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Routledge
29 November 2018
Social & cultural history; Management & management techniques; Retail sector
Retail history is a rich, cross-disciplinary field that demonstrates the centrality of retailing to many aspects of human experience, from the provisioning of everyday goods to the shaping of urban environments; from earning a living to the construction of identity. Over the last few decades, interest in the history of retail has increased greatly, spanning centuries, extending to all areas of the globe, and drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives.

By offering an up-to-date, comprehensive thematic, spatial and chronological coverage of the history of retailing, this Companion goes beyond traditional narratives that are too simplistic and Euro-centric and offers a vibrant survey of this field.

It is divided into four broad sections: 1) Contexts, 2) Spaces and places, 3) People, processes and practices and 4) Geographical variations. Chapters are written in an analytical and synthetic manner, accessible to the general reader as well as challenging for specialists, and with an international perspective.

This volume is an important resource to a wide range of readers, including marketing and management specialists, historians, geographers, economists, sociologists and urban planners.
Edited by:   Jon Stobart (Manchester Metropolitan University UK.), Vicki Howard (Department of History, University of Essex)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   1.111kg
ISBN:   9781138675087
ISBN 10:   1138675083
Series:   Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting
Pages:   516
Publication Date:   29 November 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jon Stobart is Professor of History at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research ranges across a wide variety of topics relating to retailing and consumption in England during the long eighteenth century. Vicki Howard is a Lecturer at the University of Essex and author of From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store, which won the Hagley Prize in Business History. They are co-editors of the Taylor & Francis journal, History of Retailing and Consumption.

Reviews for The Routledge Companion to the History of Retailing

'This compendium provides an unrivalled insight into the development of retailing through the ages. I particularly enjoyed reading the impact of entrepreneurship, innovation and regulation on retailing in countries as diverse as New Zealand and the Netherlands. A must-read for executives, academics and decision-makers who want to understand and improve the wheels of fortune in retailing.' Anne Staal, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands


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