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Early modern things : objects and their histories, 1500-1800

Author: Paula Findlen
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What can we learn about the past by studying things? How does the meaning of things, and our relationship to them, change over time? This fascinating collection taps a rich vein of recent scholarship to explore a variety of approaches to the material culture of the early modern world (c.1500-1800). Divided into six parts this book explores; the ambiguity of things, representing things, making things, empires of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paula Findlen
ISBN: 9780415520508 0415520509 9780415520515 0415520517
OCLC Number: 846793875
Description: xxiv, 389 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Early modern things: objects in motion, 1500-1800 / Paula Findlen --
Surface tension: objectifying ginseng in Chinese early modernity / Carla Nappi --
Going to the birds: animals as things and beings in early modernity / Marcy Norton --
The restless clock / Jessica Riskin --
Still-staende dingen: picturing objects in the Dutch Golden Age / Julie Hochstrasser --
'Things seen and unseen': the material culture of early modern inventories and their representation of domestic interiors / Giorgio Riello --
Costume and character in the Ottoman Empire: dress as social agent in Nicolay's Navigations / Chandra Mukerji --
Making things: techniques and books in early modern Europe / Pamela H. Smith --
Capricious demands: artisanal goods, business strategies, and consumer behavior in seventeenth-century Florence / Corey Tazzara --
Locating rhubarb: early modernity's relevant obscurity / Erika Monahan --
The world in a shilling: silver coins and the challenge of political economy in the early modern Atlantic world / Mark A. Peterson --
Anatolian timber and Egyptian grain: things that made the Ottoman Empire / Alan Mikhail --The Tokugawa storehouse: Ieyasu's encounters with things / Morgan Pitelka --
Porcelain for the poor: the material culture of tea and coffee consumption in eighteenth-century Amsterdam / Anne E.C. McCants --
Fashioning difference in Georgian England: furniture for him and for her / Amanda Vickery --
Denaturalizing things: a comment / Renata Ago --
Something new: a comment / Timothy Brook --
Identities through things: a comment / Erin K. Lichtenstein.
Responsibility: edited by Paula Findlen.

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"What can we learn about the past by studying things? How does the meaning of things, and our relationship to them, change over time? This fascinating collection taps a rich vein of recent scholarship to explore a variety of approaches to the material culture of the early modern world (c.1500-1800). Divided into six parts this book explores; the ambiguity of things, representing things, making things, empires of things, consuming things and lastly the power of things. Spanning across the early modern world, from Ming dynasty China to Georgian England, and from Ottoman Egypt to Spanish America, the authors provide a generous set of examples in how to study the circulation, use, consumption and, most fundamentally, the nature of things themselves. Drawing on a broad range of disciplinary perspectives and lavishly illustrated, Early Modern Things supplies fresh and provocative insights into how objects - ordinary and extraordinary, secular and sacred, natural and man-made - came to define some of the key developments of the early modern world. This book will be essential reading for all those interested in the early modern world."--Provided by publisher.

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