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Plumes : ostrich feathers, Jews, and a lost world of global commerce

Author: Sarah Abrevaya Stein
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2008.
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The thirst for exotic ornament among fashionable women in the metropoles of Europe and America prompted a bustling global trade in ostrich feathers that flourished from the 1880s until the First World War. When feathers fell out of fashion with consumers, the result was an economic catastrophe for many, a worldwide feather bust. The authors draws on rich archival materials to bring to light the prominent and varied  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Abrevaya Stein
ISBN: 9780300127362 0300127367 9780300168181 0300168187
OCLC Number: 223871501
Notes: Map on endpapers.
Description: xii, 244 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The pursuit of plumes --
The Cape of Southern Africa : Atlantic crossings --
London : global feather hub --
The trans-Saharan trade : Mediterranean connections --
The American feather world --
Conclusion: Global stories.
Responsibility: Sarah Abrevaya Stein.
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Presents the prominent and varied roles of Jews in the feather trade. This book discovers that Jews fostered and nurtured the trade across the global commodity chain and throughout the far-flung  Read more...

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"In this innovative and intriguing book, Stein zeroes in on one colonial commodity-ostrich feathers-and produces the first coherent history of their production and trade. This book is in conversation Read more...

 
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