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

By: Shorto, Russell

0349000026 / 9780349000022
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United Kingdom
20 cm 405 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), map (colour)
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Reprint. Originally published: New York: Doubleday, 2013.

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, Amsterdam will bring the place 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, Russell Shorto's masterful biography looks at Amsterdam's central preoccupations.

Just as fin-de-siecle 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 whole host of colourful characters, Amsterdam is the definitive book on this great city.


1DDN Netherlands, HBJD European history

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