By Donica Belisle
The event of jogging down a shop aisle - replete with screens, salespeople, and countless selection - is so universal we frequently overlook retail has a brief background. Retail Nation strains Canada’s transformation right into a sleek shopper society again to an period - 1890 to 1940 - whilst shops comparable to Eaton’s governed the procuring scene and promised to bolster the state. department shops become brokers of contemporary nationalism, however the state they helped to outline - white, consumerist, middle-class - was once extra constrained, and contested, than nostalgic snap shots of the early division shop recommend.
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