Objects can tell the history of the world. Objects are involved in politics, diplomacy, war, rebellion, and colonialism. They also reflect intimate and personal concerns like community, gender, and religious practices. We can’t go through a day without interacting with consumer objects, and yet we rarely consider how they affect our world. By drinking coffee, wearing a cotton t-shirt, and smoking a cigarette we are perpetuating the long history of these commodities. Our hope is that looking into the historical background of objects will help create a firmer understanding of their place in today’s society.
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