The Importance of British Material Culture to Historical Archaeologies of the Nineteenth Century - Society for Historical Archaeology Series in Material Culture (Hardback)
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The Importance of British Material Culture to Historical Archaeologies of the Nineteenth Century - Society for Historical Archaeology Series in Material Culture (Hardback)

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Britain was the industrial and political powerhouse of the nineteenth century-the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the center of the largest empire of the time. With its broad imperial reach-and even broader indirect influence-Britain had a major impact on nineteenth-century material culture worldwide. Because British manufactured goods were widespread in British colonies and beyond, a more nuanced understanding of those goods can enhance the archaeological study of the people who used them far beyond Britain's shores. However, until recently archaeologists have given relatively little attention to such goods in Britain itself, thereby missing what is often revealing and useful contextual information for historical archaeologists working in countries where British goods were consumed while also leaving significant portions of Britain's own archaeological record poorly understood.
The Importance of British Material Culture to Historical Archaeologies of the Nineteenth Century helps fill these gaps, through case studies demonstrating the importance and meaning of mass-produced material culture in Britain from the birth of the Industrial Revolution (mid-1700s) to early World War II. By examining many disparate items-such as ceramics made for export, various goods related to food culture, Scottish land documents, and artifacts of death-these studies enrich both an understanding of Britain itself and the many places it influenced during the height of its international power.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803277304
Number of pages: 390
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is an important volume, and historical archaeologists will undoubtedly find it immensely useful everywhere the British commercial empire left its material mark."-Charles E. Orser Jr., Journal of Anthropological Research -- Charles E. Orser Jr. * Journal of Anthropological Research *
"This strong volume of well-crafted papers enhances our understanding of nineteenth century British material culture."-Douglas E. Ross, BC Studies -- Douglas E. Ross * BC Studies *
"This book is important to the field of historical archaeology as it provides the necessary comparative framework for all material culture studies worldwide. . . . The ideas here will spark a very important movement in England that will give historical archaeology or the archaeology of the modern world its proper spot in the legacy of archaeology in Britain."-Stephen Brighton, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland and author of Historical Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora: A Transnational Approach -- Stephen Brighton

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