New in None as Issued jacket. Text/BRAND NEW w/trace wear to soft cover. Historian Simon Schama (1945-) considers the 'moral geography' of the Dutch mind during its Golden Age of the 17th century, or, a study of 'the anxieties of superabundance'. Query is: "Just who, exactly, did the Dutch think they were? " For this stimulating study of intellectual history, author acknowledges debt to French sociologist Maurice Halbwach's (1877-1945) concept of collective memory. 8 chapters in 4 parts: Chapter 1, Moral Geography; 2, Patiotic Scripture; 3, Feating, Fasting & Timely Atonement; 4, The Impertinence of Survival; 5, The Embarassment of Riches; 6, Housewives & Hussies: Homeliness & Worldiness; 7, In the Republic of Children; and, 8, Inside, Outside.
Publishers Weekly, 1987-04-10 Despite Calvinist sermons on thrift, the Dutch upper and middle classes flaunted their wealth in the consumer paradise that was 17th century Hollandbut they lived uneasily with material riches. How the Dutch reconciled piety with their commitment to profits is just one of the conundrums explored in this cultural history by a Harvard professor. Netherlandic seafarers built a world empire in just two generations; the Dutch nation's precocious rise to power as presented here helps to explain their defensive patriotism, the mania of housewives for cleanliness and the ideal of the family as a miniature commonwealth. The Dutch urge to classify was evident in everything from their tulip classification system to paintings of children's games. Delving into customs, beliefs, popular art and quirks of behavior, Schama has fashioned a tour de force, a profound, unconventional and rewarding portrait of a people. Photos not seen by PW. Reader's Subscription Book Club alternate. (May 31)
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