The history of consumerism and Chinese philosophy

Frank Trentmann explores how our patterns of consumption have changed over the centuries, while Christine Gross-Loh discusses the legacy of ancient Chinese thinkers

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Professor Frank Trentmann talks to us about his book Empire of Things, which considers how our patterns of consumption have changed over the centuries. Meanwhile, journalist Christine Gross-Loh describes how ancient Chinese thinkers have had a profound impact on later periods of history.

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