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The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age
The Embarrassment of Riches
An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age
Paperback      ISBN: 0679781242

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. Drawing on a vast array of period documents and sumptuously reproduced art, Schama re-creates in precise detail a nation's mental state. He tells of bloody uprisings and beached whales, of the cult of hygiene and the plague of tobacco, of thrifty housewives and profligate tulip-speculators. He tells us how the Dutch celebrated themselves and how they were slandered by their enemies.


"History on the grand scale...An ambitious portrait of one of the most remarkable episodes in modern history."--New York Times

"Wonderfully inclusive; with wit and intense curiosity he teases out meaning from every aspect of Dutch seventeenth-century life."--Robert Hughes
Life in Medieval Village
Life in Medieval Village
Paperback      ISBN: 0060920467

A lively, detailed picture of village life in the Middle Ages by the authors of Life in a Medieval City and Life in a Medieval Castle. "A good general introduction to the history of this period."--Los Angeles Times

The Sound and the Story: Npr and the Art of Radio
The Sound and the Story
Npr and the Art of Radio
Hardcover      ISBN: 0395674395

An inside look at a popular radio network analyzes its size in relation to its following, introduces the personalities behind such programs as "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered," and weighs the effects of television on radio broadcasting

Coercion, Capital and European States, A.D. 990 - 1992
Coercion, Capital and European States, A.D. 990 - 1992
Paperback      ISBN: 1557863687

In this pathbreaking work, now available in paperback, Charles Tilly challenges all previous formulations of state development in Europe. Specifically, Tilly charges that most available explanations fail because they do not account for the great variety of kinds of states which were viable at different stages of European history, and because they assume a unilinear path of state development resolving in today's national state.

A History of Private Life: Riddles of Identity in Modern Times
A History of Private Life
Riddles of Identity in Modern Times
Hardcover      ISBN: 067439979x

This fifth and final volume in an award-winning series charts the inner history of our times from the tumult of World War I to the 1990s.

Byzantine Empresses: Women and Power in Byzantium, Ad 527-1204
Byzantine Empresses
Women and Power in Byzantium, Ad 527-1204
Hardcover      ISBN: 0415146887

This text provides a series of biographical portraits of the most significant Byzantine women who ruled or shared the throne between 527 and 1204. It presents and analyzes the available historical data in order to outline what these empresses did, what the sources thought they did and what they wanted to do.

Barcelona
Barcelona
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0394580273

The author of The Fatal Shore links 1,500 years of Catalan history with the architecture, painting, sculpture, music, and poetry of Barcelona to pay tribute to the intense accomplishments of the Catalunya culture. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
Paris 1919
Six Months That Changed the World
Paperback      ISBN: 0375760520
National Bestseller

New York Times Editors' Choice

Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize

Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

Silver Medalist for the Arthur Ross Book Award
of the Council on Foreign Relations

Finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

For six months in 1919, after the end of "the war to end all wars," the Big Three--President Woodrow Wilson, British prime minister David Lloyd George, and French premier Georges Clemenceau--met in Paris to shape a lasting peace. In this landmark work of narrative history, Margaret MacMillan gives a dramatic and intimate view of those fateful days, which saw new political entities--Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Palestine, among them--born out of the ruins of bankrupt empires, and the borders of the modern world redrawn.
Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused
Tulipomania
The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused
Paperback      ISBN: 060980765x
A vivid narration of the history of the tulip, from its origins on the barren, windswept steppes of central Asia to its place of honor in the lush imperial gardens of Constantinople, to its starring moment as the most coveted--and beautiful--commodity in Europe.

In the 1630s, visitors to the prosperous trading cities of the Netherlands couldn't help but notice that thousands of normally sober, hardworking Dutch citizens were caught up in an extraordinary frenzy of buying and selling. The object of this unprecedented speculation was the tulip, a delicate and exotic Eastern import that had bewitched horticulturists, noblemen, and tavern owners alike. For almost a year rare bulbs changed hands for incredible and ever-increasing sums, until single flowers were being sold for more than the cost of a house. Historians would come to call it tulipomania. It was the first futures market in history, and like so many of the ones that would follow, it crashed spectacularly, plunging speculators and investors into economic ruin and despair. This colorful cast of characters includes Turkish sultans, Yugoslav soldiers, French botanists, and Dutch tavern keepers--all centuries apart historically and worlds apart culturally, but with one thing in common: tulipomania.
History of Private Life, Volume IV: From the Fires of Revolution to the Great War
History of Private Life, Volume IV
From the Fires of Revolution to the Great War
Hardcover      ISBN: 0674399781

The 19th century was the golden age of private life, a time when supreme individual and existential values emerged. The fourth book in this popular series, written for the cultivated reader, chronicles this development from the tumult of the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War I."