Luxury Goods and Global Economic History 1600-1900
Maxine Berg is Professor of History, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. She founded and directed the Luxury Project at the University of Warwick 1997-2001 and was founding Director of the Warwick Eighteenth-Century Centre. She went on to found the Global History and Culture Centre at Warwick in 2007, and is currently an ERC Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Project ‘Europe’s Asian Centuries: Trading Eurasia 1600-1830’. Her publications include Luxury in the Eighteenth Century. Debates, Desires and Delectable Goods (edited with Elizabeth Eger)(2003); Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2005); ‘In Pursuit of Luxury: Global History and British Consumer Goods in the Eighteenth Century’, Past and Present 182 (2004); ‘Luxury, the Luxury Trades and the Roots of Industrial Growth’, chap. 9, in Frank Trentmann, ed., The Oxford Handbook on the History of Consumption, (2012), and (ed.)Writing the History of the Global: Challenges for the 21st Century (2013).
The Emancipation of Avarice
Edward Skidelski is a moral and political philosopher, interested especially in the relationship between personal virtues and social institutions. He has written essays on the institutional theory of art, the intellectual roots of neoconservatism, and the ethics of capitalism. His most recent book, co-written with my father Robert, is called How Much is Enough? Money and the Good Life. It came out in the UK with Allen Lane in June 2012 and is being translated into thirteen languages worldwide. A following book, The Language of the Virtues, has been commissioned by Princeton University Press