This book explores the politicization of consumer goods in eighteenth-century Ireland. Moving beyond tangible items purchased by consumers, it examines the political manifestations of the consumption of elite leisure activities, entertainment and display, and in doing so makes a vital contribution to work on the cultural life of the Protestant Ascendancy. As with many other areas of Irish culture and society, consumption cannot be separated from the problems of Anglo-Irish relations, and therefore an appreciation of these politcal overtones is vitally important.
MARTYN J. POWELL is Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK. He has published widely on eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland. His first book Britain and Ireland in the Eighteenth-Century Crisis of Empire was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2003.