The study of British retail history

Progress and agenda 1

Authored by: Andrew Alexander

The Routledge Companion to Marketing History

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415714181
eBook ISBN: 9781315882857
Adobe ISBN: 9781134688685


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The importance and indeed attraction of the history of retailing is illustrated by the current interest shown by the mass media, with, for example, a number of TV series portraying aspects of retailing and shopping in bygone periods. Alongside period dramas like ITV’s Mr Selfridge, based on the life of Harry Gordon Selfridge and his London department store in the early twentieth century, factual histories such as the BBC’s series on the lives and work of Shopgirls, presented by historian Pamela Cox, with accompanying book (Cox and Hobley, 2014), provide the interested viewer with insights into the history of the retail sector and those who worked in it.

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