Inventing Boston: Design, Production, and Consumption, 1680-1720

Author:   Edward Cooke
Publisher:   Yale University Press
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9780300232110


Pages:   232
Publication Date:   03 May 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Inventing Boston: Design, Production, and Consumption, 1680-1720


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During the late 17th and early 18th centuries, Boston was both a colonial capital and the third most important port in the British empire, trailing only London and Bristol. Boston was also an independent entity that pursued its own interests and articulated its own identity while selectively appropriating British culture and fashion. This revelatory book examines period dwellings, gravestones, furniture, textiles, ceramics, and silver, revealing through material culture how the inhabitants of Boston were colonial, provincial, metropolitan, and global, all at the same time. Edward S. Cooke, Jr.'s detailed account of materials and furnishing practices demonstrates that Bostonians actively filtered ideas and goods from a variety of sources, combined them with local materials and preferences, and constructed a distinct sense of local identity, a process of hybridization that, the author argues, exhibited a conscious desire to shape a culture as a means to resist a distant, dominant power.

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Author:   Edward Cooke
Publisher:   Yale University Press
Imprint:   Yale University Press
ISBN:  

9780300232110


ISBN 10:   030023211
Pages:   232
Publication Date:   03 May 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Edward S. Cooke, Jr. is the Charles F. Montgomery Professor of the History of Art at Yale University.

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