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Early Modern Material Culture

This week, we discuss the ways in which early modern historians might make use of material culture.


Seminar questions

  • Why are objects especially (un)suitable for the study of early modern history?
  • What are the strength and weaknesses of a material culture-led approach to the past?
  • Is material culture valuable if we wish to challenge the dominance of the nation state in the writing of history?


Core readings


Weblinks to major repositories of early modern material culture


Further readings

Doll's House 1676

Detail from the dolls’ house of Petronella Dunois by an anonymous artist (c. 1676). Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum.