Empire of Things

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Empire of Things

Empire of Things

How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First

  • Author: Frank Trentmann
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0241198402
  • Category: History
  • Page: 880
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The epic history of consumption, and the goods that have transformed our lives over the past 600 years What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers, and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. In this monumental study, acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British Empire to the present. Astonishingly wide-ranging and richly detailed, Empire of Things explores how we have come to live with so much more, how this changed the course of history, and the global challenges we face as a result.

The Empire of Things

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The Empire of Things

The Empire of Things

Regimes of Value and Material Culture

  • Author: Fred R. Myers
  • Publisher: James Currey Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781930618053
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 353
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Collection of anthropological essays on contemporary material culture; introductory essay by Myers discusses exchange theory - Weiner's critique via the concept of the inaliable object, value and meaning, gift and commodity opposition; consumption, production and alienation, objectification of social processes and the formation of the subject - reference to sacred objects (central Australia); nationalism; art as material culture - value hierarchy, modernity and primitivism; problems of museum display; papers by Myers on acrylic art and Thomas on Margaret Preston annotated separately.

British Culture and the End of Empire

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British Culture and the End of Empire

British Culture and the End of Empire

  • Author: Stuart Ward
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • ISBN: 9780719060489
  • Category: History
  • Page: 241
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The demise of the British Empire in the three decades following the Second World War is a theme that has been well traversed in studies of post-war British politics, economics and foreign relations. Yet there has been strikingly little attention to the question of how these dramatic changes in Britain's relationships with the wider world were reflected in British culture. This volume addresses this central issue, arguing that the social and cultural impact of decolonisation had as significant an effect on the imperial centre as on the colonial periphery. Far from being a matter of indifference or resigned acceptance as is often suggested, the fall of the British Empire came as a profound shock to the British national imagination, and resonated widely in British popular culture.

Empire of Rust

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Empire of Rust

Empire of Rust

a post-apocalyptic fantasy

  • Author: Val St. Crowe
  • Publisher: Punk Rawk Books
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 348
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Consumption and the World of Goods

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Consumption and the World of Goods

Consumption and the World of Goods

  • Author: John Brewer,Roy Porter
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136157670
  • Category: History
  • Page: 588
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The study of past society in terms of what it consumes rather than what it produces is - relatively speaking - a new development. The focus on consumption changes the whole emphasis and structure of historical enquiry. While human beings usually work within a single trade or industry as producers, as, say, farmers or industrial workers, as consumers they are active in many different markets or networks. And while history written from a production viewpoint has, by chance or design, largely been centred on the work of men, consumption history helps to restore women o the mainstream. The history of consumption demands a wide range of skills. It calls upon the methods and techniques of many other disciplines, including archaeology, sociology, social and economic history, anthropology and art criticism. But it is not simply a melting-pot of techniques and skills, brought to bear on a past epoch. Its objectives amount to a new description of a past culture in its totality, as perceived through its patterns of consumption in goods and services. Consumption and the World of Goods is the first of three volumes to examine history from this perspective, and is a unique collaboration between twenty-six leading subject specialists from Europe and North America. The outcome is a new interpretation of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, one that shapes a new historical landscape based on the consumption of goods and services.

Empire of Dreams

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Empire of Dreams

Empire of Dreams

  • Author: Giannina Braschi
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 9780300057959
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 219
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A collection of stream-of-consciousness jottings by a Puerto Rican woman on life in New York City. A portrait of the city by a writer with an acute sense of observation. The author teaches Spanish at a university.

Empire of Style

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Empire of Style

Empire of Style

Silk and Fashion in Tang China

  • Author: BuYun Chen
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • ISBN: 0295745312
  • Category: History
  • Page: 272
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Tang dynasty (618–907) China hummed with cosmopolitan trends. Its capital at Chang’an was the most populous city in the world and was connected via the Silk Road with the critical markets and thriving cultures of Central Asia and the Middle East. In Empire of Style, BuYun Chen reveals a vibrant fashion system that emerged through the efforts of Tang artisans, wearers, and critics of clothing. Across the empire, elite men and women subverted regulations on dress to acquire majestic silks and au courant designs, as shifts in economic and social structures gave rise to what we now recognize as precursors of a modern fashion system: a new consciousness of time, a game of imitation and emulation, and a shift in modes of production. This first book on fashion in premodern China is informed by archaeological sources—paintings, figurines, and silk artifacts—and textual records such as dynastic annals, poetry, tax documents, economic treatises, and sumptuary laws. Tang fashion is shown to have flourished in response to a confluence of social, economic, and political changes that brought innovative weavers and chic court elites to the forefront of history.

Empire of the Black Angel

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Empire of the Black Angel

Empire of the Black Angel

  • Author: Bob Swan
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing
  • ISBN: 178719261X
  • Category:
  • Page: 354
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Lux Augustina is on a journey across the Abyss, for years he had suffered at the hands of his family and peers, raped of innocence, crushed and cast out, he should have died; yet did not. Deep down he summons the courage to fight back, to better himself and learn and become ever more powerful. That journey led him to San Fransisco to the Temple of Set, where he, for a short time, was happy, until Christian Fundamentalists burned down their temple and the Reverend Iziah P. Dollar murders his fraternity. Lux summons the darkest forces to exact a revenge so terrible, that it becomes an Apocalypse, laying waste to the North American continent. This is just the beginning of a very personal war between Lux Augustina and the Reverend Iziah P. Dollar.

Empire of Letters

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Empire of Letters

Empire of Letters

Writing in Roman Literature and Thought from Lucretius to Ovid

  • Author: Stephanie Ann Frampton
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0190915412
  • Category: History
  • Page: 224
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Shedding new light on the history of the book in antiquity, Empire of Letters tells the story of writing at Rome at the pivotal moment of transition from Republic to Empire (c. 55 BCE-15 CE). By uniting close readings of the period's major authors with detailed analysis of material texts, it argues that the physical embodiments of writing were essential to the worldviews and self-fashioning of authors whose works took shape in them. Whether in wooden tablets, papyrus bookrolls, monumental writing in stone and bronze, or through the alphabet itself, Roman authors both idealized and competed with writing's textual forms. The academic study of the history of the book has arisen largely out of the textual abundance of the age of print, focusing on the Renaissance and after. But fewer than fifty fragments of classical Roman bookrolls survive, and even fewer lines of poetry. Understanding the history of the ancient Roman book requires us to think differently about this evidence, placing it into the context of other kinds of textual forms that survive in greater numbers, from the fragments of Greek papyri preserved in the garbage heaps of Egypt to the Latin graffiti still visible on the walls of the cities destroyed by Vesuvius. By attending carefully to this kind of material in conjunction with the rich literary testimony of the period, Empire of Letters exposes the importance of textuality itself to Roman authors, and puts the written word back at the center of Roman literature.

The Empire of Love

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The Empire of Love

The Empire of Love

Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Genealogy, and Carnality

  • Author: Elizabeth A. Povinelli
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9780822338895
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 285
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Anthropologist Elizabeth A. Povinelli theorizes intimate relations as sites which bring into view the interplay between liberalism's contradictory ideals of freedom and constraint.