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World History by Topic: Commerce, Commodities & Material Culture

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In the boxes on this page, you will find links and citations to information resources on commerce, commodities & material culture in history.

For advice on finding books on your topic, see the 'How to Find Books' tab of the World History (generally) research guide.

Commerce, Commodities & Material Culture in History

Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. 
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005.
- Also available in print at Ref GT507 .E53 2005 v.1-3

Handbook of material culture
London; Thousand Oaks: SAGE, 2006.
- Main Library GN406 .H36 2006 

Material culture: critical concepts in the social sciences.
London; New York: Routledge, 2004.
- Main Library GN406 .M3492 2004 5v.

The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history
New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
- Ref HC15 .O94 2003 v.1-5

The Oxford handbook of material culture studies
Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
- Main Library GN406 .O946 2010 


Additional Reference Sources for World History by Topic (Commerce, Commodities & Material Culture):

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the United States History research guide, under the "Reference Sources" → "Encyclopedias & Dictionaries" tab.

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the World History (generally) research guide, under the "Reference Sources" → "Encyclopedias & Dictionaries" tab.

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the World History by Period research guide, under the "Prehistory & Ancient" tab, the "Medieval History" tab, etc.

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the World History by Region research guide, under the "Africa" tab, the "Asia" tab, etc. 

Primary sources provide immediate, firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning an event or topic.

Examples of primary sources include letters and diaries; photographs, audio and motion picture recordings; transcribed speeches; books, newspapers and magazines published during the period under consideration; government documents and other publications; oral histories, autobiographies and memoirs; and even artifacts, like clothing, furniture, and other items of material culture from the period.

Medicine and Madison Avenue
Digital collection that explores the relationship between modern medicine and modern advertising, or "Madison Avenue," through health-related advertisements printed in newspapers and magazines from the 1910s through the 1950s. From Duke University.

The Oxford handbook of history and material culture
New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
- Main Library GN406 .O94 2020


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