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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. Schama explores the mysterious contradictions of the Dutch nation that invented itself from the ground up, attained an unprecedented level of. Dive deep into Simon Schama’s The Embarrassment of Riches with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion.

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I think Schama need not have troubled himself so much. This is a really fun book that explores the Golden Age of the Netherlands predominantly the 17th century and its culture – as someone else here put it neatly, it’s a book about how the Dutch became Dutch. How could I survive this read?

Add on to that their early emancipation from the yoke of a foreign power and the ingredients in the crucible of patriotism are amalgamated into a strong sense of nationhood.

Simply amazing and what books are intendend to do,enrich your ricches. This text is complex.

Want to Read saving…. One way was to create rituals around the indulgence, to regulate the most ostentatious displays of food and drink, cage them in to sets of rules and regulations, to parade material opulence in civic displays of pomp.

And as the times and place he has chosen was a new country, a nation looking for its own roots and identification, he has followed the schamw of the developing embryo: Like other nations deprived of a hinterland the Phonecians come to mindthe Dutch turned to the sea, giving rise to precociously cosmopolitan attitudes.

Mar 09, Denise marked it as to-read Shelves: In more expansive times it could relax and swell, allowing for internal differentiation and the absorption of a whole gamut of beliefs, faiths and even tongues. A small chain of criticisms did pop up about some of the book’s embarrassmejt, especially those having to do with the politics of the Thirty Years’ Waror the economics of the period, but many especially in the Netherlands were embarrsasment by his book, including professors of history who wondered like Schama why the Dutch seem so embarrassed about their wealthy past.


His conclusion is that through the continuous battle against the waters of the North Seathe Dutch spirit can be schmaa up in the motto of Zeelandscene of many floods from dike breachesLuctor et Emergoor I struggle and emerge.

The Embarrassment of Riches

He tells us how the Dutch celebrated themselves and how they were slandered by their enemies. The history of the Netherlands has long been colored by local histories financed by various institutions and leading families through the ages.

In his attempt to make a systematic overview of the Dutch Golden Age culture, Schama cites an eclectic list of period source materials from all over the world, including emblem booksperiod histories and novels, cookbooks, scientific discoveries, bankruptcy files, religious works, and period art including prints, paintings, sculpture, architecture and stained glass windows.

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Simon Schama who has high regard for all his books. Spock, the Dutch were very aware of the beauty and innocence of childhood and nurtured it in their families. His strength is in his engaging style, and this magnificent volume plays to that strength indeed. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. But within this book there are interesting insights into what it meant to be Dutch, and some general provoking of thoughts about the culture of any nation. Books by Simon Schama. Zo verschillend toen en nu, maar ergens diep toch nog altijd hetzelfde, die Lage Landen.


Schama navigates the aspects of Dutch culture with ease as chapters seamlessly flow into each other. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Seldom is a comment in parentheses so ghastly This is known as being proud of one’s own ignorance. It was common, for example, for widows to retain the right to recover her full marriage portion plus personal possessions acquired in the marriage, women could make commercial contracts and notarize documents, and the Dutch legal system was not entirely unsympathetic to women pursuing claims against their male abusers.

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Drawing on a vast array of period documents and sumptuously reproduced art, Schama re-creates in precise detail a nation’s mental state. They smoked and drank heavily. In many ways, Schama’s book today is seen as the first of a series of new historical scham on the Dutch Golden Age. Schama’s style is definitely scholarly but also personal.

Simon Schama, for all his irritating wavy head and waggly shoulders when broadcasting, is a writer of grace and verve, one who can engage his audience without ever sounding superior or condescending.