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The embarrassment of riches : an interpretation of Dutch culture in the Golden Age

Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, New York : Distributed by Random House 1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This text explores the enigma of 17th-century Holland, a nation that attained an unprecedented level of affluence, yet lived in constant dread of being corrupted by prosperity.

Examines seventeenth-century Dutch life, history, and culture.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Schama
ISBN: 0394510755 9780394510750 000217801X 9780002178013 0006861369 9780006861362
OCLC Number: 14132010
Description: xiii, 698 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: the Batavian temperament --
Part one: becoming. Moral geography --
Patriotic scripture --
Part two: doing and not doing. Feasting, fasting and timely atonement --
The impertinence of survival --
The embarrassment of riches --
Part three: living and growing. Housewives and hussies: homeliness and worldliness --
In the republic of children --
Part four: watersheds. Inside, outside.
Other Titles: Interpretation of Dutch culture in the Golden Age
Responsibility: Simon Schama.

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This is the book that made Simon Schama's reputation when first published in 1987. A historical masterpiece, it is an epic account of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age of Rembrandt and van Diemen.  Read more...

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`Simon Schama writes with grace and wit, and his enthusiasms are contagious.' Anita Brookner`Schama is one of the few historians writing today who can recreate the mentalite of another culture.' Read more...

 
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