Amsterdam : A History of the World's Most Liberal City, Paperback

Amsterdam : A History of the World's Most Liberal City Paperback


Amsterdam is not just any city. Despite its relative size it has stood alongside its larger cousins - Paris, London, Berlin - and has influenced the modern world to a degree that few other cities have.

Sweeping across the city's colourful thousand year history, Amsterdam will bring the place to life: its sights and smells; its politics and people.

Concentrating on two significant periods - the late 1500s to the mid 1600s and then from the Second World War to the present, Russell Shorto's masterful biography looks at Amsterdam's central preoccupations.

Just as fin-de-siecle Vienna was the birthplace of psychoanalysis, seventeenth century Amsterdam was the wellspring of liberalism, and today it is still a city that takes individual freedom very seriously.

A wonderfully evocative book that takes Amsterdam's dramatic past and present and populates it with a whole host of colourful characters, Amsterdam is the definitive book on this great city.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, Section: 16, b/w photos
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780349000022



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