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At what point did the British develop their mania for interiors, wallpaper, furniture, and decoration? Why have the middle classes developed so passionate an attachment to the contents of their homes? This absorbing book offers surprising answers to these questions, uncovering the roots of todays consumer society and investigating the forces that shape consumer desires. Richly illustrated, Household Gods chronicles a hundred years of British interiors, focusing on class, choice, shopping, and possessions.

Exploring a wealth of unusual records and archives, Deborah Cohen locates the source of modern consumerism and materialism in early nineteenth-century religious fervor. Over the course of the Victorian era, consumerism shed the taint of sin to become the preeminent means of expressing individuality. The book ranges from musty antique shops to luxurious emporia, from suburban semi-detached houses to elegant city villas, from husbands fretting about mantelpieces to women appropriating home decoration as a feminist cause. It uncovers a society of consumers whose identities have become entwined with the things they put in their houses.

About the Author

Deborah Cohen is associate professor of history at Brown University. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300136418
Author:
Cohen, Deborah
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Interior Design - General
Subject:
World History-England General
Subject:
Great britain
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 b/w + 15 color illus.
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
189 x 234 mm 1.95 lb

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History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
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