The Industrious Revolution: Consumer Behavior and the Household Economy, 1650 to the Present

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April 2008



This book traces the evolution of an 'industrious revolution' that fundamentally altered the material cultures of Europe and North America.


1. The transformation of consumer desire in the long eighteenth century; 2. The origins of the Industrious Revolution; 3. The Industrious Revolution: the supply of labor; 4. The Industrious Revolution: consumer demand; 5. The breadwinner-homemaker household; 6. A second Industrious Revolution?; Appendix I.


Jan de Vries has been a Professor of History and Economics at the University of California at Berkeley since 1973 where he holds the Sidney Hellman Ehrman endowed chair in European history. De Vries has also served as Chair of the History Department, Dean of Social Sciences, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. He has written 5 books, 65 published articles and book chapters, and 45 book reviews. In addition, he is co-editor of 3 books. He is the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson and Guggenheim fellowships, among others; has held grants from NSF and NIH; and has held visiting fellowships to the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, and All Souls College, Oxford. He has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy,the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is the 2000 recipient of the A. H. Heineken Prize in History.


'... this book will interest all concerned with human behaviour in its many forms ... it contains interesting insights into the ways behaviour has changed over the past couple of centuries ...' The Financial Times 'Buy, buy buy.' Times Literary Supplement 'This is an apposite book in these days of 'credit crunch' and has an important contemporary as well as historical significance.' The Historical Association
EAN: 9780521895026
ISBN: 0521895022
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2008
Seitenanzahl: 327 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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