Luxury Trades and Consumerism in Ancien Régime Paris: Studies in the History of the Skilled Workforce

1st Edition

Robert Fox, Anthony Turner

Routledge
Published August 26, 2016
Reference - 326 Pages
ISBN 9781138275119 - CAT# Y315444

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Summary

Since the 16th century, Paris has been a leading arbiter of taste and the ultimate source of luxury goods for Europe and the world. However, the origins of the luxury trades of Paris and their role in the wider economic development of France and Europe have been relatively little examined by historians. This volume provides an entry into some of the many questions raised by the growth of the luxury trades, by bringing together eight detailed case studies of specific trades with five more wide-ranging and theoretical contributions. It therefore offers both the results of entirely new research and a range of new perspectives and methodological reflections on the subject as a whole. Essential to economic and social historians of Early Modern France, the book will also be of interest to all students of material culture.

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