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Een kleine geschiedenis van Amsterdam

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  456 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Het kleine geheim van een middeleeuws schoentje, gevonden in de donkerblauwe grachtenmodder, het vrouwenoproer op het Begijnhof, het dagboek van een doodsbange pater tijdens de hongersnood van 1575, de tragedie van het dienstmeisje Elsje Christiaens en de gevierde schilder Rembrant van Rijn, de apocalyps van burgemeester Coenraad van Beuningen, de Grote Kou van 1763 en de ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published March 2005 by Atlas (first published 1994)
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1. Amsterdam has a long history of thriftiness, of modesty. In the eighteenth century, Widow Pels, the city's richest inhabitant, had no more than five servants. In the 1990s, a local executive wrote to airline KLM to ask them to tone down their business-class service: ‘A cheese sandwich and a glass of milk are more than enough as far as I am concerned.’

2. If you want to ward off witchcraft, you can follow the example of one medieval Amsterdammer, who hung ‘a pot full of new needles
So begins the summer vacation report. I've now exhausted Geert Mak's library that's been translated into English. In this book, he takes up Amsterdam, and traces the city from past to present. My main knock with large stretches is that my knowledge of the city simply wasn't strong enough to have context for the places he named. The book itself seemed well researched and drew good connections. Its strongest sections was the 1930s and 1940s, when Mak takes a hard look at the city and country's res ...more
This is an excellent resource for the traveling amateur historian planning a visit to the city. The author has created a good survey of the life of the city adding plenty of buildings and street names that can be picked out on a map. One gets a good idea of why Amsterdam and the Netherlands have their own unique histories somewhat distinct from the rest of Europe. I found the book a little long and wanted a good street map several times while reading. For someone interested in the history of one ...more
Larry Day
I read the Dutch-language 2009 ebook edition of this book—Een kleine geschiedenis van Amsterdam, and partway through also bought the English-language translation 1999 ebook edition for it's inclusion of maps and pictures. The Dutch book is updated, making reference to events as recent as 2004 and includes a substantial epilogue which I found to be helpful in coming to terms with what I found to be for me emotionally difficult events in Amsterdam's history.
I am descended in part from several ear
Het verhaal over Amsterdam vanaf ongeveer 1150 tot het heden. De opkomst van Amsterdam als een land in een land, waar mensen samen tegen de gevestigde orde, de regentes en regeerders optreed als het de Amsterdammers niet zint. Amsterdam die door de eeuwen heen verschillende oorlogen heeft doorstaan en verschillende wisselingen van regeerders heeft doorstaan, staat nog overeind met respect, maar ook met ongeloof. Waar grote steden in het buitenland te maken hebben gehad met veranderingen v
[kesan awal setelah buku tiba:]

sebagai salah satu warga dari bangsa yang pernah mengalami kolonialisasi belanda, saya ingin tahu apakah kisah mengenai kota amsterdam ini juga menyertakan pandangan tentang jawa dan indonesia.
berabad-abad lamanya belanda menikmati banyak kekayaan alam nusantara, adakah yang sanggup mereka catat tentangnya? apakah amsterdam dan para amsterdamers punya kenangan mengenainya? rupanya tidak.
buku ini tidak menyinggung-nyinggung hal yang bagi saya butuh pengakuan itu.
overwegend ben ik een non-fictie lezer, maar voor Geert Mak maak ik graag een uitzondering. Niet alleen is dit boek waanzinnig interessant (vooral omdat ik, toen ik het begon te lezen, op een B&B in de Jordaanwijk zat en de geschiedenis rond me kon aanraken), de manier waarop Mak het allemaal neerschrijft is grote klasse.
Simon Ross
An interesting description of the history of the city. As a regular visitor there, it's given me a new perspective on the city. The description of recent history in the last few chapters suffers a little from the author's perhaps being too close to the events.
May 12, 2014 Sanju marked it as set-aside-but-coming-back-to  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sanju by: rachel debaig
I just started, still at the very beginning. Interesting so far. Recommended by Rachel when I asked about Shorto's book. Didn't get great reviews of Shorto's book from people I asked who read it, but after this one, I'll still look at that one. Just because I'm curious about it.Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City Amsterdam A History of the World's Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto

Mike Stuchbery
Now THIS is how how you do a local history. Well-researched, through, but incredibly descriptive. You can smell the smoke & tar of Amsterdam's 17th century harbour. A treasure!
I used this book as background information for the novel I'm currently writing which takes place in late 19th century and early 20th century Amsterdam.
A great historical account from the very beginning of the city to the mid-80s. A little rough for those who don't know the larger history of the Netherlands, but still an easy and interesting read. (Even for people like me who don't usually read nonfiction!)
Eh, it was interesting, but is probably won't remember much of it.
Thoroughly enjoyd the book. Living very close to Amsterdam and knowing all of these locations puts you right in the middle of expericening where the events took place. It's a well paced book over several decades which moves smoothly from one to the other. It is filled with many, many dates and details of city life throughout. With the three maps in the beginning of the book I found my reading interrupted by referring to the maps but gave me insight to locations and more interest in the story.
Dani Arribas-bel
Most advisable read. Geert Mak correctly realizes cities are nothing but the persons who live there and succeeds at telling history as a story of normal people rather than of events and big personalities. The book is very much readable, I didn't find it dry or hard to read at all.

