Catalog

Record Details

Catalog Search



Amsterdam : a history of the world's most liberal city / Russell Shorto.

Shorto, Russell (author.).
Image of item

Available copies

  • 12 of 13 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

Current holds

0 current holds with 13 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Culver-Union Twp PL - Culver 949.2352 SHO (Text) 34304000822668 Adult - Nonfiction Available -
Eckhart PL - Main 949.2 SHO (Text) 840191002035683 Nonfiction - Main Floor Temporarily Unavailable -
Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library 949.235 SHO (Text) 33187003602014 Nonfiction Available -
Hagerstown Jefferson Twp PL - Hagerstown 949.2 SHOR (Text) 39213000674766 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Jefferson Co PL - Madison Main Branch 949.2352 SHO (Text) 39391006576589 Nonfiction Available -
Mooresville PL - Mooresville 949.235 SHO (Text) 37323005108553 NONFIC Available -
Morgan Co PL - Monrovia Branch 949.2352 SHO (Text) 78551000512880 Non-Fiction Available -
New Castle-Henry County PL - New Castle 949.2 SHOR (Text) 39231032684694 Adult Non-fiction Collection Available -
North Madison Co PL - Elwood PL 949.2 SHO (Text) 30419101419451 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL - Plainfield 949.2352 Shorto (Text) 31208911532184 non-fiction Available -
Next 10 »

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780385534574 (hardcover) :
  • ISBN: 0385534574 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 357 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2013]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Color illustrations and color maps on lining papers and jacket.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [323]-343) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A bicycle trip -- The water problem -- The alteration -- The company -- The liberal city -- "The rare happiness of living in a republic" -- Seeds of influence -- The two liberalisms -- "We inform you of the action of a powerful German force" -- The magic center.
Summary, etc.:
Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers know it for its legal brothels and hash bars; art lovers know it for Rembrandt's glorious portraits. But the deeper history of Amsterdam, what makes it one of the most fascinating places on earth, is bound up in its unique geography--the constant battle of its citizens to keep the sea at bay--and the democratic philosophy that this enduring struggle fostered. Amsterdam is the font of liberalism, in both its senses. Tolerance for free thinking and free love make it a place where, in the words of one of its mayors, "craziness is a value." But the city also fostered the deeper meaning of liberalism, one that profoundly influenced America: political and economic freedom. Amsterdam was home not only to religious dissidents and radical thinkers but to the world's first great global corporation. In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam, showing how such disparate elements as herring anatomy, naked Anabaptists parading through the streets, and an intimate gathering in a sixteenth century wine tasting room had a profound effect on Dutch--and world--history. Weaving in his own experiences of his adopted home, Shorto provides an ever surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam from the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through its brutal struggle for independence and its golden age as a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are being questioned anew.--Publisher description.
Subject: Liberalism > Netherlands > Amsterdam > History.
Amsterdam (Netherlands) > History.

Additional Resources