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The department store : a social history

Author: William Lancaster
Publisher: London ; New York : Leicester University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The book traces the origins of the department store in the cities of northern Britain, the impact of Parisian grand magasins upon British stores after 1870 and the development of the large London stores. The importance of Gordon Selfridge upon British retailing is highlighted, drawing attention to his background as manager of Chicago's Marshall Field's. The ambiguous role of women in the large stores is examined in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lancaster, William, 1938-
Department store.
London ; New York : Leicester University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)647562481
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Lancaster
ISBN: 0718513746 9780718513740 071851985X 9780718519858
OCLC Number: 32508175
Description: vii, 212 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The North British proto-department store: origins and developments --
Luxury democratised --
Buildings, fixtures and fittings --
The drummer from the Land of Oz --
The department store 1920-39: mergers, realignment and growth --
The midway comes to High Street --
Pedlars, nonconformists and scientific managers: department store entrepreneurs --
Behind the counter: workers and the department store --
Theories on consumer society: themes, trends and problems --
Women and department stores: some economic, sexual and political ambiguities --
The department store and society: themes and trends.
Responsibility: Bill Lancaster.

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A comparative social history of the European and American department store, covering its importance in the history of retailing, its relationship with - and role in forming - the consumer, and its  Read more...
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