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Achat pour les épiceries exotiques en mi-18ème-siècle Angleterre

Stobart, J. (2011) Achat pour les épiceries exotiques en mi-18ème-siècle Angleterre. Histoire Urbane. 30, pp. 127-146. 1628-0482.

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Abstract: The eighteenth-century witnessed rapid growth in the consumption of exotic goods in Britain; not just the sugar and spice of the title, but also tea, coffee and chocolate. This growth prompted a surge in the ownership of furnishings and equipment for the consumption of these new commodities, including tea tables, kettles and cups, coffee mills and chocolate pots, and sugar bowls. Whilst British manufacturers were soon able to provide many of these durable goods, the consumables themselves remained ‘exotic’ imports. This paper begins by outlining the ways in which imported groceries were promoted through trade cards. These placed great emphasis on the exotic nature of these goods, situating the consumer in the world economy and portraying them as cosmopolitan. This stands in stark contrast to the more mundane processes whereby sugar, spices, tea and coffee were actually acquired. Drawing on detailed analysis of probate inventories and shopkeepers’ account books, the paper argues that these goods were widely available and that shopping for them had become an everyday occurrence in the second quarter of the eighteenth century. Rather than constructing an identity as cosmopolitan, the consumption of tea, coffee and sugar was more closely linked to status and sociability
Uncontrolled Keywords: Consumption, groceries, eighteenth-century, retail history
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5428 Retail trade
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5801 Advertising
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions > HC94 By region or country > HC257 Great Britain > HC260.C6 Consumerism
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA498 1714-1760
Creators: Stobart, Jon
Publisher: Société Française d’Histoire Urbaine
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities > History
Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > History
Date: April 2011
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 127-146
Journal or Publication Title: Histoire Urbane
Volume: 30
Language: French
ISSN: 1628-0482
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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