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By Anne Goldgar

In the 1630s the Netherlands used to be gripped by way of tulipmania: a speculative fever exceptional in scale and, as well known heritage could have it, folly. we know the description of the story—how another way good retailers, nobles, and artisans spent all they'd (and a lot that they didn’t) on tulip bulbs. we've heard how those bulbs replaced arms enormous quantities of instances overnight, and the way a few bulbs, bought and resold for hundreds of thousands of guilders, by no means even existed. Tulipmania is visible for instance of the gullibility of crowds and the hazards of economic speculation.


But it wasn’t like that. As Anne Goldgar finds in Tulipmania, now not the sort of tales is right. utilising large archival learn, she lays waste to the legends, revealing that whereas the 1630s did see a speculative bubble in tulip costs, neither the peak of the bubble nor its bursting have been anyplace close to as dramatic as we have a tendency to imagine. via clearing away the collected myths, Goldgar is ready to exhibit us in its place the way more attention-grabbing fact: the ways that tulipmania mirrored deep anxieties in regards to the transformation of Dutch society within the Golden Age.


“Goldgar tells us firstly of her very good debunking ebook: ‘Most of what we've got heard of [tulipmania] isn't true.’. . . She tells a brand new story.”—Simon Kuper, Financial Times

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