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Early Modern Things Objects and Their Histories, 1500-1800

ISBN-10: 0415520517
ISBN-13: 9780415520515
Edition: 2012
Authors: Paula Findlen
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 12/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

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.1450-1750). 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, Early Modern Thingssupplies 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.

List of figures
List of tables
Contributors
Acknowledgments
Illustration sources and permissions
Introduction
Early modern things: objects in motion, 1500-1800
The ambiguity of things
Surface tension: objectifying ginseng in Chinese early modernity
Going to the birds: animals as things and beings in early modernity
The restless clock
Representing things
Stil-staende dingen: picturing objects in the Dutch Golden Age
'Things seen and unseen': The material culture of early modern inventories and their representation of domestic interiors
Costume and character in the Ottoman Empire: dress as social agent in Nicolay's Navigations
Making things
Making things: techniques and books in early modern Europe
Capricious demands: artisanal goods, business strategies, and consumer behavior in seventeenth-century Florence
Empires of things
Locating rhubarb: early modernity's relevant obscurity
The world in a shilling: silver coins and the challenge of political economy in the early modern Atlantic world
Anatolian timber and Egyptian grain: things that made the Ottoman Empire
Consuming things
The Tokugawa storehouse: Ieyasu's encounters with things
Porcelain for the poor: the material culture of tea and coffee consumption in eighteenth-century Amsterdam
Fashioning difference in Georgian England: furniture for him and for her
Epilogue: the power of things
Denaturalizing things: a comment
Something new: a comment
Identities through things: a comment
Index

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