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 ...Show synopsisThis 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. In this brilliant work that moves far beyond the conventions of social or cultural history, Simon Schama investigates the astonishing case of a people's self-invention. He shows how, in the 17th-century, a modest assortment of farming, fishing and shipping communities, without a shared language, religion or government, transformed themselves into a formidable world empire -- the Dutch republic.Hide synopsis
Description:Good. 0394510755 Ex-Library REFERENCE book, with expected...Good. 0394510755 Ex-Library REFERENCE book, with expected library markings. Donated by Joslyn Art Museum. Includes DJ. VG for ex-library. Edges of DJ have yellowed. Book was donated to Friends of the Omaha Public Library.
Description:Very Good. 0394510755 The book has been read, but is in great...Very Good. 0394510755 The book has been read, but is in great condition. Pages are clean and intact and there are no notes or highlighting within the text. Minor wear on the dust jacket, cover and pages. Overall clean, tight and unmarked copy. No remainder marks, price clips or other imperfections.
Description:Very Good in Very Good jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall;...Very Good in Very Good jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; Type: Hard Back Second Printing. Hardcover Book in Near Fine Condition with a Very Good Dust Jacket. 698 pages, with Notes, Bibliography, Index. 7"x9.75". Over 300 illustrations. Ivory half cloth with gilt titles, brown boards; very clean, square, solid volume, gently bumped on lower front corner. Slight wobble to spine but intact and solid. Internals are as new. Jacket with edgewear to lower edge, light chipping of spine head and heel. Mylar jacket cover. Schama explores how, in the 17th century, a modest assortment of farming, fishing and shipping communities, without a shared religion, language, or government, transformed themselves into a formidable world empire-the Dutch Republic. Priority and international shipping require extra postage.
Description:VG. Appendices. Notes. Bibliography. List of illustrations....VG. Appendices. Notes. Bibliography. List of illustrations. Index. Schama"s history of 17th-century Dutch culture considers Dutch society in all its facets, including painting, food, and the Dutch Reformed Church. White cloth with color illustrated dustjacket. 698 pp., profusely illustrated with 314 bw plates.
This is the story of the Dutch at the height of their cultural and commercial achievement, And while it is not light reading, in fact, the tome itself is hefty, it is a wonderful read, As Americans tend to emphasize the British influence on this country, and underestimate the Dutch, the book also is a revelation,
I was interested in this book after seeing it on a number of bestseller lists a few years ago. I am a fan of Alison Weir's historical novels of the Elizabethan period, and always wondered about the Dutch culture of the 1400s-1800s particularly for the artistic endeavors of the period and the economic bubbles of the time such as the "tulip craze".
Unfortunately, this book does not read like an Alison Weir historical bestseller. It reads like a textbook, loaded with double entendres and academic analogies. The Author Schama is a renown academic in dutch culture, so he knows his stuff, but for those looking for a nightime page-turner this is probably a non-starter.
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