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Historians use the term consumption in three ways: (1) without historical or geographical limitation, in the sense of the use of goods and services of every kind for personal purposes; (2) teleologically, focused on the major lines of development of consumption since the late 19th century; here consumption usually means (a) use that goes beyond su…

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Prinz, Michael, “Consumption”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022552>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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