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Vermeer's Hat by Timothy Brook
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Mar 03, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: history, nonfiction, 17th-century, art-history, globalization, vermeer

A most interesting perspective on 17th century globalization framed using the device of paintings by Vermeer. Brook is a Chinese historian, and the progression of the Dutch advancing economically is described from the freedom from Spain through the peak of Dutch trading. Given Brook's orientation, it is not surprising, perhaps, that the connections to China at the time are more clearly developed than the basic situation of the Dutch. The chapters on commerce in tobacco and silver were the best. Overall a very good read

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