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The History of Retailing and Consumption


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Initially published by Ashgate, Routledge welcomed the History of Retailing and Consumption book series to the fold in 2016. The series aims to explore all aspects of the broad field and to date, themes have included retailing, fashion, design and food with studies spanning the whole gamut of historical eras from ancient times to the twentieth century.

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Making, Selling and Wearing Boys' Clothes in Late-Victorian England

Making, Selling and Wearing Boys' Clothes in Late-Victorian England

1st Edition

By Clare Rose
November 28, 2016

There has been a great deal of recent interest in masculine clothing, examining both its production and consumption, and the ways in which it was used to create individual identities and to build businesses, from 1850 onwards. Drawing upon a wide range of sources this book studies the interaction ...

The Complete Tradesman A Study of Retailing, 1550–1820

The Complete Tradesman: A Study of Retailing, 1550–1820

1st Edition

By Nancy Cox
August 26, 2016

The Complete Tradesman redresses the relative paucity of studies on the history of retailing before 1800. Based upon extensive research into diverse trade sources, Cox takes issue with the surprisingly resilient stereotype of the 'dull' and 'out of date' shopkeeper in the early modern period, ...

The Force of Fashion in Politics and Society Global Perspectives from Early Modern to Contemporary Times

The Force of Fashion in Politics and Society: Global Perspectives from Early Modern to Contemporary Times

1st Edition

Edited By Beverly Lemire
October 03, 2016

Throughout history, fashion has emerged as one of the most powerful driving forces determining the political, economic and social ramifications of the production, distribution and circulation of goods. Indeed fashion, especially in relation to clothing and textiles, shapes the relationship between ...

Concepts of Value in European Material Culture, 1500-1900

Concepts of Value in European Material Culture, 1500-1900

1st Edition

By Bert De Munck, Dries Lyna
August 28, 2015

In contemporary society it would seem self-evident that people allow the market to determine the values of products and services. For everything from a loaf of bread to a work of art to a simple haircut, value is expressed in monetary terms and seen as determined primarily by the 'objective' ...

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