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

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,992 ratings  ·  236 reviews
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
Oct 25, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Huda by: Sarah ~


الولع بالزنبق .. سيرة الزهرة التي شغف بها العالم

الكتاب متوفر للتحميل عبر الرابط التالي



Sarah ~
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, favorites



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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Petra
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I loved this. Well written and seemingly well researched. The story of the tulip was laid out in good order and well explained.
I enjoyed the history of the Ottoman Empire and the tulip, how it travelled to France & The Netherlands, how the craze grew.
The economical history of the Dutch that started the tulip craze and the havoc that came from this was another very interesting aspect.
In the end, the author tells of yet other flower "bubbles" that have occurred over time and still occur toda
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Mikhail
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fine, readable account of the Dutch Tulip Mania, with plenty of details and explanatory detail. A little light on the historical analysis compared to more academic works, but eminently understandable and comprehensive, and honestly I found the lack of turgid jargon refreshing.

As for what caused the Tulipomania? Dash offers several interlocking reasons, but the most basic can be described as 'lots of booze'.
ياسمين
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: تاريخ, favorites
لتحميل كتاب الولع بالزنبق: سيرة الزهرة التي شغف بها العالم

https://archive.org/download/Ketab062...

كتاب رائع يحكي تا ريخ زهرة الزنبق أو التوليب منذ جلبها من الجبال من شرق أسيا إلى إهتمام العثمانيين فوصولها إلى أروبا وخلال سرد هذا التاريخ يتطرق الكاتب الى وقائع ومظاهر الحياة في الدولة العثمانية وكذا وعلاقتها بالزهرة التي شغلت الملوك هذه الزهرة التي حيرت الهولنديين كذلك واستنزفت اموالهم ووقتهم في تربيتها وانتاج اصناف جديدة لبيعها بأسعار كلفت البعض بيع القصور والمنازل والأراضي كما يذكر الكاتب أسماءا
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فهد الفهد
الولع بالزنبق

كتاب طريف يتناول الولع بالزنبق والذي اجتاح هولندا في القرون الوسطى، وكيف تنامى بحيث كانت أبصال الزنبق وتباع وتشترى بأثمان باهظة، قبل انتهاء الموجة وانهيار الأسعار وسقوط وخسارة كل المغامرين والراغبين في الربح السريع – يذكرنا بكارثة سوق الأسهم السعودية قبل سنوات -.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
This 'craze' bankrupted families who speculated that the price of rare and exotic tulips would continue to go up. A cautionary tale that still has much to teach us all about the modern stock market.
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.
Aran
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was FASCINATING. Very well-researched, lots of references to the bizarre-o texts of the time. Highly recommend.
ALLEN
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
What defines a bubble most? Before the mortgage crunch, before the dot-com bubble, even before the Roaring Twenties, there was the Seventeenth-Century speculation in tulip bulbs that drove their price insanely high and obsessed the Dutch like nothing else. Competently written book, prose style a bit flat at times but given the subject matter economists, personal investors and all manner of European history students will benefit from this one. Every bubble bursts, and this one's no exception.
Ron Bloom
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Informative and well written

On river cruise in Holland I decided to become more informed before I saw the tulip il fields, Mike Dash has told a good story about the history of these flowers from their beginnings deep in Asia to their migration to Turkey before entering Antwerp where a man at a warehouse on the docks picked up a stray bulb, went home with it and thinking it an onion ate it for dinner. The story of the tulip craze is one of honest lovers of this flower new to Europe and ordinary p
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Cari
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Wen
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like any financial bubble, the bust was more spectacular than the boom. This book tells the tuliponania story in the context of the history of Holland and the Ottoman Empire, and gives a bonus of a collection of other flower-related or other bubbles around the world. I have learned a great deal about one of my favorite flowers.
Rahni
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, nonfiction, dutch
Wow--I enjoyed this book about the rise of Tulipmania in the Netherlands in the 1600s far more than I could have anticipated.

