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The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age
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Simon Schama, CBE
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The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age

Simon Schama, CBE


9780006861362

Harper Perennial


History;
European history;
Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700


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720 pages

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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.

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.

By:   Simon Schama CBE
Imprint:   Harper Perennial
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 168mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   1.560kg
ISBN:   9780006861362
ISBN 10:   0006861369
Pages:   720
Publication Date:   May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. He is the author of 'Patriots and Liberators', which won the Wolfson Prize for History, 'The Embarrassment of Riches', 'Citizens' which won the 1990 NCR book award for non-fiction, 'Dead Certainties', 'Landscape and Memory' which won the W H Smith Literary Award in 1995, and 'Rembrandt's Eyes' (1999). He is also the author of the monumental 'History of Britain' published in three volumes. He was art critic of the 'New Yorker' from 1995 to 1998 and was made CBE in the 2001 New Year's Honours list.


This extraordinary book, first published in 1987, has already become accepted as a classic of historical writing. It examines the progress of a loosely connected group of farming, fishing and shipping communities, living in a flat and watery landscape, without a common language or religion or even a shared government, into that dynamic power, the Dutch Republic. By the examination of all manner of materials from cookery books and scrubbing brushes to Jan Steen's Tavern Scene and Nicholas Maes's Maid Peeling Parsnips, Schama succeeds in reconstructing the collective personality of the Dutch in the 17th century. (Kirkus UK)

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