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Global Goods and the Country House: Comparative perspectives, 1650–1800

Stobart, Jon (Ed). (2023) Global Goods and the Country House: Comparative perspectives, 1650–1800. [Book]. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Global goods were central to the material culture of eighteenth-century country houses. Across Europe, mahogany furniture, Chinese wallpapers and Indian textiles formed the backdrop to genteel practices of drinking sweetened coffee, tea and chocolate from Chinese porcelain. They tied these houses and their wealthy owners into global systems of supply and the processes of colonialism and empire. Global Goods and the Country House builds on these narratives, and then challenges them by decentring our perspective. It offers a comparative framework that explores the definition, ownership and meaning of global goods outside the usual context of European imperial powers. What were global goods and what did they mean for wealthy landowners in places at the ‘periphery’ of Europe (Sweden and Wallachia), in the British colonies of North America and the Caribbean, or in the extra-colonial context (Japan or Rajasthan)? By addressing these questions, this volume offers fresh insights into the multi-directional flow of goods and cultures that enmeshed the eighteenth-century world. And by placing these goods in their specific material context - from the English country house to the princely palaces of Rajasthan - we gain a better understanding of their use and meaning, and of their role in linking the global and the local.

Type: Book
Title: Global Goods and the Country House: Comparative perspectives, 1650–1800
ISBN: 9781800083837
ISBN-13: 9781800083837
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781800083837
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800083837
Language: English
Additional information: Non-derivative 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), https://creativecom mons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/. This licence allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non- commercial use provided author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Attribution should include the following information: Stobart, J. (ed.) 2023. Global Goods and the Country House: Comparative perspectives, 1650–1800. London: UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800083837 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/
Keywords: eighteenth century, global trade, object-based learning, empires, trade routes
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10179625
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