Perez-Garcia, Manuel, lecturer at the Department of International Politics, School of International Relations, Renmin University of China. He received Ph.D. on Global and Trans-National History, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute (Florence, Italy), June, 2011. His research interest includes Global Studies, Sino-European International Relations, Market Integration, Trade Networks, Trans-national and Comparative Studies, Global History, Consumption Studies.
Synopsis of the book:
The birth of a mass consumer society in Western Europe has been the subject of much scholarly debate in recent years. In order to come to a further understanding of the issue, this book adopts an analytical approach, paying special attention to the socio-cultural and economic transfers which occur when different commodities are introduced to territories with diverse values and identities. In particular, it examines the role of merchants and their important influence on consumer decisions, alongside a systematic analysis of probate inventories from southern Spain, to reveal shifts in the patterns of consumption of new goods in urban and rural families, underlining a growing interest in new, exotic and foreign goods.