Early Modern consumption history current challenges and future perspectives
Faculty of Arts. History
Hague :Koninklijk nederlands historisch genootschap
BMGN-THE LOW COUNTRIES HISTORICAL REVIEW
, p. 57-84
University of Antwerp
Stimulated by wide-ranging theories on its cultural and economic significance, the history of early modern consumption in the Low Countries has received a remarkable amount of attention in historiography during the last three decades. During this period the growing body of empirical evidence, as well as shifting theoretical frameworks, have gradually altered our understanding of early modern patterns of consumption, their causes and consequences. The current article presents a review of the main tendencies in the field of early modern consumption history, and the challenges to this historiographical field these have presented. Based on these challenges, the article suggests new avenues for future research.