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Empire of Things

How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-first

by Frank Trentmann

Hardcover, 862 pages, HarperCollins, List Price: $40 |

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Empire of Things
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How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-first
Author
Frank Trentmann

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From Renaissance Italy and late Ming China to today's global economy, the author recounts the epic history of the goods that have seduced, enriched and unsettled human lives over the past 600 years.