History Today February 2009 | Volume: 59 Issue: 2 | Page 12-19 |
Words: 3737 | Author: Thomas, Keith
During the 17th century, Britain witnessed the birth of a consumer
society. But, as the number of possessions grew, so did the concept of
`taste', a subtle and elusive yardstick by which people advertised
their social position and sensibilities. Keith Thomas looks at how the
pursuit of taste encouraged, as it still does, competition and conformity.