Start your review of The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age Write a review Shelves: art , history , travel , history-european , cultural , netherlands Opening the pages of Schamas Embarrassment of Riches has felt like letting the waters of knowledge wash over my poor guideless and guileless mind. Each new chapter surged like a new tide that would pull me upwards and drag me downwards, pushing and towing my senses mercilessly. These are the ebbs and flows of reading. My hopelessness is then my Embarrassment while the erudition is Schamas Richness.
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He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Starred First in He then taught for some time at Oxford , where he was made a Fellow of Brasenose College in , specialising in the French Revolution. The book was originally intended as a study of the French Revolution, but as published in , it focused on the effect of the Patriottentijd revolution of the s in the Netherlands, and its aftermath.
In , Schama took up a chair at Harvard University. His next book, The Embarrassment of Riches , again focused on Dutch history. The iconographic evidence that Schama draws upon, in illustrations, of emblems and propaganda that defined Dutch character, prefigured his expansion in the s as a commentator on art and visual culture. Its view that the violence of the Terror was inherent from the start of the Revolution, however, has received serious negative criticism.
More personal and idiosyncratic than Dead Certainties, this book was more traditionally structured and better-defined in its approach. Despite mixed reviews, the book was a commercial success and won numerous prizes. Schama became art critic for The New Yorker in He held the position for three years, dovetailing his regular column with professorial duties at Columbia University ; a selection of his essays on art for the magazine, chosen by Schama himself, was published in under the title Hang Ups.
Schama returned to the UK in , having been commissioned by the BBC to produce a series of television documentary programmes on British history as part of their Millennium celebrations, under the title A History of Britain. Schama wrote and presented the episodes himself, in a friendly and often jocular style with his highly characteristic delivery, and was rewarded with excellent reviews and unexpectedly high ratings.
Schama also wrote a trilogy of tie-in books for the show, which took the story up to the year ; there is some debate as to whether the books are the tie-in product for the TV series, or the other way around.
The series also had some popularity in the United States when it was first shown on the History Channel. The first result of the deal was a book and TV show entitled Rough Crossings : Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution,  dealing in particular with the proclamation issued during the Revolutionary War by Lord Dunmore offering slaves from rebel plantations freedom in return for service to the crown.
Singing in the Rain: Schama looks forward to spring with personal reflections on the changing seasons. The Gift of the Gab: The history of political rhetoric and the power during election campaigns of televised debates.
Behold, Newstralia! The Drama of Politics: The timeless drama of British politics. When Money is Just an Illusion: Reflection on the meaning of money as represented by coins and notes and in art.
Hearts of Oak: Reflection on the significance of one of the sights that will greet new MPs in the chamber of the House of Commons — the panelling made of solid oak. He is married to Virginia Papaioannou, a geneticist from California; they have two children, Chloe and Gabriel. On 1 April , only weeks after he came to power, Hitler ordered a boycott of Jewish shops, banks, offices and department stores. Schama and Sebag Montefiore have both written historical works about Israel, while Jacobson has written regularly about Israel and the UK Jewish community in his newspaper columns.
The Embarrassment of Riches
Summary[ edit ] In his attempt to make a systematic overview of the Dutch Golden Age culture, Schama cites an eclectic list of period source materials from all over the world, including emblem books , period histories and novels, cookbooks, scientific discoveries, bankruptcy files, religious works, and period art including prints, paintings, sculpture, architecture and stained glass windows. Schama revisits Dutch Golden Age morals, from how they brought up their children, to how they mourned their dead. Historiography[ edit ] The history of the Netherlands has long been colored by local histories financed by various institutions and leading families through the ages. There are several discrepancies to be found in period accounts between the various city archives, and the archives of other institutions such as water boards or the Bishopric of Utrecht. Many archives have been sadly neglected or worse, destroyed by war or as in the case of the Catholic Church, the beeldenstorm. Authors through the centuries have often used materials from predecessors without questioning the original sources, leading to many conflicting statements.
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