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Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City

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  • Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City 
    Title: Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City
    Author: SHORTO RUSSELL
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 29/10/2013
    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    Price: $33.00
    Publishing status: Active

    American author, historian and journalist?Russell Shorto is a resident of Amsterdam, and?in this tour through the life and times of the?Dutch capital he argues that it has often been?a city ahead of its time. Shorto describes how?sodden ground, schools of herrings and the?tides of history have all played a role in making?Amsterdam what it is today: a city distinctive?for its architecture, atmosphere of tolerance?and progressive attitudes. This ‘biography’?sweeps across the city’s thousand-year history?but focuses on two periods – the late 1500s?to the mid-1600s and WWII to the present?day. From a provincial backwater in the 14th?century it became home to the world’s first?stock market and produced artists, thinkers and?adventurers whose influence spread far beyond?the low, flat horizons of Holland.

    Amsterdam is not just any city. Despite its relative size it has stood alongside its larger cousins—Paris, London, Berlin—and has influenced the modern world to a degree that few other cities have. Sweeping across the city's colourful thousand year history, Russell Shorto brings Amsterdam to life: its sights and smells; its politics and people. Concentrating on two significant periods—the late 1500s to the mid 1600s, and then from the Second World War to the present—Shorto's masterful biography looks at Amsterdam's central preoccupations. Just as fin-de-siècle Vienna was the birthplace of psychoanalysis, seventeenth century Amsterdam was the wellspring of liberalism, and today it is still a city that takes individual freedom very seriously. A wonderfully evocative book that takes Amsterdam's dramatic past and present and populates it with a host of colourful characters, Amsterdam is the definitive book on this great city.

    ISBN: 9781408703489
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