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|List of illustrations||p. vii|
|List of contributors||p. ix|
|Introduction: practical matters||p. 1|
|Things that shape history: material culture and historical narratives||p. 24|
|Ornament as evidence||p. 47|
|Back yards and beyond: landscapes and history||p. 67|
|Draping the body and dressing the home: the material culture of textiles and clothes in ... MORE||p. 85|
|Using buildings to understand social history: Britain and Ireland in the seventeenth century||p. 103|
|Object biographies: from production to consumption||p. 123|
|Regional identity and material culture||p. 139|
|Objects and agency: material culture and modernity in China||p. 158|
|Mundane materiality, or, should small things still be forgotten? Material culture, micro-histories and the problem of scale||p. 173|
|The case of the missing footstool: reading the absent object||p. 192|
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