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  • Paperback
  • 352
  • Een kleine geschiedenis van Amsterdam
  • Geert Mak
  • English
  • 19 November 2019
  • 9780674009936

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    A DUTCH DOZEN1 Amsterdam has a long history of thriftiness of modesty In the eighteenth century Widow Pels the city's richest inhabitant had no than five servants In the 1990s a local executive wrote to airline KLM to ask th

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    So begins the summer vacation report I've now exhausted Geert Mak's library that's been translated into English In this book he takes up Amsterdam and traces the city from past to present My main knock with large stretches

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    Before my first visit I wanted to read something that would give me a relatively uick interesting overview of the history of Amsterdam from its beginnings to the present and this is pretty much what Geert Mak give

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    I will read this for an overview of the Dutch scene before other books

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    A really fascinating read I love Amsterdam and all its uirks and this is a good introduction to those historical peculiarities Why didn't I like it Phillip blom a German living in London translating Dutch did a fa

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    I read this book with great interest and pleasure I read it before going to Amsterdam turning my visit into a history dive

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    Turns out Amsterdam is a very pleasant but not especially historically interesting city

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    Amsterdam A little jewel A little museum A little piece of your heart Mak's book entinces the reader to walk with him through the centuries' layers of brick sweat chatter sails and time across the canals and into the buildings The walls sometimes talk to you His approach to this work is historic intermingled with journalistic techniues a little family story here a lovers' spat over there bankruptcy and madness all thrown in to

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    I picked this up metaphorically after participating in a reader's advisory Facebook service at my library Readers submitted books that they had liked to a Facebook comment and then the library responded with other titles that were similar I submitted The Oregon Trail Because it was a book that had a deep sense of place the library

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    I read the Dutch language 2009 ebook edition of this book—Een kleine geschiedenis van Amsterdam and partway t

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Een kleine geschiedenis van Amsterdam

Cosmopolitan stylish even a little decadent Amsterdam the Venice of the North is a city of legendary beauty From a twelfth century settlement of wooden huts at the mouth of the River Amstel it had become by the late sixteenth century one of the great cultural capitals of Europe and a major financial centerIn this gracefully written examination of Amsterdam's soul part history part travel guide the Dutch writer Geert Mak imaginatively depicts the live Before my first visit I wanted to read something that would give me a relatively uick interesting overview of the history of Amsterdam from its beginnings to the present and this is pretty much what Geert Mak gives us in his book I ll be visiting for only a few days but I feel that I have a good sense of the many layers of the city especially its social and political history I wish Mak had given a bit on the history of the arts literature and music in Amsterdam but that s a fairly minor complaint I found Mak s account of the 17th and 18th centuries particularly fascinating and his account of World War II and its aftermath is heartbreaking He s particularly good at using accounts by individuals from their journals for an on the ground view of life in these periods and eually good at contextualizing these lives by pulling back and giving us an overview of the politics and planning of the city

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S of early Amsterdammers and traces the city's progress from a small town of merchants sailors farmers and fishermen to a thriving metropolis Mak's Amsterdam is a city of dreams and nightmares of grand civic architecture and magnificent monuments but also of civil wars uprisings and bloody religious purges In his delightfully instructive journey through the city and through time Mak displays an eye for the bizarre and the unexpected a Rembrandt sketc I will read this for an overview of the Dutch scene before other books

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H of a young girl executed for manslaughter; the shoe of a medieval lady unearthed during a remodeling project; a graffito foretelling the city's doom on the wall of a mansion daubed by a deranged burgomaster with his own bloodAmsterdam remains a magnet for travelers from around the world and this charmingly detailed account of its origins and its history through the present day is designed to help the reader step into daily life in a truly modern ci Amsterdam A little jewel A little museum A little piece of your heart Mak s book entinces the reader to walk with him through the centuries layers of brick sweat chatter sails and time across the canals and into the buildings The walls sometimes talk to you His approach to this work is historic intermingled with journalistic techniues a little family story here a lovers spat over there bankruptcy and madness all thrown in to make the perfect page turner Indeed as he says cities are tough institutions Once established they are very hard to knock down I loved his comments on Amsterdammers their portrayal as global but yet very rooted people visionaries such as the Jewish businessman Samuel Sarphati coupled with local gossip journalists of dubious credibility but also resistance fighters and bankers Wallie and Gijs van Hall What struck particularly was the detail about city planning the filling out of major canals and the surfacing of new waterways the creation of Central Station apparently the worst decision ever The city s lack of Gallic monumentalism an indication of both its sobriety and its anti conventionalism Across time Amsterdam develops progresses and regresses through countless expansions and retractions business successes and war crime collaboration probably the city s worst indictment about 80% Jews deported and killed immigration and emigration waves Sephardic Jews Eastern Europeans Germans French Huguenots Belgians and even Indian dockworkers in the Dutch colonial and trading heyday Calvinism seeps through the cultural fabric of the people and their actions public policy decisions often made on very pragmatic stances Wibaut a public Health Commissioner in the early 20th century pushed through the building of an enlarged city creating new spaces for the ever increasing population Miranda planned and helped regenerate old decrepit inner city uarters The Great Expansion Plan created by the genius of Cornelis van Eesteren in 1934 was the first of its kind to consider city demogrphic expansion into the future millennium 2000 The last section tells the terrible facts about Nazi occupation and Dutch collaboration Wak comments that at this time there is little scope for self congratulation in Amsterdam Well into the 70s and 80s the city fights for a new order a new planning ideal Old or new City museum or bustling business cityThe road into the 21st century leads to new unprecedented challenges What s certain is that whether near or far love it or hate it individuals who have visited Amsterdam somehow feel they want to absorb part of its spirit A really good book I tried to slow my reading down so I could savour its little uirky details I personally think it s a fine example of Dutch gezelligheid


About the Author: Geert Mak

Dutch historian mostly known for his documentary series 'In Europa' In Europe and book of the same name Nowadays he gives lectures about the Netherlands in the USA