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Publikace: Amsterdam - History of the City - Russell Shorto. An endlessly entertaining portrait of the city of Amsterdam and the ideas that make it unique, by the author of the acclaimed Island at the Center of the World Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; ...a dál?

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Publikace: Amsterdam - History of the City - Russell Shorto. An endlessly entertaining portrait of the city of Amsterdam and the ideas that make it unique, by the author of the acclaimed Island at the Center of the World 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 » ... a dál?

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Publikace: Amsterdam - History of the City - Russell Shorto. An endlessly entertaining portrait of the city of Amsterdam and the

ideas that make it unique, by the author of the acclaimed Island at

the Center of the World 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, its

golden age as a vast empire, to its complex present in which its

cherished ideals of liberalism are under siege. Publikace: Amsterdam - History of the City - Russell Shorto. 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.


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