Cathedrals of Consumption - The European Department Store 1850-1939, edited by Geoffrey Crossick and Serge Jauman

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Cathedrals of Consumption - The European Department Store 1850-1939, edited by Geoffrey Crossick and Serge Jauman
Cathedrals of Consumption - The European Department Store 1850-1939, edited by Geoffrey Crossick and Serge Jauman

Published by Ashgate in 1999, 326 pages. Hardback (S8295RWSO)

ISBN:9781840142365

From the rear side cover: The history of the department store has moved into the limelight in recent years. After many decades in which it was almost exclusively historians of retailing and company biographers who were interested in the phenomenon, the department store has now come to attract the attention of historians of culture, consumption, gender, urban life and much more. Indeed, the depart­ment store in its classic era of expansive growth has often seemed better than anything else to embody the cultural and social modernity of its time.

The articles in this book range widely in presenting the breadth of these new approaches to department store history. An introductory essay explores the questions that surround the department store from its appearance in the mid­ nineteenth century, through its golden age in the decades before the First World War, to the challenges posed in the more competitive world of inter­ war Europe. A dozen contributors - writing about Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and Hungary - then examine themes as varied as the new public space which department stores provided for women, the politics of con­sumption, the architecture of the new stores, the training of the workforce, the cult of shopping, advertising strategies, shoplifting, employer organisa­tions, and the geographical spread of the new stores, while a comparison with eighteenth-century London raises the question of just how new the department store was.


The condition of the book is generally excellent. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
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