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Luxury, Fashion and the Early Modern Idea of Credit

ISBN 9780367332693
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Book Description

Luxury, Fashion and the Early Modern Idea of Credit addresses how social and cultural ideas about credit and trust, in the context of fashion and trade, were affected by the growth and development of the bankruptcy institution.


Luxury, fashion and social standing are intimately connected to consumption on credit. Drawing on data from the fashion trade, this fascinating edited volume shows how the concepts of credit, trust and bankruptcy changed towards the end of the early modern period (1500−1800) and in the beginning of the modern period. Focusing on Sweden, with comparative material from France and other European countries, this volume draws together emerging and established scholars from across the fields of economic history and fashion.


This book is an essential read for scholars in economic history, financial history, social history and European history.

Table of Contents

General Introduction Klas Nyberg  Part 1: Paris: The capital of luxury  1. Rational Follies: Fashion, Luxury and Credit in Eighteenth-Century Paris  Paula von Wachenfeldt  2. The French model and the rise of Swedish fashion Klas Nyberg  Part 2: The Swedish financial system and bankruptcy law  3. The Swedish bankruptcy-system, 1734−1849 Karl Gratzer, Mats Hayen and Klas Nyberg  4. Bankruptcies in Sweden, 1774−1849. Causes and structural differences Marcus Box, Karl Gratzer and Xiang Lin  Part 3: Credit and bankruptcies in the fashion and luxury trades in Sweden 1730−1850  5. The institutional setting of the luxury trades in eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Stockholm Klas Nyberg  6. Economic behaviour and social strategies in the Stockholm silk weaving industry, 1744–1831 Håkan Jakobsson  7. Hair Professionals in Financial Distress in Stockholm, 1750–1830 Riina Turunen and Kustaa H. J. Vilkuna  8. Book printing in Stockholm, from royal privilege to market economy, 1780–1850 Mats Hayen  9. Cabinet makers and chair makers in Stockholm 1730–1850. Production, market and economy in a regulated economy Göran Ulväng  10. Credit relations among painting professionals in Stockholm, 1760−1849 Azel Hagberg and Klas Nyberg  Part 4: Conclusions  11. The credit market of Stockholm in an international perspective Klas Nyberg

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Klas Nyberg is Professor of Fashion Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden.

Håkan Jakobsson is a PhD student in the department of History at Stockholm University, Sweden.