Streets of Splendor: Shopping Culture and Spaces in a European Capital City (Brussels, 1830-1914), 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Streets of Splendor

Shopping Culture and Spaces in a European Capital City (Brussels, 1830-1914), 1st Edition

By Anneleen Arnout


292 pages

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This book addresses the unresolved question of how urban retailing and consumption changed during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It replaces the usual focus on just one (type of) shopping institution with that of the urban shopping landscape in its entirety. Based on secondary sources for comparable cities and an in-depth empirical analysis of primary sources for Brussels, the author demonstrates that the unbridled commercialisation of cities in the nineteenth century cannot be understood without taking into account the entirety of the shopping landscape. Through a quantitative and qualitative analysis, she shows how and why the culture and spaces of shopping evolved.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

List of Maps

List of Tables


List of Abbreviations

Setting up shop. Introduction

  1. Bursting blossoms. Brussels shops & shopping, 1830s
  2. Late bloom

    Portrait of a town

    Sequences and dots

    The shop and its keeper

    Around the corner

  3. Shopping in style. The Galeries Saint-Hubert and the Chaussée
  4. Brussels when it sizzles

    A site of modernity

    Shopping in ‘space’

    Close encounters

    Conclusion: a site of modernity?

  5. Cleaning house. Markets and halls
  6. Chronicle of a demise foretold?

    Under pressure

    The best laid plans

    Exploring shadows

    Conclusion: divide and conquer

  7. Bigger and brighter. Downtown and the department store
  8. Noah’s ark

    Department stores in Brussels

    Location, location, location

    A frenzy for more

    Conclusion: shopping on speed

  9. Shopping Galore. Brussels shops & shopping, 1910s

Full bloom

Portrait of a city: Belle Epoque Brussels

Density and diversity

Conclusion: shopping galore

Closing time. Conclusion


Appendix 1

Appendix 2


About the Author

Anneleen Arnout is Postdoctoral Fellow at the history department of the Radboud University Nijmegen. She holds a Veni-grant of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Social History