Vermeer's Hat

Vermeer's Hat

The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World

Book - 2008
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Discusses how the moments captured in the paintings of Johannes Vermeer portray the increasing globalization of the seventeenth century, identifying significant objects and explaining how they document economical, industrial, and societal changes around the world.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, c2008
ISBN: 9781596914445
Branch Call Number: 909.6 VER BRO
Characteristics: 272 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 25 cm


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Jan 27, 2018

This is just terrific book: it pursues curiosity and relates dramatic events (most of them minor ones) and narrates the operations of and changes to institutions in the world in the early to mid 1600s. Beavers (poor Swedish beavers were exterminated!), silver, mixing of peoples are some of the main themes (each chapter is given its focus). The writing is just about perfect for history: not academic, not caught up excessively in drama, not moralizing; its edifying and sympathetic. A very lengthy further reading guide is included in the end.

Aug 19, 2011

If you're interested in geography and the history of how western economies were shaped by global trade, this is a fascinating book.

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