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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
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a history of the world's most liberal city
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Russell Shorto
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History of the world's most liberal city
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a history of the worlds most liberal city
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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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A historical portrait of Amsterdam and the ideas that make it unique explores the ongoing efforts of its citizens to navigate its seaside challenges and democratic philosophies, revealing the influence of the liberal ideals that evolved there
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10467059
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Shorto, Russell
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949.2
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  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
  • portraits
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Liberalism
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
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adult
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a history of the world's most liberal city
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Amsterdam : a history of the world's most liberal city, Russell Shorto
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [323]-343) and index
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volume
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  • still image
  • text
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
Control code
000051869324
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
357 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781408703489
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), col. maps
Label
Amsterdam : a history of the world's most liberal city, Russell Shorto
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [323]-343) and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • still image
  • text
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
Control code
000051869324
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
357 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781408703489
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), col. maps

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