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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
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.


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 Read more...

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