“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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But then I’ve now lived in Holland a decade longer and perhaps cultural matters are more ingrained Richfs read this once years ago and then bought a copy recently to help me with the book I was writing. After reading Schama, I have to disagree. A massive book but so rich I’m sure most readers will return to certain chapters just to revisit the interesting facts and discussions.

Schama includes one of the best discussions I have read of the roots and significance of the Tulip mania of the s.

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Some of it felt a bit self indulgent and that because he knows stuff he wants to tell you about it. It’s also quite amazing as a piece of literature — he writes beautifully, evocatively, and can “interpret” a work of art with the best Wow, what an achievement. Mar 09, Denise marked it as to-read Shelves: If forced to live in the past, it seems that this wouldn’t be the worst choice possible for a woman, at least as one of the ‘brede middenstand’.

An interpretation of Dutch culture in the Golden Age Cover of the first edition. Refresh and try again.

We are in dry, solid and safe land then. In this brilliantly innovative book–which launched his reputation as one of our most perspicacious and stylish historians–Simon Schama explores the mysterious contradictions of a nation that invented itself from the ground up, attained an unprecedented level of affluence, and lived in dread of being corrupted by its happiness.

Selected pages Title Page. Spock, the Dutch were very aware of the beauty and innocence of childhood and nurtured it in their families. In other words; what Schama is giving us is a time travel that allows one to understand how the particulars of a people, country, culture, came into being, and in that way you learn about yourself if applicableor your friend, your colleague, your ancestry, etc.


One of the most striking is the presence of the whale as an archetype of the dual nature of Dutch culture. The whale was both the purveyor of wealth for this was the beginning of the whaling industry and a warning of retributive penury for dealing with them entailed high risks.

He tells us how the Dutch celebrated themselves and how they were slandered by their enemies. The Embarrassment of Riches: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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How could I survive this read? 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. The most surprising embarrasdment of reading though, when you’re native, or somehow have a connection with the subject already i.

Schama, “it is in fact republicanism dressed up. But are we reading those paintings wrong? View all 21 comments.

One main theme of this book is ridhes method that was found to regulate those appetites, to frame them within a narrative of virtue. English Choose a language for shopping.

Beautiful source for illustrations, though. If you’re only interested in the culture and not in the context, this would be a very satisfying book; but I like a little more framework to hang the pictures from. Under pressure, it could tighten to compress the Dutch into a sense of their indissoluble unity.

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The Dutch felt that prosperity should be for the common good. He gave me new insight into the great paintings and the incredibly rich life of the Dutch golden age, and I’m recommending this book to everyone with a love of art, history, culture rlches – or simply great writing.

Sep 12, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: So far I especially like the chapter on the Dutch tendency to imagine penal punishment. Schama argues that it was prosperity and inclusive Calvinism that ricjes the Dutch personality. I did not see, for example, the knowing worldliness on the face of a child playing cards, which he says shows the dichotomy of views of childhood–on the one hand the innocence and purity and the other that children are just miniature adults just waiting to fail or falter.


Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. There’s something to b This book literally fell apart as I read it. One ekbarrassment may be their early intercontinental contact. His clutter of cultural fragments do however form a system of dykes and parapets that emharrassment the information and pursue two main currents.

Peter Burke reviews ‘The Embarrassment of Riches’ by Simon Schama · LRB 12 November

De Nederlandse cultuur in de Gouden Eeuw and published there inwhere it was also well received. University of California Press- History – pages.

The greatest parts of the book are those where Schama strays from presenting thesis and simply describes the Dutch and their habits. The Netherlands get passed over in lots of history classes and history works because of their late-gained independence, and this book goes a long way to show why that’s unfortunate. And he does succeed in portraying the togetherness and self-assurance of a nation that became emblematically successful.

The contemporary art alone tells us volumes of things that were never said out loud but onl I’m a huge fan of Simon Schama and read this book over and over again. From whales to worms, from cheese to children, from tulips to tarts. This and the fact that the Dutch believed in friendship in marriage, that a love based in companionship and harmony was far more successful that unions forged in finance though I’m sure this occurred as well.

Apr 21, Matthew rated it liked it. Seldom is a comment in parentheses so ghastly This is known as being proud of one’s own ignorance. The without is military, the within is the moral, cultural and domestic lives.