The Resource Amsterdam : a history of the world's most liberal city, Russell Shorto

Amsterdam : a history of the world's most liberal city, Russell Shorto

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Amsterdam : a history of the world's most liberal city
Title
Amsterdam
Title remainder
a history of the world's most liberal city
Statement of responsibility
Russell Shorto
Title variation
History of the world's most liberal city
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Language
eng
Summary
Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers know it for its legal brothels and hash bars; art lovers know it for Rembrandt's glorious portraits. But the deeper history of Amsterdam, what makes it one of the most fascinating places on earth, is bound up in its unique geography--the constant battle of its citizens to keep the sea at bay--and the democratic philosophy that this enduring struggle fostered. Amsterdam is the font of liberalism, in both its senses. Tolerance for free thinking and free love make it a place where, in the words of one of its mayors, "craziness is a value." But the city also fostered the deeper meaning of liberalism, one that profoundly influenced America: political and economic freedom. Amsterdam was home not only to religious dissidents and radical thinkers but to the world's first great global corporation. In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam, showing how such disparate elements as herring anatomy, naked Anabaptists parading through the streets, and an intimate gathering in a sixteenth century wine tasting room had a profound effect on Dutch--and world--history. Weaving in his own experiences of his adopted home, Shorto provides an ever surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam from the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through its brutal struggle for independence and its golden age as a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are being questioned anew.--Publisher description
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DLC
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949.2/352
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DJ411.A55
LC item number
S56 2013
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
Amsterdam : a history of the world's most liberal city, Russell Shorto
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Amsterdam : a history of the world's most liberal city, Russell Shorto
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Color illustrations and color maps on lining papers and jacket
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [323]-343) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
A bicycle trip -- The water problem -- The alteration -- The company -- The liberal city -- "The rare happiness of living in a republic" -- Seeds of influence -- The two liberalisms -- "We inform you of the action of a powerful German force" -- The magic center
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Dimensions
25 cm.
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Edition
First edition.
Extent
357 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385534574
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013003544
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), color maps
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(OCoLC)827528685

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