The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 8 dec 1997 - 720 pagina's
Schama explores the mysterious contradictions of the Dutch nation that invented itself from the ground up, attained an unprecedented level of affluence, and lived in constant dread of being corrupted by happiness. Drawing on a vast array of period documents and sumptuously reproduced art, Schama re-creates in precise detail a nation's mental state. He tells of bloody uprisings and beached whales, of the cult of hygiene and the plague of tobacco, of thrifty housewives and profligate tulip-speculators. He tells us how the Dutch celebrated themselves and how they were slandered by their enemies.
"History on the grand scale...An ambitious portrait of one of the most remarkable episodes in modern history."--New York Times
"Wonderfully inclusive; with wit and intense curiosity he teases out meaning from every aspect of Dutch seventeenth-century life."--Robert Hughes
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A tailor on the Prinsengracht , one ter Hoeven , whose household was sold in the spring of 1717 , was , I think , reasonably typical of his social group . Although his address was in the heart of a well - to - do district of the city ...
And within that household , it was the wife that was held responsible for the contentment or disarray of the domestic regime . Just as the home itself was supposed to cleanse the external world of its impurities before being admitted ...
And the worst of it was that they were very well placed to do so , for they provided necessary labor and services without which the household routine would not function at all . By virtue of their residence in the home , maidservants ...
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - robeik - LibraryThing
This is a BIG book. Strap yourself in for a word and picture journey through the Netherlands of the 15th and 16th century. This is no history book; you are supposed to be somewhat familiar with it. An ... Volledige review lezen
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Schama covers in amazing detail the culture and history of the Netherlands during the peak of its Golden Age in the seventeenth century. He provides great insight on some of the origins of the traits ... Volledige review lezen
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