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Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First

  title={Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First},
  author={Frank Trentmann},
What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers, and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. In this monumental study, acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British empire to the present. Astonishingly wide-ranging and richly detailed, Empire of Things… 
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  • K. Gerth
  • Business
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  • 2020
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