Luxury in the Eighteenth Century

Debates, Desires and Delectable Goods

  • Maxine Berg
  • Elizabeth Eger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Maxine Berg, Elizabeth Eger
      Pages 1-4
  3. Debates

  4. Delectable Goods

  5. Beauty, Taste and Sensibility

  6. The Female Vice? Women and Luxury

  7. Luxury and the Exotic

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 245-259

About this book


'Luxury in the 18th Century' explores the political, economic, moral and intellectual effects of the production and consumption of luxury goods, and provides a broadly-based account from a variety of perspectives, addressing key themes of economic debate, material culture, the principles of art and taste, luxury as 'female vice' and the exotic.


Bernard Mandeville Britain critique culture eighteenth century England Europe France Narrative revolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Maxine Berg
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Eger
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WarwickUK
  2. 2.Department of EnglishUniversity of LiverpoolUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-230-51779-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-50827-9
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