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

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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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780609807651
Author:
Dash, Mike
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Flowers - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Netherlands
Subject:
Western Europe - Benelux
Subject:
Tulip mania, 17th century
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-Benelux and Switzerland
Subject:
World History-European History General
Subject:
Europe - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
11326
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.06x5.24x.66 in. .55 lbs.

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