A.Th. van Deursen

Mensen van klein vermogen

Het kopergeld van de gouden eeuw

One of the leading Dutch historians of the seventeenth century, Arie van Deursen describes how the common people of the Netherlands lived between 1572 and 1648, a period that includes Holland’s Golden Age. He explores what ordinary folk did for a living, how they spent their leisure time, and their relationships with their government, their God and their church.

Van Deursen discusses the prevailing concepts of political liberty and exposes one mythic aspect of the much-vaunted Dutch religious freedom by revealing persecution of Catholics. He shows how the choice of the ‘wrong’ denomination could adversely affect a person’s social standing and career. The author also undertakes the difficult task of reconstructing the role of women in society.

Meticulously researched and well written, ranging across a broad spectrum of everyday concerns such as living conditions, sex, marriage, leisure, religion and popular culture, this is the most comprehensive study yet published of plain lives of a ‘golden age’.

The book is a worthy companion piece to Simon Schama’s The Embarrassment of Riches.

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A.Th. van Deursen

A.Th. van Deursen (1931 - 2011) was professor emeritus of modern history at the Free University of Amsterdam. He was unrivaled among Dutch historians in his grasp of seventeenth-century Dutch society. In 1991, he published his Mensen van klein vermogen (Plain Lives in a Golden Age) and in 1994 his…

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Mensen van klein vermogen. Het kopergeld van de gouden eeuw (1991). Non-fictie, 455 pagina's.
Aantal woorden: 200

With illustrations, notes and references

Thema's: middeleeuwen


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