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Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused

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In the 1630s, visitors to the prosperous trading cities of the Netherlands couldn't help but notice that thousands of normally sober, hardworking Dutch citizens from every walk of life were caught up in an extraordinary frenzy of buying and selling. The object of this unprecedented speculation was the tulip, a delicate and exotic Eastern import that had bewitched horticult ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 30th 2001 by Broadway Books (first published 1999)
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Huda Yahya
Sep 01, 2014 Huda Yahya marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Huda by: Sarah ( Paris )


الولع بالزنبق .. سيرة الزهرة التي شغف بها العالم

الكتاب متوفر للتحميل عبر الرابط التالي



Sarah ( Paris )



فاتِنٌ هَذَا الكتاب ~
إنه عن زهرة هيمنت على كلِ شيء وغيرته ، من التاريخ والفنون ، وصولاً إلى الإقتصاد ..
أضحت تراثاً وطنيا ..عن زهرة غير الولع بها كلَ شيء في هولندا،
فكونت وجدان أمة .. واستولت على اهتمامها ..
هولندا والزنبق قصة هوس جمهورية أوروبية صغيرة وفقيرة إلى حد ما ..
وصل إلى حد الهوس ..
بلدُ عانى من حروب كبرى شأنه في ذلك شأن كل البلاد الأوروبية ..
إضافة صعوبات كبرى كـ قلة الأراضي الصالحة للزراعة ومناخ لا يساعد على الحياة ناهيك عن الزراعة ..
هوس وصل إلى مداه بعد وصول أسعار الزنبق لمستويات خيالية
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Khuloud Muhammad
تاريخُ زهرة! ، كتابٌ من فريدٌ من نوعه نادرٌ على أرفف المكتبات جميلُ الموضوع؛ إذ أنَّهُ يستقصي تاريخ اكتشاف ويتتبع إنتشارِ زهرةٍ من أبهى الزهور جمالاً وقدرًا وتعرف هذه الزهرة باسم " تيوليب " وبالعربية " الزنبق " ، بل إنه يعرض ما فعله هذا الكائن النباتي البسيط من تغييرات هامّة وهائلة في مجالات إقتصادية وثقافية وعمرانية وجمالية بل حتَّى شاعرية ( رومانسية ) وفتاوى دينية! فسبحانَ من أبدعها ويسَّر لها أن تؤدِّي عملها على بساطتها ككائن حي يحيى بأدى متطلبات الحياة : يحيى بالتمثيل الضوئي! . سبحان الله من ...more
aljouharah altheeyb
Tulip - توليب - الزنبق

زهرة تنقلت من آسيا إلى قصور الدولة العثمانية في تركيا إلى أوروبا "هولندا " تحديداً ثم عادت مرة أخرى لتركيا ومنها لأوروبا.
زهرة تشتريها الآن بريالات قليلة كان الحصول على بصيلة واحدة من أحد أنواعها ذات السيقان الناعمة والأوراق الزاهية يكلفك آلاف الدولارات.
أو خمسة عشر ضعف وزنها ذهباً !

أستطيع تفهم صرعات الأزياء والمجوهرات والطعام. لكن صرعات التملك لكائنات حية لا يدوم إزهارها سوى عدة أيام ابهرني، ومازال يبهرني حتى بعد انهاء الكتاب!

