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Tulipmania : money, honor, and knowledge in the Dutch golden age

Author: Anne Goldgar
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the 1630s the Netherlands was gripped by tulipmania: a speculative fever unprecedented in scale and, as popular history would have it, folly. We all know the outline of the story--how otherwise sensible merchants, nobles, and artisans spent all they had (and much that they didn't) on tulip bulbs. We have heard how these bulbs changed hands hundreds of times in a single day, and how some bulbs, sold and resold for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Goldgar
ISBN: 9780226301259 0226301257
OCLC Number: 76897793
Awards: American Historical Association Leo Gershoy Award, 2008.
Description: xx, 425 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Something strange --
Art & flowers --
Bloemisten --
Grieving money --
Bad faith --
Epilogue: Cabbage fever.
Other Titles: Money, honor, and knowledge in the Dutch golden age
Responsibility: Anne Goldgar.
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In 1630s, the Netherlands was gripped by tulipmania: a speculative fever unprecedented in scale and, as history would have it, folly. The author lays waste to the legends, revealing that while the  Read more...

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"Goldgar tells us at the start of her excellent debunking book: 'Most of what we have heard of [tulipmania] is not true.'... She tells a new story." - Simon Kuper, Financial Times"

 
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