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

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Crown Publishing Group, Feb 10, 2010 - History - 288 pages
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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 horticulturists, noblemen, and tavern owners alike. For almost a year rare bulbs changed hands for incredible and ever-increasing sums, until single flowers were being sold for more than the cost of a house.

Historians would come to call it tulipomania. It was the first futures market in history, and like so many of the ones that would follow, it crashed spectacularly, plunging speculators and investors into economic ruin and despair.

This is the history of the tulip, from its origins on the barren, windswept steppes of central Asia to its place of honor in the lush imperial gardens of Constantinople, to its starring moment as the most coveted--and beautiful--commodity in Europe. Historian Mike Dash vividly narrates the story of this amazing flower and the colorful cast of characters--Turkish sultans, Yugoslav soldiers, French botanists, and Dutch tavern keepers--who were centuries apart historically and worlds apart culturally, but who all had one thing in common: tulipomania.


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But pictures of tulips would have been helpful. - Goodreads
For a modern day reference think Beanie Babies. - Goodreads
Not a page turner, but a solid read. - Goodreads
This book, oddly, has a map but no pictures of tulips. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Bea - Goodreads

I liked the other book I read by Mike Dash, but this book was rather boring. It was well researched, but somehow it felt poorly edited and repetitive. Maybe I just don't care much about the tulip ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Hana - Goodreads

Of course I've read the short and classic account of the speculative bubble in tulips in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, but since I'm a gardener, a lover of the art of the ... Read full review

Contents

An Adornment to the Cleavage
64
Goddess of Whores
175
Notes
221
Bibliography
253
Acknowledgments
261
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Mike Dash is a Cambridge-educated writer and magazine publisher who appears regularly on British television and radio. A professional historian before he became a writer, he has written articles for The Guardian, The Daily Mail, and The Fortean Times. This is his third book.


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