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    The Embarrassment of Riches
    An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age

    by Simon Schama

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    • Publisher: Vintage
    • Format: paperback, 720 pages
    • Author: Simon Schama
    • ISBN: 9780679781240 (0679781242)
    • Genres: history, art, cultural, economics, holland
    • Language: english
    • Release date: December 8, 1997

    About The Book

    At the apogee of its powers in the seventeenth century, Holland was a tiny island of prosperity in a sea of want. Its homes were well-furnished and fanatically clean; its citizens feasted on 100-course banquets and speculated fortunes on new varieties of tulip. Yet, in the midst of plenty, the Dutch were ill at ease. In this brilliantly innovative book — which launched his reputation as one of our most perspicacious and stylish historians — Simon Schama explores the mysterious contradictions of a nation that invented itself from the ground up, attained an unprecedented level of affluence, and lived in dread of being corrupted by its happiness.

    Drawing on a vast array of period documents and sumptuously reproduced art, Schama re-creates, in precise and loving detail, a nation’s mental furniture. 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. The Embarrassment of Riches is a book that set a standard for its discipline; it throbs with life on every page.

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