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Amsterdam : A History of the World's Most Liberal City (Reprint) (Paperback) (Russell Shorto)
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In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the evolution of one of the world's greatest cities. From the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through the brutal struggle for Dutch independence and its golden age as the capital of a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are under siege, Shorto provides an ever-surprising, intellectually entertaining story of Amsterdam. He also weaves in his own experiences of his adopted home. In the end,Amsterdam is an endlessly captivating portrait of a city that has profoundly influenced the modern world.