Empire of Things

Author(s): Frank Trentmann


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.


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Frank Trentmann is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and directed the GBP5 million Cultures of Consumption research programme. His last book, Free Trade Nation, won the Whitfield Prize for outstanding historical scholarship and achievement from the Royal Historical Society. He was educated at Hamburg University, the LSE and at Harvard, where he received his PhD. In 2014 he was Moore Distinguished Fellow at Caltech.

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  • : 9780713999624
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Allen Lane
  • : December 2015
  • : 24.00 cmmm X 16.20 cmmm X 5.50 cmmm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2016
  • : books

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  • : Frank Trentmann
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 306.309
  • : 880