Material Cultures of Living

European attitudes to novelties

Authored by: Raffaella Sarti

The Routledge Companion to Cultural History in the Western World

Print publication date:  September  2020
Online publication date:  September  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138649460
eBook ISBN: 9781003080206
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Today, in the so-called ‘Anthropocene’, the whole planet could be included in a cultural history of material culture. This chapter will inevitably have a much more limited scope. It will illustrate, in a cultural-historical perspective, some features and trends of the European material cultures of living between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, mainly focusing on food, the domestic environment and clothing, and the encounters between Europeans and goods from other parts of the world. As a period characterized by booming connections between Europe and the other continents, early modern history is interesting both because of its intrinsic value, and to understand the origins of globalization.

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