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History and Its Objects: Antiquarianism and Material Culture since 1500

Peter N. Miller


Cultural history is increasingly informed by the history of material culture—the ways in which individuals or entire societies create and relate to objects both mundane and extraordinary—rather than on textual evidence alone. Books such as The Hare with Amber Eyes and A History of the World in 100 Objects indicate the growing popularity of this way of understanding the past. This book uncovers the forgotten origins of our fascination with exploring the past through its artifacts by highlighting the role of antiquarianism—a pursuit ignored and derided by modem academic history—in grasping the s ... More

Keywords: antiquarianism, material culture, cultural history, artifacts, Renaissance antiquarians, ancient world, amateur historians, historical evidence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453700
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter N. Miller, author
Bard Graduate Center