I particularly enjoyed the account of the Golden age and, although it is very hard, the chapter on the Nazi occupation.

A must read for everyone interested in either Amsterdam, great cities and/or history in general.
Tom Wascoe
Mak is an excellent writer. His book give a great perspective on the development of the city of Amsterdam, its people and thier culture. Particularly good through the 1960's but weaker as one gets closer to today which is natural since the author doesn't have the perspective of time. Amsterdam is truly a unique city with a unique heritage.
A fantastic glimpse into the history od one of the worlds great cities. I lived in the Netherlands for about 4 years in the early 90's and thought I knew Amsterdam well. This book was very insightful for me and cool that I knew many of the historical places throughout the book. Probably not as interesting for someone without the NL connection, but a good, well researched history.
Kay Johnson
This is a book you need to own. Wonderful reference! But it's not a book you would necessarily read from cover to cover in a week. Full of history, daily living, religion, foods, culture, etc. of Amsterdammers from the time they were just a blip on the North Sea. Full of art, illustrations, etchings--more information than you can use in a lifetime. Great reference.
Buiten gewoon leesbaar boek over Amsterdam. Geschiedenis 'light', zoals het mij aangeraden werd, en zo is het. Mij beviel vooral de manier waarop Mak juist de kleine dingen onder het voetlicht haalt, kleine verhalen van Amsterdammers, of over kleine kenmerken van de stad en hoe die zo gekomen zijn.
Aan te raden te lezen met een kaartje van de stad bij de hand!
Although historically interesting, the translation from Dutch to English is one of the worst I've come across in a published book. I found so many mistakes, grammatical errors and bizarre sentences that I started making a list. I stopped when the number became too big and I decided that reading shouldn't be a chore.

A far flung cry from In Europe.
This was an entertaining and informative book that I would recommend to anyone who has ever been to or plans to go to Amsterdam. Geert Mak skillfully traces the physical and cultural evolution of the city from inception to modern times, managing to capture the zeitgeist of each era with just the right anecdote or just the right colorful character.
A fine, basic history of Amsterdam by a Dutch journalist. Good scope of history to prepare to travel to Amsterdam. Focuses on economics, politics, and urban planning. Author relates varying experiences based on the class structures of the times. Pretty dry--but then again I don't usually read straight history books.
Very good short general history/travel writing on Amsterdam. Accessible and full of interesting anecdotes relating events to specific places and buildings in the city. I’ll certainly take this on holiday with me for reference and will read other books by the author in due course.
Very human very readable selective history of Amsterdam from 1100 to today. Quite some food for thought - what kinds of rulers are good for a city, what kind are not. When do the interests of merchants [capitalists] coincide with those of ordinary citizens? 194
Daan Savert
Voor Amsterdammers, is dit misschien wel een must-read. Mak is een meesterverteller en Amsterdam zit vol verhalen.
Als je van Amsterdam houdt, ga je er meer van houden en als je het haat, is er een kans dat je er alsnog van gaat houden.
Mark Hartzer
I must confess... unlike Sean Hannity, I don't really have any interest in reading anything less than 4-5 star books. I'll leave the Dick & Jane stuff to him and Ted Nugent. Anyway,
Opher Donchin
Full of little details and vignettes, the author manages to give a sense for the "character" of the town that hides beneath a feeling of wandering somewhat freely through its history.
Sep 26, 2007 Kristy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My mentor in Amsterdam gave me this book in 2001, and I still haven't gotten around to finishing it. A detailed look at the history & people of my darling adopted-home, Amsterdam.
Interesting read - I've spent a fair amount of time in Amsterdam and it's amazing to see the continuity of the kind of place Amsterdam always has been to what it is today.
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Dutch historian mostly known for his documentary series 'In Europa' (In Europe) and book of the same name. Nowadays he gives lectures about the Netherlands in the USA.

Critics have disputed the historical accuracy of "In Europa"
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“Zo beschrijft hij hoe wijlen burgemeester Bicket het voordelige ambt van vendumeester -- goed voor zesduizend gulden per jaar -- toeschoof aan zijn veertienjarige zoontje Hendrick. Het burgemeesterszoontje Jan Corver Trip was zelfs al op zijn vijfde jaar postmeester op Rotterdam, Delft en Den Haag. Toen hij acht was maakte zijn vader hem postmeester van het Hamburgse Postcomptoir. Toen hij achttien was, werd hij ook nog kerkmeester van de Nieuwe Walenkerk. Toen hij op zijn negentiende overleed -- hij had een leren riem te strak en te lang om zijn lijf geklemd om zijn overtollige vet te camoufleren, waardoor 'zijne edele's partijen, long en lever aan malkander waren gegroeid' -- liet hij een vermogen na van twee ton.” 1 likes
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