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Keith Thomas, To Buy or Not to Buy: The Origins of Good Taste

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  • Michael Robinson
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 28, 2009
      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.

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