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This special edition of the seminar builds on the recent and growing interest in the relationship between the historic/country house and global systems of supply. It focuses on the long eighteenth century as a crucial period in the global exchange of goods and cultures, but looks beyond the imperial/colonial context that dominates the Anglophone literature. This is done by considering the definition, ownership and meaning of global goods in three European countries that were marginal to or largely outside processes of colonialism/imperialism during this period: Sweden, Württemberg, and the Kingdom of Naples.

Hosted by Jon Stobart, Professor of History at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Jon has research interests that span a wide range of themes within the histories of retailing and consumption, especially in the long eighteenth century: from the second-hand trade, through groceries to polite shopping practices. His recent research has focused on the supply and material culture of the country house. 

Gudrun Andersson and Göran Ulvang (Uppsala University), Global silk or homemade linen: consumption and production in the count Spens family in 18th century Sweden

Daniel Menning, Anne Sophie Overkamp and Julietta Schulze (University of Tübingen), Global goods for Imperial Knights: The assembling and assemblage of (global) goods at country houses in southwest Germany, 1700-1850 

Gaia Bruno (Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice), Power, friendship and delightfulness. Global goods in the residencies of an aristocratic family in the kingdom of Naples


All welcome, this seminar is free to attend but booking is required.

 Please note that bookings will close 24 hours in advance, so that seminar convenors can distribute the meeting link directly to all registered attendees.