Frank Trentmann introduced by Mihir S. Sharma

 

What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. Here acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann talks to Mihir S. Sharma about the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British Empire to the present, how we have come to live with so much more, how this changed the course of history and the global challenges we face as a result.