الولع بالزنبق لم يكن ولعاً عادياً، لم يبدأ ب
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Cari
Tulipomania is the history of the tulip presented with a focus on the Dutch tulip mania of the 17th century, and as an overall history this is fairly good, Mike Dash does a solid job. Exploring the roots of the flower (Ha! See what I did there?) and tracing its movement East to West, giving little bios on important tulip-related figures throughout those centuries, and leading up to the crazypants "OMG GOTTA HAVE IT" mania, this book is a great read, informative and moving along at a nice pace. A ...more
Lynne-marie
I read this when it was published and, when one of my own entries brought it up as a suggested book, my heart gave a flop, remembering how much I enjoyed it. In 1593, botanist Carolus Clusius imported some bulbs from Constantinople, but he was very close with his holdings and it took a theft before the bulbs were brought to the public. Then it was as if an intoxication among the stolid burgers of Holland in the early 1600's similar, as Dash would have us see, to the dot.com mania of our era. Who ...more
Velvetink
Learnt a lot about futures trading reading this book, however there were sections of the financial side that I found a hard slog - but the historical info about the tulip and some of the early botanists was fascinating.
Richard
Mike Dash does a nice job of recapping the tulip investment bubble of 1637. It's easy for us to look back at this mania and wonder how anyone could pay astronomical sums for a single tulip bulb. Of course, we live in an era where people can (and do) pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a baseball card, a comic book, or a postage stamp. Other than in a lengthy footnote near the end of the book that discusses the Florida real estate bubble of 90 years ago, Dash doesn't draw any parallels to ot ...more
Stephan Frank
Nice quick read. It's good to have not only the scale of the trade, and its actually much lower impact than usually ascribed to it, described in detail, but to illuminate the circumstances under which the "florists", and not the true lovers of the flower itself created a financial bubble for themselves. Hence the sheer volume for an anotherwise extremely easily explicable phenomenon on a commodity market is justified, as Mike Dash provides a lot more information than on economics only. Hence, I ...more
Adina
Foarte bine documentata, cartea lui Mike Dash ofera un raspuns plauzibil la intrebarea "de ce este Olanda altfel?", reconstituie atmosfera secolului al XVII-lea olandez prin prisma tulipomaniei. Aceasta epoca a insemnat pentru Olanda nu numai prosperitate finanaciara, ci si culturala, "o adevarata inflorire a artelor, ca niciodata pana atunci, alimentata atat de infiintarea Universitatii din Leiden si a celorlalte unitati de invatamant superior, cat si de sosirea unui mare numar de pictori si de ...more
Razvan Zamfirescu
În anii 1630 lalelele erau atât de adorate de locuitorii Țării de Jos încât au ajuns să coste (un singur bulb) până la de 30 de ori salariul pe care-l câștiga un meșteșugar pe lună. Însă mania nu a durat mult. Dar cât a durat a îmbogățit mulți negustori, cultivatori și florari suficient cât să nu mai fie nevoiți să muncească, nici ei, nici familiile lor, nici măcare o singură zi cât vor trăi.
Aceasta este povestea maniei care a cuprins Republica Olandeză în acea perioadă.
Din păcate autorul spune
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Laura Caltea
Volumul lui Mike Dash reprezintă istoria pasionantă a unui subiect aparent inocent, și anume fascinația suscitată de o floare delicată, aproape fără miros, ce a intrat în istorie sub denumirea de nebunia lalelelor (sau tulipomania). Este o carte scrisă lejer, aproape un fel de thriller, cu descrieri foarte vii ale epocilor și oamenilor și, în același timp, foarte bine documentată, fără a plictisi prin informații. Dincolo de componenta sa istorică și cea estetică, volumul analizează și ceea ce a ...more
Amerynth
I really enjoyed reading Mike Dash's "Tulipmania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower and the Extraordinary Passions it Aroused." The book follows the 1630's Dutch mania for tulip flower varieties, which became a national obsession for a short time.

Dutch citizens became enriched on paper in a sort of futures market where they traded for tulip bulbs that weren't going to be harvested for months. Then, prices dropped out and chains of buyers were left without the money to pay for flowers,
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Bea
I liked the other book I read by Mike Dash, but this book was rather boring. It was well researched, but somehow it felt poorly edited and repetitive. Maybe I just don't care much about the tulip craze? It often felt like long recitations of this tulip cost this much and that tulip cost that much.

It also would have benefited from photos. I think it could have been condensed into a nice photo-coffee table book with pictures of each tulip along with the lists of how their value changed over time.
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Elizabeth Burgess
I was really into this book throughout the first half. The opening bits on the origin of the tulip and especially the stories of the tulip in the Ottoman Empire were fascinating for me - perhaps because I knew so little about the topic. Having a background in botany (with a particular interest in botanical taxonomy) I was even captivated by the chapter on Clusius' extensive work. However, once the author got into the true "tulipmania" sections during the Netherlands' tulip trade craze I just com ...more
Kara
Jul 06, 2008 Kara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: money
The original speculative boom and bust.

"All of this has happened before and will happen again."
Rana Abed
السيرة الذاتية للزنبق... لم احبها ... لم استمتع
Am0o0n Turki
مع كل مرة أرى فيها زهرة الزنبق ( التوليب ) يتملكني شغف لمعرفة هذه الزهرة من مكان نشأتها الى أسباب أنتشارها في العالم , فلم أجد أجمل من كتاب مايك داش الذي يتكلم بالتفصيل الممل عن سيرة الزنبق وشغف العالم بها ...
قبل قراءته كنت من كثير من الناس نعتبر أن الزهرة نشأتها وحياتها كلها أنطلقت من هولندا ولكن صدمتي كانت كبيرة عندما علمت أن هذه الزهرة الرقيقة والجميلة التي لابد أن تعيش في تربة جافة وفقيرة ورملية قادمة لنا من جبال الباميرز الروسية ( تعرف ب سقف العالم ) مع جبال تيان شيان ( المعروفة ب الجبال ال
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Melissa
This was an odd book. When I had first read the description I had pictured one of those larger books that went into the history of the tulip and probably many detailed drawings or photographs of different varieties. That is not what this book is about.

