Amsterdam in the 17th Century

From Tulip Mania to the New World

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As the wealthiest city in Europe in the 17th century, Amsterdam transformed itself into a thriving center for great artists, scientists, writers, and scholars, as well as a hub of banking and finance. Once the city rid itself of Spanish rule and set up a society based on capitalism and world trade, it also became a metropolis that was philosophically enlightened and religiously tolerant. It encouraged art, philosophy, science, new universities, publishing, and the beginnings of international law.

On September 18, Ralph Nurnberger, a professor of international relations at Georgetown University, explores the many facets of this 17th-century hub from its heady rise to the collapse of the tulip futures—capitalism's first “bubble.”

Buffoon with a Lute

Buffoon with a Lute, ca. 1626, by Frans Hals (Louvre)

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