The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age
Vintage Books, 1997 - 698 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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The alarming flail she held in her right hand has , quite recently , mysteriously disappeared , as perhaps out of keeping with Amsterdam's present ethos of relaxed liberalism . Farther down , immediately above the keystone of the arch ...
Were they to comport themselves among the nations with humility so as to present a less obvious target ? If the rest of the world chose to regard their existence as an impertinence , it was for others to adjust their sights to the ...
134 Joseph Addison , Present State of the War and the Necessity of an Augmentation ( London , 1707 ) ; se also Coombs , Conduct , 185 . 135 Coombs , Conduct , 307 . 136 Ibid . , 364-65 . 137 “ De Witt , ” Fables Moral and Political ...
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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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