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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Once across its threshold the most hard - boiled , street - wise trader could expect
to discover the moral equivalent of slippers : the comfort of untainted virtue . That
threshold , moreover , need not be literal . Very many , if not most , businesses ...
Gerard ter Borch painted two : one as much an image of domestic virtue as a lace
worker or a distaff spinner , the second in the much more unusual setting of an
impoverished knife grinder's yard . This is all the more extraordinary for being ...
No slut at home no doll outdoors A wife that puts her best step forth In virtue fair . .
.. A wife that honors neighbors close But seldom out of doors doth go A wife , a
still and peaceful wife A foe to all that's woe and strife A wife that never breaks the
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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
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - jmoncton - LibraryThing
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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