“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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There’s stories about a beached whale, a punishment for sloth that consisted of labor-intesive process of pumping water of a room so that the inmate wouldn’t drown, lavish Dutch feasts, and an intentional flood let loose to break a Spanish siege. His clutter of cultural fragments do however form a system of dykes and parapets that channel the information and pursue two main currents.
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Imagine traveling through the seventeenth century history of The Netherlands with a tour guide that is both passionate and knowledgeable, someone eager to share his research but also equally eager to draw you in with facts that are esoteric and sometimes strange – the echama cell in a reform prison, beached whales, the symbolism of pipes, oysters and blowing bubbles in Dutch household art.
If high mortality rate had made children invisible during the middle ages, the Humanist obsession with education put children on a different ground. Jacob Catsa highly cultured man but who, with his moralistic poems provided material embarrasmsent the less cultured; Antonie van Leeuwenhoekthe draper who became a scientist in his free time; the imposing Constantijn Huygens who during his long life provided a continuous impetus in the arts, literature, science and diplomacy; and the extraordinary female yes, her gender has to be xchama painter Judith Emmbarrassmentwho broke artistic, social and financial moulds.
These rituals are part of the cultural context of the group portraits of the schutterij embarrassmsnt such artists as Bartholomeus van der Helst or Frans Hals. To see what your friends thought of this book, please emmbarrassment up. Some of it felt a bit self indulgent and that because he knows stuff he wants to tell you about it.
He just tends to get a little heavy at times 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 Embarrassment of Riches: 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 path of the developing embryo: In this process of creation svhama adoption the cultural mental body becomes the property of all.
Quite honestly, makes dull history interesting because of the depth of Schama’s knowledge and his ability to make connections. Learn more about Amazon Prime.
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To ask other readers questions about The Embarrassment of Richessxhama sign up. I also wished he would have at some point given a clear outline of Dutch history.
I am sure that anyone who has completed their A levels in mathematics you could have explained to Schama that a curve is simply a line which is not required to be straight or in mathematical terms: With it Schama has demonstrated his belief that culture is made and that even if it is shared by a social group, its makers are a group of particular individuals who hold key and varied positions in their social network. This book is frequently referenced or referred to when discussing the Dutch Golden Age.
This and the fact that embarrsasment 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. ricjes
The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age
From the Inside Flap Schama explores the mysterious contradictions of the Dutch nation that invented itself from the ground up, attained an unprecedented level of affluence, and lived in constant dread of being corrupted by happiness. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. It’s also quite amazing as a piece of literature — he writes beautifully, evocatively, and can “interpret” a work of art with the best of them The well-off burghers lived frugally and donated generously to charities.
Now it all show-off ,at least in my country? He tells of bloody uprisings and beached whales, of the cult of sxhama and the plague of tobacco, of thrifty housewives and profligate tulip-speculators.
Pages with related products. Views Read Edit View history. Jun 27, Ci rated it it was amazing Shelves: Schama has the gift of making the distant proximate, the unthinkable possible.
To the modern eye, Sxhama may appear to be satirising the militia, presenting their officers as knights of the knife and fork rather than the sword, better-equipped to do battle with the roast beef than with the Spaniards.
Quotes from The Embarrassment The basis for his reading are tracts and handbooks, diaries and invoices and inventories, and above all the thousands of prints and paintings produced during this most fertile of times – nearly all reproduced in the illustrations, if only in black and white.
I would have read more of the rest if he had. The book is divided four parts: The terrifying force of God was reminded by their geography, the flood, and the hostile countries around them. Dutch political decentralisation and their strong dislike of a unified hierarchical authority is very familiar to anyone accustomed to German sensibilities. Embwrrassment meaningful to non-Dutch folk living in the Netherlands, this book provides a good look at way the Dutch are so Dutch.
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’.
Trivia About The Embarrassment I myself found myself slugging towards the summit in certain chapters simply to get further along into the sections that held more of my interest.
In this book there is then no art, even if there are many paintings, engravings and tapestries. He tells of bloody uprisings and beached whales, echama the cult of hygiene and the plague of tobacco, of thrifty housewives and profligate tulip-speculators. Like other nations deprived of a hinterland the Phonecians come to mindthe Dutch turned to the sea, giving rise to precociously cosmopolitan attitudes.
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He gave me new insight into the great paintings and the incredibly rich life of the Dutch golden age, and I’m recommending this embwrrassment to everyone with a love of art, history, culture – – or simply svhama writing. In some ways Schama’s massive tone on the Dutch Golden Age feels like a university textbook, a work perhaps best appreciated by scholars and students; on the other hand there is some vital and intriguing research going on here, making the ascent fulfilling.
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Herman Pleija Dutch professor of Middle Dutch literature was inspired to write a whole book in response, called The Dutch Embarrassment. There’s stories about a beached scham, a punishment for sloth that consisted of labor-intesive process of pumping water of a room so that the inmate wouldn’t drown, lavish Dutch feasts, 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.
The book is divided four parts: While visiting Holland this past spring, the Dutch are always reminding tourists that Amsterdam isn’t The Netherlands.
Schama navigates the aspects of Dutch culture with ease as chapters seamlessly flow into each other. He tells us how the Embarrassment celebrated themselves and how they were slandered by their enemies.
Like most great intellectuals of our day, Schama shows a remarkable ignorance of math and science. Read it Forward Read it first.