This book covers the history of the great Tulipomania in which the Dutch people paid exorbitant prices for certain varieties of tulips due to a mania of wanting to possess the most rare and beautiful bulbs. For a modern day reference think Beanie B
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Paul
I wasn't crazy about this book - I'd give it a 2.5 out of 5, probably. The author tells an interesting story about a boom and bust in tulip bulbs (really tulip bulb futures) that developed in early 17th century Netherlands, which really felt to me like a rather humdrum standard story, and Dash - who is not an economist or political scientist - doesn't really have much to offer in the way of an insightful exploration of the forces of the phenomenon, he seems to present it just with a standard bul ...more
Sean
Mike Dash’s bestselling novel Tulipomania gives its reader a Wikipedia-version of one of the first, if not the first, boom and bust cycle in history. The book explores the futures market existent around the tulip flower in the Netherlands in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. While the piece is an enjoyable and quick read, it should in nowise be considered an overtly scholastic work or exhaustively researched. The sources Dash does use, while fairly accurate and are often even primary sourc ...more
Lisa
When my book club picked this as our next read, I thought ‘What a great way to kick-off spring!’ Then I started reading and it was not what I was expecting. Don’t let the title mislead you. It is not a book about Tulips per se. It is more so the history of the Tulip, the mining of the Tulip, the behind the scenes deals and extremes the wealthy would succumb to in their obsession to obtain the greatest bulb. It is also a story of extremes, those who nurture & breed the bulb vs those who buy. ...more
Jessica
My Amazon review: Many gardeners may believe that the Dutch "created" the tulip, or that, at the very least, it was native to the region. The truth is, as we can learn from Mike Dash, that botanists introduced tulips to the Dutch after discovering them growing wild in the valleys and oases of the Pamir Mountains in Russia and the Tien Shan that border China. Out of these harsh mountains in Asia, tulips flourished and were held in high esteem by the Ottoman's and are considered sacred in the reli ...more
Chris
• Story of the frenzied buying and selling of tulips in the Netherlands, 1630s
• Memorable anecdotes and quotations:
o Turkish Sultan, Suleyman, and the 4 courtyards of the Topkapi Palace (p22):
 First, open to Sultan’s subjects to complain to scribes. Housed several armories, various arms of the government, and a pair of white marble pillars on which were placed the severed heads of notables who had offended the Sultan.
 Second, quieter court forbidden to all but funtionaires, soldiers and import
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Megan
Tulips! Growing up in a Scandinavian home I saw a lot of tulips. We grew tulips, and most people I knew did. We drove up to se the tulip fields. I just assumed they were Dutch. On the Disneyland Ride Small World the little Dutch girls are sitting in tulips, swinging their wooden shoes. Little did I know as a child all of this was due to a long torrid history of the flower. Apparently the tulip is from Asia, and no one really knows how it got to Europe. What is known is that for a short time in t ...more
Anthony
Anytime there is a financial bubble - dot.com, real estate, ect - someone compares it to the Dutch tulip mania of the 1600's. But you never hear much about the specifics of the Dutch tulip crisis. So I bought this book to find out what actually happened.

The book is as thorough as it can be, tracing the tulip from it's roots in the Ottoman Empire to it's journey to the United Provinces. What's interesting about the Dutch tulip crisis is that despite the author's obvious extensive research, there
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Judith
Thought this would be interesting since I visited the Floriade in the Netherlands a few years ago with my husband and our grandson, Steven. This a historical account of the boom and bust time of tulip bulb that hit its height in 1636 in much of Holland, especially in Haarlam and Amsterdam. The greed that overtook the country surrounding it's growing and trading of tulip bulbs is reminiscent of our own boom and bust of the tech stocks in the stock market during the early 21st Century here in the ...more
Jonathan
Like a lot of people I first heard of the Dutch tulipomania by reading Charles MacKay's 'Extraordinary Popular Delusions'. The 8 pages devoted to the subject in that book piqued my interest enough for me to read Mike Dash's 'Tulipomania'.

Although there is a general lack of source material the author does a great job. He discusses how the tulip first appeared in Europe via the Ottoman Empire and ends the book by returning to the Ottoman Empire in the 18th Century and outlines some later bulb man
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Hana
Of course I've read the short and classic account of the speculative bubble in tulips in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, but since I'm a gardener, a lover of the art of the Netherlands, and an investment adviser, this book is calling to me with an irresistible siren song.
sillopillo
Cambiano le epoche ma lo spirito umano rimane immutato.
Einsten diceva: " Ci sono due cose infinite: l'universo e la stupidita' umana, ma sull'universo ho ancora qualche dubbio", e la storia narrata in questo libro e' una ulteriore conferma della validita' dell'affermazione.
Il libro con uno stile preciso e puntuale, mai noioso, racconta i fatti accaduti nei primi decenni del 1600 in Olanda e la febbre collettiva che coinvolse quelle popolazioni nel commercio dei tulipani scambiati a prezzi esorbi
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