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The Historical ConsumerHistory and the Study of Consumerism: A Historian of the West Looks to Japan

The Historical Consumer: History and the Study of Consumerism: A Historian of the West Looks to... [For generations, histories of the West were infused with assumptions of that region’s exceptionalism — exceptionalism in culture, politics and economy. This powerful underlying narrative shaped analyses and directed research, while many unwarrantable claims remained untested for generations. As a hypothesis, it was a by-product of the unprecedented imperial expansion of Western powers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, along with exceptional industrial growth, both concurrent with the expansion of the Western academy. Disciplines such as history developed within this political milieu. And academics commonly echoed the dominant discourses of their age.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Historical ConsumerHistory and the Study of Consumerism: A Historian of the West Looks to Japan

Editors: Francks, Penelope; Hunter, Janet
The Historical Consumer — Nov 6, 2015

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2012
ISBN
978-1-349-32413-2
Pages
306 –324
DOI
10.1057/9780230367340_13
Publisher site
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Abstract

[For generations, histories of the West were infused with assumptions of that region’s exceptionalism — exceptionalism in culture, politics and economy. This powerful underlying narrative shaped analyses and directed research, while many unwarrantable claims remained untested for generations. As a hypothesis, it was a by-product of the unprecedented imperial expansion of Western powers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, along with exceptional industrial growth, both concurrent with the expansion of the Western academy. Disciplines such as history developed within this political milieu. And academics commonly echoed the dominant discourses of their age.]

Published: Nov 6, 2015

Keywords: Cotton Textile; Eighteenth Century; Consumer Society; Global History; Consumer Practice

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