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The Cambridge History of Western Textiles

The Cambridge History of Western Textiles
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John Peter Wild, Penelope Walton Rogers, Joan Allgrove McDowell, Lise Bender Jørgensen, Ian Jenkins, Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, John Munro, Anna Muthesius, Frances Pritchard, Herman Van der Wee, Leslie Clarkson, Beverly Lemire, Serge Chassagne, Natalie Rothstein, Joan Thirsk, Santina Levey, Edith Standen, Jennifer Wearden, Aileen Ribeiro, Douglas Farnie, David Jenkins, Peter Solar, Stanley Chapman, Elisabet Stavenow-Hidemark, Penelope Byrde, Donald Coleman, Jeffrey Harrop, Lars Sandberg, Lou Taylor, Fiona Anderson, Mary Schoeser
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  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521341073
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  • Textiles have been essential to the everyday lives of all societies. Besides helping provide protection and warmth, they have fulfilled social, cultural, military, legal and symbolic functions, and have been an essential part of the economic activity of societies from ancient times. The Cambridge History of Western Textiles brings together and extends current knowledge on the production and uses of textiles, through the eyes of archaeologists, economic and social historians, historians of fashion and the history of dress, and museum curators familiar with surviving artefacts. The history of all the major textile industries, including wool, linen, silk, cotton and artificial fibres is explored. Processes and technical terms are explained carefully, while the role and impact of textiles in western economies and societies are examined. In sum, the book offers an authoritative account of three thousand years of the production and consumption of textiles in the western world.

    • Brings together a huge variety of expertise among leading experts on textiles from eight different countries and covering a three thousand-year span
    • Authoritative, scholarly coverage is intended to be approachable by readers with little background knowledge
    • Extensively illustrated in colour and black and white, showing many unusual and little-known images
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    '… the book is unique in the scope of its coverage coupled with the diversity of its authorship. It is finely produced with some beautiful illustrations, clear diagrams and comprehensible tables, as well as 41 full-page colour plates … It will be a most useful source of reference and stimulation to many.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    '… eminently readable … Just to lay one's hands on this jewel of a book is a wondrous thing.' Journal for Weavers

    '… the wait has certainly been worthwhile … the two volumes here represent a remarkable achievement by an international group of textile historians working in museums and universities … The work is well-organised and scores highly on accessibility … an outstanding feature is the large number of superb illustrations, many in colour, which enrich the text and will undoubtedly add to the appear of these volumes … this superbly produced two-volume set is good value for money. It combines fine scholarship which will long remain an essential guide to the subject.' Business History

    'This is certainly an important reference work which should be on all good library shelves and consulted by all those with historical queries concerning textiles.' Textile History

    ' … a delight …'. Irish Economic & Social History

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    14th Feb 2021 by ZYO

    It combines well-coordinated collection of comphrensive essays about textiles in Europe from prehistory to the present. One of the best reference books to find out the vitality and significance of the history of textiles.

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    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521341073
    • length: 1400 pages
    • dimensions: 265 x 187 x 88 mm
    • weight: 3.73kg
    • contains: 280 b/w illus. 40 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Textile Industries of the Ancient World:
    1. Introduction John Peter Wild and Penelope Walton Rogers
    2. Ancient Egypt
    Anatolia
    Mesopotamia and the Levant
    the late Bronze Aegeans
    the near east in the Iron Age
    Europe Joan Allgrove McDowell, John Peter Wild and Lise Bender Jørgensen
    3. The Greeks
    the Romans
    northern Europe in the Roman Iron Age
    the eastern Mediterranean Ian Jenkins, John Peter Wild and Lise Bender Jørgensen
    4. Textile industries of the early medieval world to AD 1000 Lise Bender Jørgensen, Penelope Walton Rogers, John Peter Wild, Joan Allgrove McDowell and Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood
    Part II. The Medieval Period:
    5 (i) Medieval woollens
    textiles, textile technology and industrial organisation, c. 800–1500, 5 (ii) The western European woollen industries and their struggles for international markets, c. 1000–1500 John Munro
    6. Silk in the medieval world Anna Muthesius
    7. The uses of textiles, c. 1000–1500 Frances Pritchard
    Part III. The Early Modern Period:
    8. The west European woollen industries, 1500–1750 Herman Van der Wee
    9. The linen industry in early modern Europe Leslie Clarkson
    10. Fashioning cottons
    Asian trade, domestic industry and consumer demand, 1660–1780 Beverly Lemire
    11. Calico printing in Europe before 1780 Serge Chassagne
    12. Silk in the early modern period, c. 1500–1780 Natalie Rothstein
    13. Knitting and knitware Joan Thirsk
    14. Lace in the early modern period, c. 1500–1780 Santina Levey
    15. Early modern tapestries and carpets, c. 1500–1780 Edith Standen and Jennifer Wearden
    16. Furnishings, c. 1500–1780 Natalie Rothstein and Santina Levey
    17. Dress in the early modern period, c. 1500-1780 Aileen Ribeiro
    Part IV. The Nineteenth Century:
    18. Cotton, 1780–1914 Douglas Farnie
    19. The western wool textile industry in the nineteenth century David Jenkins
    20. Silk: the Industrial Revolution and after Natalie Rothstein
    21. The linen industry in the nineteenth century Peter Solar
    22. The hosiery industry, 1780–1914 Stanley Chapman
    23. Machine-made lace: the Industrial Revolution and after Santina Levey
    24. Textile design and furnishings, c. 1780–1914 Elisabet Stavenow-Hidemark
    25. Dress: the Industrial Revolution and after Penelope Byrde
    Part V. The Twentieth Century:
    26. Man-made fibres before 1945 Donald Coleman
    27. Man-made fibres since 1945 Jeffrey Harrop
    28 Cotton since 1914 Lars Sandberg
    29. Wool textiles in the twentieth century David Jenkins
    30 Hosiery and knitwear in the twentieth century Stanley Chapman
    31. Fashion for men and women in the twentieth century Lou Taylor and Fiona Anderson
    32. Furnishings and industrial textiles, 1914–1999 Mary Schoeser
    Bibliography.

  • Editor

    David Jenkins, University of York
    David Jenkins is Senior Lecturer in Economic History in the Department of Economics and Related Studies in the University of York, and Governor and Company Secretary of the Pasold Research Fund (that promotes research and publication in the history of textiles). He has lectured in Europe, the USA and Japan and published widely on the history of textiles in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has a special interest in the wool textile industry, where his major contribution is (with K. G. Ponting) The British Wool Textile Industry, 1880–1914.

    Contributors

    John Peter Wild, Penelope Walton Rogers, Joan Allgrove McDowell, Lise Bender Jørgensen, Ian Jenkins, Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, John Munro, Anna Muthesius, Frances Pritchard, Herman Van der Wee, Leslie Clarkson, Beverly Lemire, Serge Chassagne, Natalie Rothstein, Joan Thirsk, Santina Levey, Edith Standen, Jennifer Wearden, Aileen Ribeiro, Douglas Farnie, David Jenkins, Peter Solar, Stanley Chapman, Elisabet Stavenow-Hidemark, Penelope Byrde, Donald Coleman, Jeffrey Harrop, Lars Sandberg, Lou Taylor, Fiona Anderson, Mary Schoeser

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