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Unworldly goods: the roots of consumerism and the Renaissance

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West Court, Jesus College

Jesus Lane

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CB5 8BL

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The inaugural Lisa Jardine Lecture will be given by Prof Peter Frankopan.

This talk reflects on Lisa Jardine's wonderful book Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance (1996), that has done so much to shape views of the early modern world. It will explore the global context for rising levels of spending in Europe and assess the impact this had - above all in Asia. It will consider the link between consumerism, the Renaissance and the age of discovery, and above all how Lisa's extraordinary vision of an inter-connected world provides a series of new avenues to explore in the future.

Lisa Jardine (1944-2015) made a huge contribution across a very wide area as a Professor of Renaissance Studies, an author, broadcaster, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Agency and much more. She was the first female Fellow of Jesus College.

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is also Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. He works on the history of trade, religion, ideas and culture with a particular focus on the Silk Roads of then past, present and future. His most recent book, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World has been described as 'magnificent' (Sunday Times) 'historical epic of dazzling range, ambition and achievement' (Guardian) and 'not just the most important history book in years, but the most important in decades' (Berliner Zeitung). It topped the non-fiction charts in the UK, Ireland, India and China.



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