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History and Material Culture


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List of illustrationsList of contributorsAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Historians, material culture and materialityKaren Harvey1 - Things that shape history: material culture and historical narrativesGiorgio Riello2 - Ornament as evidenceAndrew Morrall3 - Back yards and beyond: landscapes and historyMarina Moskowitz4 - Draping the body and dressing the home: the material culture of textiles and clothes in the Atlantic world, c. 1500-1800Beverly Lemire5 - Using buildings to understand social history: Britain and Ireland in the seventeenth centuryAnne Laurence6 - Pushed around: material culture, dispossession, and the American shopping cartCatherine Gudis7 - Repurposed objects and performance: ritual acts of healing in East AfricaJonathan Walz8 - Object biographies: from production to consumptionKarin Dannehl9 - Regional identity and material cultureHelen Berry10 - Objects and agency: material culture and modernity in ChinaFrank Dikoetter11 - Mundane materiality, or, should small things still be forgotten? Material culture, micro-histories and the problem of scaleSara Pennell12 - The case of the missing footstool: reading the absent objectGlenn AdamsonIndex

About the Author

Karen Harvey is a Professor of History at the University of Birmingham. Her publications include Reading Sex in the Eighteenth Century: Bodies and Gender in English Erotic Culture (2004), The Kiss in History (2005) and The Little Republic: Masculinity and Domesticity in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2012).

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