When I ask about my heritage on my mother's side, she always says that it's Dutch all the way back. This mystifies me a little, because certainly the Dutch people and nation don't predate the Fertile Crescent, but I get her point. She grew up in Haarlem, and it's one of my favorite places to visit. I picked this title for all the reasons above, but I kept reading because
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Hallie
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'd heard a lot about the tulip bulb crash and was excited to find this book that talked about it. The beginning started too slow for my taste - there was too much about the history of where the tulip came from and how tulips migrated across Asia and Europe - but after that first quarter of the book it picked up and was a great read on just how crazily the bulb trade exploded. I'd expected it to be a story similar to the economic crashes we've heard of or seen in the past century, but this was e ...more
Nicole
My favorite books are the ones that make me say "Wow, who would've thought that a book about (insert random commodity or historical event or individual) would be so interesting?" This wasn't the best microhistory-type book I've ever read, but it kept me engaged and wanting to read more for the duration of the book.

2016 reading challenge: a book set in Europe
Adina
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Khuloud Muhammad
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Stephan Frank
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
Mike Dash has told the story of the first Market Crash in modern history, in which the commodity was not stocks or currencies but... tulips! Smuggled from the Ottoman Empire in the 16th Century, the tulip quickly became one of the most coveted flowers and botanists were able to produce wild varieties with unbelievable colors. It would be only in the 19th century that this erratic behaviour of tulips to suddenly display wild colors was finally discovered to be due to the mosaic virus.

In the 17th
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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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Lynne-marie
Jun 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Tony
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it
TULIPOMANIA. (1998). Mike Dash. ***.
I was looking for a book that told me more about the Tulip Wars. This is what came out of my library search. It’s not a book about the Tulip Wars, but a book about the financial adventures of the tulip bulb in the mid-1600s in Holland. The tulip went through a bubble craze that seemed like an early version of the dot.com craze, or the South Sea Bubble. Because of a variety of agronomic features, the tulip is slow to grow and favors risk taking on the part of i
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Maurya
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice quick read that I picked up before a trip to the Netherlands to visit the (you guessed it) tulip fields. While the tulip mania, and the flower itself, are central to the story, this book isn't just about the flower. Mike Dash uses the setting of the tulip mania to get into the history, life and culture of Holland, serves up some interesting anecdotes set in the gardens of the Turkish sultans and also offers some financial insight into how the speculation started and crashed. Basically the b ...more
Kara
Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: money
The original speculative boom and bust.

"All of this has happened before and will happen again."
Sarah TheAromaofBooks
Really enjoyed this book - narrative flowed well and was engaging. Dash tends to meander off on some side-notes from time to time, but since I overall found them entertaining and interesting, I didn't really mind. This was the type of excellent nonfiction that left me wanting to read more nonfiction to explore other pockets of history more thoroughly. Also, I need to plant some tulips.
Laura Caltea
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Richard
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: europe, netherlands
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
Morgana LeFay
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libri-che-amo
L’uomo non impara mai dai propri errori.
Penso che sia questo lo spirito con cui Mike Dash ha iniziato a scrivere questo interessante saggio sulla prima grossa crisi economica moderna di cui si hanno notizie, seppur non sono molte.
La febbre dei tulipani è stata qualcosa di tremendo, uno spreco di denaro e di risorse che in brevissimo tempo ha messo in ginocchio un paese come l’Olanda che era nel Seicento il più florido tra i paesi mitteleuropei.
L’autore inizia con una digressione sulla storia del
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Sanabel Atya

و ما زالت نفسي تتوق لحدائق من التوليب ♥♥

المرة الأولى التي أقرأ فيها عن تأثير "زهرة" في العالم.. عن تاريخ زهرة بأكمله.
من الصين شرقاً حتى هولندا غرباً ..
التوليب ذات الأصول الصينية، و السُمعة الهولندية / جلّ اعتقادي أنها هولندية الأصل !


توليب سمبر أغسطس



التصنيف العلمي"المختصر" للزهرة::
مملكة/النبات
مغطاة البذور
أحادية الفلقة
Liliaceae الفصيلة/ الزنبقية
Tulipa الجنس/ التولب"التوليب"
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ولا أدري لِمَ ارتأت "كلمات" أن تُعرب كلمة "التوليب" بالزنبق :(
فأنا أعرف أن مسمى الزنبق لزهرة أخرى مختلفة تماماً، وإن
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Mike Dash, the author of Tulipomania, Batavia's Graveyard, Thug, Satan's Circus and now The First Family, was born, in 1963, just outside London, and educated at Gatow School, Berlin, Wells Cathedral School, Somerset, and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read history and ran the Cambridge student magazine. From there he moved on to King's College, London, where in 1990 he completed an unusually obs ...more