- Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto
- Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City
- Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City
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Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto
How can people from different parts of the world -- people with different beliefs, backgrounds and values -- coexist in our increasingly globalized cities? Not only is this a wonderfully readable account of the city that Shorto has come to call home, it is also a history of how the Dutch invented -- and sometimes failed to live up to -- today's concepts of liberty and tolerance.
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Mann, author of and "The dynamic historical account of a vibrantly complex European city and the legacy of social, political and economic liberalism it bequeathed to the Western world Shorto's examination of Amsterdam's colorful history offers important insights into the promise and possibility of enlightened liberalism. Vigorous, erudite and eminently readable. Russell Shorto writes engagingly about how a city can engender ideas—order, tolerance, comfort, egalitarianism, entrepreneurship—and in turn be shaped by them.
Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City
Amsterdam argues convincingly that Western liberalism has been greatly influenced by this small, modest, crazy-yet-conventional place. Shorto is once again revealed as a passionate and persuasive historian of culture and ideas. It is also an entertaining history full of deftly drawn characters and intoxicating ideas which have made Amsterdam the birthplace of liberalism in its many and shifting incarnations. Shorto is a gifted writer , and the rich and multi-layered story he tells of Amsterdam -- its rise as a mercantile power, its politics and culture, its famously tolerant ways, and the tensions generated by these over the centuries -- reveals much about contemporary American society as well, since many of our values and aspirations are an inheritance from this most liberal center of the Dutch Golden Age.
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Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. From the building of its first canals in the s, through the brutal struggle for Dutch independence and its golden age as the capital of a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are under siege, Shorto provides an ever-surprising, intellectually entertaining story of Amsterdam.
Author: Russell Shorto. Language: English.
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