A History of Global Consumption: 1500 - 1800 by Ina Baghdiantz McCabe

By Ina Baghdiantz McCabe

In A historical past of world intake: 1500 – 1800, Ina Baghdiantz McCabe examines the background of intake during the early glossy interval utilizing a mix of chronological and thematic dialogue, taking a entire and wide-reaching view of a subject matter that has lengthy been at the old time table. The identify explores the subject from the increase of the collector in Renaissance Europe to the start of intake as a political device within the eighteenth century.

Beginning with an summary of the background of intake and the foremost theorists, corresponding to Bourdieu, Elias and Barthes, who've formed its improvement as a box, Baghdiantz McCabe methods the topic via a transparent chronological framework. Supplemented by way of illlustrations in each bankruptcy and varying in scope from an research of the good fortune of yank commodities akin to tobacco, sugar and chocolate in Europe and Asia to a dialogue of the Dutch tulip mania, A background of worldwide intake: 1500 – 1800 is the precise advisor for all scholars attracted to the social, cultural and financial heritage of the early smooth interval.

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The most ancient written records indicate that the printed book was in existence in China as early as the Chang Dynasty (1765–1123 BC). Printing was done on fragments of bones and on the scales of tortoise shells. Some 2,500 different characters have been deciphered as the ancestors of the 800 characters used Collecting the World 33 today. A book that we today would recognize as a book in its most ancient form was made of wooden or bamboo tablets inscribed vertically with a pointed stylus dipped in varnish.

72 For several princes, practical alchemy was intimately tied to the pursuit of profits through mining. Alchemists assisted princes whose mined ore was difficult to smelt but they also promised either to multiply the existing metals mined or to turn these metals into better quality ones. This was primarily a utilitarian use of alchemy but one that had many patrons hoping for unusually spectacular results. Alchemists’ participation in the world of commerce and their claims to produce goods did not go unnoticed.

58 The sixteenth century saw the printing of the first world atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). It was based on an early eight-leaved map printed by the same cartographer and geographer, Abraham Ortelius, considered the father of the first world map. The first modern atlas was printed in Antwerp in 1570 and consisted of fifty-three maps. It was not a completely accurate map of the world, for example South America had a very faulty outline, but it was soon corrected in the 1587 French edition of the atlas.

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