British academy

Craft and World Commerce

Participant's Biography

Professor Maxine Berg, FBA

Maxine Berg is Professor of History at the University of Warwick, and runs the Warwick Eighteenth-Century Centre. Together with Liliane Hilaire-Perez she co-ordinates the Warwick-CNAM Research Interchange on 'Cultures of Commerce and Invention 1550-1850'. This Research Interchange is funded for 2002-5. She has recently completed her latest book Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Oxford University Press, August 2005), which examines new consumer goods in the eighteenth century. Maxine has recently published an article in Past and Present entitled 'In Pursuit of Luxury: Global Origins of British Consumer Goods in the Eighteenth Century', Past and Present, No. 182 (2004). Maxine currently holds a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship to study the technologies of luxury and consumer goods production in early modern India and China, and the attempts to transfer or to substitute for these technologies in Europe. Recent publications include Maxine Berg and Elizabeth Eger (eds), Luxury in the Eighteenth Century: Debates, Desires and Delectable Goods (Palgrave, 2002); 'From Imitation to Invention: Creating Commodities in Eighteenth-Century Britain', Economics History Review, LV, 2002, pp.1-30; Maxine Berg and Kristine Bruland (eds), Technological Revolutions in Europe. Historical Perspectives, (Cheltenham, 1998).