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Rosalind Mitchison, 1 June 1989

Wet Nursing: A History from Antiquity to the Present 
by Valerie Fildes.
Blackwell, 300 pp., £19.50, September 1988, 0 631 15831 6
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Women and Marriage in 19th-Century England 
by Joan Perkin.
Routledge, 342 pp., £30, December 1988, 0 415 00771 2
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Consumer Behaviour and Material Culture in Britain 1660-1760 
by Lorna Weatherill.
Routledge, 252 pp., £30, July 1988, 0 415 00723 2
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Childhood in 19th-Century France: Work, Health and Education among the ‘Classes Populaires’ 
by Colin Heywood.
Cambridge, 350 pp., £30, September 1988, 0 521 35038 7
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... demanded by the rich: silver, porcelain, fabrics and wallpaper have all produced learned studies. Lorna Weatherill’s book goes lower down the social scale. It is based on computer analysis of inventories, and though it does not penetrate into the level of unskilled labour, it covers the rest of the social spectrum. The purchasing of household objects ...

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