A Nation of Shopkeepers: Five Centuries of British Retailing

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John Benson, Laura Ugolini
I.B.Tauris, 2003 - History - 269 pages
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A Nation of Shopkeepers reflects some of the most exciting research on retail history and cultures of consumption. The contributors challenge existing ideas about retail development showing how, for example, large-scale retailers played a far lesser role in the development of the modern city than is generally thought, and how the success of department stores was determined less by ‘entrepreneurial’ spirit and more by the unforeseen consequences of legislation.
 

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Contents

moral economic and political
26
Social meaning and social space in the shopping galleries
52
Men masculinities and menswear advertising c 18901914
80
Liverpool
106
Regional variations in the development of
127
Qty centre retailing in late nineteenth and early
155
Retail property ownership in Edwardian England
180
municipal improvements
206
Index
249
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John Benson is Professor of History, Laura Ugolini is Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, both at the University of Wolverhampton

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