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The Great Tulip Trade

Author: Beth Wagner Brust
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
ISBN: 9780375825736
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In Holland in the 1600s, Anna's birthday gift of eight precious tulip bulbs is traded into livestock, furniture, and a valuable painting. Simultaneous.

Great Tulip Trade

Author: Beth Wagner Brust
Publisher: Turtleback Books
ISBN: 9780606332293
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In Holland in the 1600s, a birthday gift of eight precious tulip bulbs is traded into livestock, furniture, and a valuable painting.


Author: Deborah Moggach
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3458749365
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Sinnlich und farbenprächtig erzählt dieser Roman von der betörenden Wirkung von Schönheit und den fatalen Konsequenzen unkontrollierter Begierde – vor der Kulisse des ersten modernen Börsencrashs während des Goldenen Zeitalters. Amsterdam, 1636. Die Stadt ist im Tulpenfieber: Aus dem Fernen Osten stammt die neue Blumenart, deren kostbare Zwiebeln bald mehr wert sind als Diamanten. Die Spekulanten an der Amsterdamer Börse, ob Bürger, Kaufmann oder einfacher Knecht, sind bereit, alles zu riskieren. Allen voran für die Schönste von ihnen: die Semper Augustus. In dieser fiebrigen Atmosphäre verliebt sich Sophia, die junge, wunderschöne Ehefrau eines wohlhabenden Kaufmanns, in den mittellosen Maler Jan. Eigentlich ist der von Sophias Ehemann nur als Porträtmaler bestellt, doch schon nach ihrer ersten Begegnung ist es um Jan und Sophia geschehen. Immer tiefer verstricken sie sich in eine unheilvolle Affäre, für die es nur einen einzigen Ausweg geben kann: Amsterdam gemeinsam zu verlassen. Doch dafür brauchen sie Geld. Zusammen mit Sophias Magd Marie schmieden sie einen waghalsigen Plan und setzen alles auf eine Karte. Sie rechnen jedoch nicht mit dem Undenkbaren: dass der Tulpenmarkt eines Tages zusammenbricht und sie alle in ein heilloses Chaos stürzen könnten ...


Author: Anne Goldgar
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226301303
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In the 1630s the Netherlands was gripped by tulipmania: a speculative fever unprecedented in scale and, as popular history would have it, folly. We all know the outline of the story—how otherwise sensible merchants, nobles, and artisans spent all they had (and much that they didn’t) on tulip bulbs. We have heard how these bulbs changed hands hundreds of times in a single day, and how some bulbs, sold and resold for thousands of guilders, never even existed. Tulipmania is seen as an example of the gullibility of crowds and the dangers of financial speculation. But it wasn’t like that. As Anne Goldgar reveals in Tulipmania, not one of these stories is true. Making use of extensive archival research, she lays waste to the legends, revealing that while the 1630s did see a speculative bubble in tulip prices, neither the height of the bubble nor its bursting were anywhere near as dramatic as we tend to think. By clearing away the accumulated myths, Goldgar is able to show us instead the far more interesting reality: the ways in which tulipmania reflected deep anxieties about the transformation of Dutch society in the Golden Age. “Goldgar tells us at the start of her excellent debunking book: ‘Most of what we have heard of [tulipmania] is not true.’. . . She tells a new story.”—Simon Kuper, Financial Times

The Great American Housing Bubble

Author: Robert M. Hardaway
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 031338228X
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This meticulously documented work sets forth the major causes of the greatest asset bubble in world economic history—the American housing bubble, which began in 1940 and collapsed in 2007. * Extracts from major legislation—federal, state, and local—that promoted the creation of the housing bubble * An introductory essay illuminating the broad features of Western capitalism and the financial and government institutions that have evolved to promote and regulate it, notably in the United States * A detailed chronology orienting readers to the sequence and context of events * A glossary of important financial and regulatory terms and terms used by those in the housing industry * An appendix of governmental agencies and private institutions and think tanks involved in various aspects of the financial crisis * A bibliography listing hundreds of sources, from articles and periodicals to books and treatises

Bubbles Booms And Busts

Author: Donald RAPP
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1493910922
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This book deals at some length with the question: Since there are many more poor than rich, why don’t the poor just tax the rich heavily and reduce the inequality? In the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, the topic of inequality was discussed widely. Ending or reducing inequality was a prime motivating factor in the emergence of communism and socialism. The book discusses why later in the 20th century, inequality has faded out as an issue. Extensive tables and graphs of data are presented showing the extent of inequality in America, as well as globally. It is shown that a combination of low taxes on capital gains contributed to a series of real estate and stock bubbles that provided great wealth to the top tiers, while real income for average workers stagnated. Improved commercial efficiency due to computers, electronics, the Internet and fast transport allowed production and distribution with fewer workers, just as the advent of electrification, mechanization, production lines, vehicles and trains in the 1920s and 1930s produced the same stagnating effect.

Leonardo To The Internet

Author: Thomas J. Misa
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421404788
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"Misa brings his acclaimed text up to date by examining how today's unsustainable energy systems, insecure information networks, and vulnerable global shipping have helped foster geopolitical risks and instability. A masterful analysis of how technology and culture have influenced each other over five centuries, Leonardo to the Internet frames a history that illuminates modern-day problems and prospects faced by our technology-dependent world