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Sugar and Spice: Grocers and Groceries in Provincial England, 1650-1830

Jon Stobart


Consumers in eighteenth-century England were firmly embedded in an expanding world of goods, one that incorporated a range of novel foods (tobacco, chocolate, coffee and tea) and new supplies of more established commodities, including sugar, spices and dried fruits. Much has been written about the attraction of these goods, which went from being novelties or expensive luxuries in the mid seventeenth century to central elements of the British diet a century or so later. They have been linked to the rise of Britain as a commercial and imperial power, whilst their consumption is seen as transform ... More

Keywords: consumption, retailing, shopping, groceries, eighteenth century, luxury, utility, novelty, advertising, consumer motivation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577927
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577927.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Stobart, author
Professor of History, University of Northampton