Tulipomania

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Orion Publishing Group, May 12, 2011 - History - 328 pages
In 1630s' Holland thousands of people, from the wealthiest merchants to the lowest street traders, were caught up in a frenzy of buying and selling. The object of the speculation was not oil or gold, but the tulip, a delicate and exotic bloom that had just arrived from the east. Over three years, rare tulip bulbs changed hands for sums that would have bought a house in Amsterdam: a single bulb could sell for more than 300,000 at today's prices. Fortunes were made overnight, but then lost when, within a year, the market collapsed. Mike Dash recreates this bizarre episode in European history, separating myth from reality. He traces the hysterical boom and devastating bust, bringing to life a colourful cast of characters, and beautifully evoking Holland's Golden Age.

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I really enjoyed reading Mike Dash's "Tulipmania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower and the Extraordinary Passions it Aroused." The book follows the 1630's Dutch mania for tulip flower ... Read full review

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Tulipomania is a book concerning the economic mania associated with tulips in the Netherlands, c. 1630. The book traces the origin of tulips from the steppes to what is modern day Turkey to the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Mike Dash read history at Cambridge and received his PhD from the University of London. Having worked for the Fortean Times and The Ministry of Sound, he is now setting up his own company.

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