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Palgrave Macmillan

The Landscape of Consumption

Shopping Streets and Cultures in Western Europe, 1600-1900

ISBN 9780230355644
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This volume brings together research on retailing and shopping and their embeddedness in urban space, themes that have attracted wide interest in recent decades. Addressing these themes over an era that bridges the early modern and modern period, the authors argue that the 'modernity' of the nineteenth century is often overemphasised, at the expense of recognising the continuities with the earlier period and the degree of innovation that took place before the onset of 'modernity'. This collection compares long-term developments in retail locations, retailing formats, regulation of shopping streets, and the cult of shopping for pleasure across a number of neighbouring countries and regions (Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands), and offers surprising new insights into the processes of cultural transfer, appropriation and exchange.

Jan Hein Furnée is an Assistant Professor of Modern History at the University of Amsterdam, and Professor of History at the Open University, the Netherlands. His main fields of interest are the history of leisure, consumption, elite culture and cultural policy in the modern city.
Clé Lesger is an Associate Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His main fields of interest are early modern economic history, the history of trade and shipping, the history of retailing, urban land use, and social residential segregation in early modern cities.

1. Shopping Streets and Shopping Cultures from a Long Term and Transnational Perspective: An Introduction; Clé Lesger and Jan Hein Furnée
2. The Shopping Streets of Provincial England, 1650-1840; Jon Stobart
3. Stalls, Bulks, Shops and Long Term Change in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century England; Claire Walsh
4. Shopping Streets in Eighteenth-Century Paris: A Landscape Shaped by Historical, Economic and Social Forces; Natacha Coquery
5. Antwerp goes Shopping! Continuity and Change in Retail Space and Shopping Interactions from the Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries; Ilja van Damme with Laura van Aert
6. Urban Planning, Urban Improvement and the Retail Landscape in Amsterdam, 1600-1850; Clé Lesger
7. German Landscapes of Consumption, 1750-1850: Perspectives of German and Foreign Travellers; Heidrun Homburg
8. Something Old, Something Borrowed, Something New: the Brussels Shopping Townscape, 1830-1914; Anneleen Arnout
9. Innovation and Tradition in the Shopping Landscape of Paris and a Provincial Town, 1800-1900; Marie Gillet,
10. 'Our Living Museum of Nouveautés': Visual and Social Pleasures in The Hague's Shopping Streets, 1650-1900; Jan Hein Furnée

Anneleen Arnout, University of Leuven, Belgium
Natacha Coquery, University of Lyon 2, France
Marie Gillet, University of Franche-Comté, France
Heidrun Homburg, University of Freiburg, Germany
Jon Stobart, University of Northampton, UK
Laura van Aert, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Ilja Van Damme, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Claire Walsh, Open University, UK


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