1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to the History of Retailing

Edited By Jon Stobart, Vicki Howard Copyright 2019
    536 Pages
    by Routledge

    534 Pages 69 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Retail history is a rich, cross-disciplinary field that demonstrates the centrality of retailing to many aspects of human experience, from the provisioning of everyday goods to the shaping of urban environments; from earning a living to the construction of identity. Over the last few decades, interest in the history of retail has increased greatly, spanning centuries, extending to all areas of the globe, and drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives.  

    By offering an up-to-date, comprehensive thematic, spatial and chronological coverage of the history of retailing, this Companion goes beyond traditional narratives that are too simplistic and Euro-centric and offers a vibrant survey of this field.

    It is divided into four broad sections: 1) Contexts, 2) Spaces and places, 3) People, processes and practices and 4) Geographical variations. Chapters are written in an analytical and synthetic manner, accessible to the general reader as well as challenging for specialists, and with an international perspective.

    This volume is an important resource to a wide range of readers, including marketing and management specialists, historians, geographers, economists, sociologists and urban planners.

    1. Introduction: Global Perspectives on Retailing

    Part I: Contexts, Trends and Relationships

    2. Retailing in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds, Christopher Dyer

    3. From Consumer Revolution to Mass Market, Bruno Blondé & Ilja Van Damme

    4. Retail Development and Urban form in the United States during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Richard Longstreth

    5. The Future of Retailing: From Physical to Digital, Fiona Ellis-Chadwick

    6. Bargain Hunt? Selling Second-Hand, c.1600 to the Present, Sara Pennell

    Part II: Spaces and Places

    7. Markets and Market Halls, Manel Guàrdia, José Luis Oyón & Sergi Garriga

    8. High Street / Main Street, Ian Mitchell

    9. The History of the Department Store, Sarah Elvins

    10. The Supermarket as a Global Historical Development: Structures, Capital, and Values, Patrick Hyder Patterson

    11. Village Shops and Country Stores, Douglas McCalla

    12. Arcades, Shopping Centres and Shopping Malls, Vicki Howard and Jon Stobart

    13. Big-Box Stores, Stephen Halebsky

    Part III: People, Processes and Practices

    14. Penny Retailers and Merchant Princes, Susan Spellman

    15. Retail Workers and their Unions, 1850-2016, Daniel Opler

    16. Retail Management, Martin Purvis

    17. Multiple Retailers, David Delbert Kruger

    18. Co-operative Retailing, Mary Hilson, Silke Neunsinger & Greg Patmore

    19. By Mail and Rail: A History of Mail Order Commerce, Howard Stanger

    20. At the Margins? Itinerants and Pedlars, Laurence Fontaine

    Part IV: Geographical Variations

    21. Retail History: United States and Canada, Bettina Liverant

    22. Western Europe (including Scandinavia), Ilja Van Damme

    23. Retailing in Russia and Eastern Europe, Marjorie L. Hilton

    24 Retailing in Australia and New Zealand: Historical Perspectives through the Distinctive Lens of Innovation, Dale Miller

    25. History of Retailing in Latin America: From the Corner Store to the Supermarket, Martín Monsalve Zanatti

    26. Caravanserai to Carrefour: The Retail History of the Middle East, 600-present, Omar Foda

    27. Modern Retailing History in Japan: From the Meiji Restoration of 1868 to the Beginning of the 21st Century, Masami Harada

    28. Western Models and Eastern Influences: Japanese Department Stores in the Early Twentieth Century, Rika Fujioka

    29. Retailing in India – Strategic Overview, Nitin Sanghavi


    Jon Stobart is Professor of History at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research ranges across a wide variety of topics relating to retailing and consumption in England during the long eighteenth century. 

    Vicki Howard is a Lecturer at the University of Essex and author of From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store, which won the Hagley Prize in Business History.

     They are co-editors of the Taylor & Francis journal, History of Retailing and Consumption.

    'This compendium provides an unrivalled insight into the development of retailing through the ages. I particularly enjoyed reading the impact of entrepreneurship, innovation and regulation on retailing in countries as diverse as New Zealand and the Netherlands. A must-read for executives, academics and decision-makers who want to understand and improve the wheels of fortune in retailing.'

    Anne Staal, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands