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Urban Achievement in Early Modern Europe: Golden Ages in Antwerp, Amsterdam and London Hardcover – June 11, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0521594080 ISBN-10: 0521594081 Edition: 1st
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"...[an] useful and interesting book of essays that are, in their own right, uniformly knowledgeable, clearly written and eminently readable. There is a great deal here to admire and savor..." Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature

"All of the essays are...useful to general audiences, as well as to specialists in the sub-field of early modern urban history." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"...a superb overview of current work on early modern cultural history." Christopher P. Heuer, Historians of Netherlandish Art

"This is a good book where the individual chapters all manifest high quality scholarship and the overall realization is successful." American Historical Review

"This collection of essays presents some of the best current scholarship on each of the three cities during the early modern period, and is crucial reading for both specialists and for those interested in a comparative urban history in a more general sense." Sixteenth Century Journal

"...well thought-out and finely executed volume...this is an unusually rich and thought-provoking collection of essays, and will doubtless prove of interest to an exceptionally wide range of readers." Renaissance Quarterly

"This highly informative, well prepared, and coherent collection is recommended to all students of early modern business history. May it open up a new field of comparative golden-age studies." Business History Review

"[O'Brien] poses basic questions with refreshing openness, advances ideas but does not proscribe answers. His introduction is noteworthy for setting context and spinning ideas instead of merely summarizing papers...The authors of the fifteen essays are all experts who deliver important chapters." Journal of Modern History

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This innovative work in comparative urban history explores why outstanding achievements in material and intellectual culture in early modern Europe tended to cluster in certain maritime cities. Patrick O'Brien, his co-editors and eighteen distinguished historians from Belgium, the Netherlands, Britain, and North America, have collaborated to compare economic, architectural, artistic, publishing and scientific achievements in three European cities during their golden ages: Antwerp (c. 1492 1585), Amsterdam (c. 1585 1659) and London (c. 1660 1730). This study offers fascinating insights to scholars and students of economic, social and cultural history.

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