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The Consuming Temple: Jews, Department Stores, and the Consumer Revolution in Germany, 1880-1940

Paul Lerner


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, ... More

Keywords: Germany, department stores, Jewish entrepreneurs, Jewishness, consumer culture, Jewish department store, commerce, greed

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452864
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Lerner, author
Associate Professor of History, the University of Southern California

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