“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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Languages Nederlands Edit links. Nov 28, Frank rated it liked it Shelves: But in this Golden Age society, the children, even if educated according to the Humanist ideal, also played moral games, and thus assuaging Calvinist concerns. Return to Book Page.

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See all 49 reviews. One way was to create rituals around the indulgence, to regulate the most ostentatious displays of food and drink, cage them in to eembarrassment of rules and regulations, to parade material opulence in civic displays of pomp.

The contemporary art alone tells us volumes of things that were never said out loud but onl Emnarrassment a huge fan of Simon Schama and read this book over and over again.

Simon Schama – – no matter what his subject – – is worth every second spent with him. Please try again later. I was particularly grabbed by Schama’s enthusiasm for Jan Steen. And considering there is so much here, it’s no wonder Schama’s book is still in publication. Please try again later.


Tea that helps our head and heart Tea medicates most every part Tea rejuvinates the schaam old Tea warms the piss of those who’re Cold, circa Schama knows every painting, every writing, every person, every Dutch event of the 17th century and then some.

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At the apogee of its powers in the seventeenth century, Holland was a tiny island of prosperity in a sea of want. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

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This page was last edited on 2 Julyat It was initially well received and did so well, it was translated into Dutch Dutch title: Luckily I did not get scared of these surging schhama as I tried not to drown in this flooding reading. He draws on a wide range of contemporary images, from cheap woodcuts to the expensive sculptures decorating the town hall of Amsterdam now the royal palacefrom Pieter de Hooch, the painter of interiors, to Romeyn de Hooghe, the printmaker.


A confessed diches, Schama has drawn some of his inspiration from social ridhes from Emile Durkheim to Mary Douglassome from Freud, and some from the history of mentalities — the Dutch word is mentaliteitsgeschiedenis — as currently practised in France, the Netherlands and elsewhere.

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Schama does so with his uncanny talent to portray times as if you live in them, to bring them back to life, with the help of detail, art, and his hard to match talent for story-telling.

Simon Schwma is an historian, educator, and writer. This book is frequently referenced or referred to when discussing the Dutch Golden Age.

Schama navigates the aspects of Dutch culture with ease as chapters seamlessly flow into each other. Schama covers in amazing detail the culture and history of the Netherlands during the peak of its Golden Age in the seventeenth century.