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The Embarrassment of Riches

An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age (Vintage)

By Schama,Schama Simon,Simon Singh

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| Paperback | 9780679781240

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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 do Continue

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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    Un bellissimo viaggio attraverso tutti gli aspetti, sia quotidiani che di più largo respiro, nell'Olanda del Seicento. E' scritto con grande raffinatezza, sia nello stile che nella costruzione dell'argomento. Schama è bravo soprattutto nel non dare u ...(continue)

    Un bellissimo viaggio attraverso tutti gli aspetti, sia quotidiani che di più largo respiro, nell'Olanda del Seicento. E' scritto con grande raffinatezza, sia nello stile che nella costruzione dell'argomento. Schama è bravo soprattutto nel non dare una visione in bianco e nero, ma nel cogliere sempre le sfumature, nell'evidenziare le contraddizioni, nel mostrare la ricchezza della complessità.

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Book Details

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 720 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0679781242
  • ISBN-13: 9780679781240
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish date: 1997-12-08
  • Dimensions: 258 mm x 1,096 mm x 1,483 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover
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