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Author Lerner, Paul, author

Title The consuming temple : Jews, department stores, and the consumer revolution in Germany, 1880-1940 / Paul Lerner
Published Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 2015
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Contents Jerusalem's terrain: the department store and its discontents in imperial Germany -- Dream worlds in motion: circulation, cosmopolitanism, and the Jewish question -- Uncanny encounters: the Thief, the Shop Girl, and the Department Store King -- Beyond the consuming temple: Jewish dissimilation and consumer modernity in provincial Germany -- The consuming fire: fantasies of destruction in German politics and culture
Summary Department stores in Germany, like their predecessors in France, Britain, and the United States, generated great excitement when they appeared at the end of the nineteenth century. Their sumptuous displays, abundant products, architectural innovations, and prodigious scale inspired widespread fascination and even awe; at the same time, however, many Germans also greeted the rise of the department store with considerable unease. This book explores the complex German reaction to department stores and the widespread belief that they posed hidden dangers both to the individuals, especially women, who frequented them and to the nation as a whole
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject Consumer behavior -- Germany -- History.
Consumption (Economics) -- Germany -- History.
Department stores -- Germany -- History.
Jews -- Germany -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Jews -- Germany -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 150170012X (electronic bk.)
9781501700125 (electronic bk.)