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World's Fairs: A Global History of Expositions

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This database contains primary sources on world's fairs, beginning with what many consider the first world's fair, the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations at the Crystal Palace in London, 1851, and following through to documents as recent as Milan's successful bid to host Expo 2015. While over 200 fairs are represented, 12 expositions are explored more extensively as 'case-study fairs'. The largest concentration of documents relates to fairs from the late Victorian-early Edwardian era of 1880-1920: the 'golden age' of expositions. Sources include official records, monographs, personal accounts and ephemera.

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