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Fabric of Civilization - by Virginia Postrel (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 368

Genre: History

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Basic Books

Author: Virginia Postrel

Language: English

Street Date: November 10, 2020
TCIN: 79767390
UPC: 9781541617605
Item Number (DPCI): 247-44-6244

Description

From Paleolithic flax to 3D knitting, a global history of textiles and the world they made
The story of humanity is the story of textiles -- as old as civilization itself. Since the first thread was spun, the need for textiles has driven technology, business, politics, and culture.
In The Fabric of Civilization, Virginia Postrel synthesizes groundbreaking research from archaeology, economics, and science to reveal a surprising history. From Minoans exporting wool colored with precious purple dye to Egypt, to Romans arrayed in costly Chinese silk, the cloth trade paved the crossroads of the ancient world. Textiles funded the Renaissance and the Mughal Empire; they gave us banks and bookkeeping, Michelangelo's David and the Taj Mahal. The cloth business spread the alphabet and arithmetic, propelled chemical research, and taught people to think in binary code.
Assiduously researched and deftly narrated, The Fabric of Civilization tells the story of the world's most influential commodity.
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