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Tulipmania: MONEY, HONOR, AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE

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Author: ANNE GOLDGAR
ISBN: 9780226301259
Original Region: United States
Original Language: English
Publication Date: 2008
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In the 1630s the Netherlands was gripped by tulipmania: a speculative fever unprecedented in scale and, as popular history would have it, folly. We all know the outline of the story—how otherwise sensible merchants, nobles, and artisans spent all they had (and much that they didn’t) on tulip bulbs. We have heard how these bulbs changed hands hundreds of times in a single day, and how some bulbs, sold and resold for thousands of guilders, never even existed. Tulipmania is seen as an example of the gullibility of crowds and the dangers of financial speculation.

But it wasn’t like that. As Anne Goldgar reveals inTulipmania, not one of these stories is true. Making use of extensive archival research, she lays waste to the legends, revealing that while the 1630s did see a speculative bubble in tulip prices, neither the height of the bubble nor its bursting were anywhere near as dramatic as we tend to think. By clearing away the accumulated myths, Goldgar is able to show us instead the far more interesting reality: the ways in which tulipmania reflected deep anxieties about the transformation of Dutch society in the Golden Age.

About the Author:

Anne Goldgar is reader in early modern history at King’s College, London. She is the author of Impolite Learning: Conduct and Community in the Republic of Letters, 1680–1750.

Reviews:

“Tulipmania is in every way a model of historical scholarship, an exemplary piece of historical craftsmanship. Every page is rife with rich human detail, and Goldgar’s lively and elegant style carries the reader, enthusiasm and curiosity undimmed, to the stimulating conclusion. Above all, this is revisionist history of the best kind.”

— Anthony Grafton, Princeton University

"Goldgar's examination of the role of value and the new ways social status, trust, and expertise interacted in judgments concerning value in a mercantile culture should have important repercussions for the history of science, art, economic thought, social history, and studies of the emerging public sphere."

— Vera Keller | History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences

“Goldgar tells us at the start of her excellent debunking book: ‘Most of what we have heard of [tulipmania] is not true.’. . . She tells a new story.”

— Simon Kuper, Financial Times

Awards:

American Historical Association: AHA-Leo Gershoy Award
Won

Society of Architectural Historians: Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award
Won

Hardcover: 446 pages

Product Dimensions:6 x 9’’

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Contents:

Acknowledgments

List of Illustrations

Introduction

One: Something Strange

Two: Art & Flowers

Three: Bloemisten

Four: Grieving Money

Five: Bad Faith

Epilogue: Cabbage Fever

Glossary

A Note on Money

Abbreviations

Notes

Index

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