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Week 4: Material Culture

Primary Sources

Global Commodities

Grand Tour

Victoria and Albert Museum

Wellcome Collection

Fitzwilliam Museum

British Museum

Science Museum

Pitt Rivers Museum

Ashmolean Museum

National Maritime Museum

Royal Commonwealth Society Collections

Curious Objects

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia


Further Reading

Appadurai, Arjun, The Social Life of Things (Cambridge, 1988)

Armstrong, Catherine, Using Non-Textual Sources: A Historian’s Guide (Bloomsbury, 2015)

Auslander, Leora, “Beyond Words”, American Historical Review 110 (2005)

Brett, Michael, Approaching African History (Rochester, Boydell & Brewer, 2013), see “The Archaeological Dimension”

Clark, Stuart, Vanities of the Eye. Vision in Early Modern European Culture (Oxford, 2007)

Craciun, Adriana, and Simon Schaffer, eds, The Material Cultures of Enlightenment Arts and Sciences (Palgrave, 2016)

Findlen, Paula, ed., Early Modern Things: Objects and Their Histories, 1500–1800 (New York, 2013)

Hannan, Leonie and Sarah Longair, eds, History Through Material Culture (Manchester University Press, 2017)

Hansen, Valerie, The Silk Road: A New History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Hicks, Dan and Mary C. Beaudry, eds, The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Hood, Adrienne, “Material Culture”, in Barber, Sarah, and Corinna Peniston-Bird, History Beyond the Text: A Student’s Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources (Routledge, 2009)

Jordanova, Ludmilla, The Look of the Past: Visual and Material Evidence in Historical Practice (Cambridge, 2012)

Riello, Giorgio and Anne Gerritsen, eds, The Global Lives of Things: The Material Culture of Connections in the First Global Age (London: Routledge, 2015)

Riello, Giorgio and Anne Gerritsen, eds, Writing Material Culture History (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)

Sangha, Laura and Jonathan Willis, Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources (London: Routledge, 2016), chapter 7 ‘Visual and material sources’.

Smith, Pamela, “Historians in the Laboratory: Reconstruction of Renaissance Art and Technology in the Making and Knowing Project”, Art History 39 (2016)

Thomas, Nicholas, ed., Entangled Objects: Exchange, Material Culture, and Colonialism in the Pacific (Harvard, 1994)

Tilley, Christopher, Susanne Kuechler-Fogden, Mike Rowlands, and Patricia Spyer, eds, Handbook of Material Culture (Sage, 2017)