In splendid isolation' : a comparative perspective on the historiographies of the material renaissance' and the consumer revolution
Faculty of Arts. History
History of retailing & consumption. - Abingdon
, p. 105-124
University of Antwerp
Richard Goldthwaite's pioneering work on the material culture of the Italian Renaissance offered many clues for better understanding long-term changes and continuities in European patterns of consumption during the early modern period. Yet the large historiographical body on the subject of the material renaissance has largely ignored or rejected these, and has more often than not studied the field in a sort of splendid isolation. This article presents a review of some of the most important contributions to this field, and attempts to link them to the ongoing debates on early modern consumer change in the social and economic history outside of Italy.