Title
Retail growth and consumer changes in a declining urban economy: Antwerp (16501750)Retail growth and consumer changes in a declining urban economy: Antwerp (16501750)
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. History
Research group
Centre for Urban History
Publication type
article
Publication
London,
Subject
History
Source (journal)
The economic history review. - London
Volume/pages
63(2010):3, p. 638-663
ISSN
0013-0117
1468-0289
ISI
000279621900004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article examines the interplay between retail changes and transformations in the material culture of Antwerp, a provincial town in the southern Netherlands. We argue that major changes in the eighteenth-century material culture and retail sector were not significantly linked to preconditions of economic growth and urbanization. The Antwerp retail paradox is that of a shrinking economic horizon running parallel to material culture and retail transformations, usually connected to expanding urban economies and societies. Changing retail and consumer practices explain the growing and prospering retail sector, rather than a growing economy.
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