The Embarrassment of Riches
The Embarrassment of Riches: an interpretation of Dutch culture in the Golden Age is a book by historian Simon Schama published in 1987.
Cover of the first edition
|Cover artist||Jan Steen|
|Subject||Dutch Golden Age|
|Publisher||Alfred A. Knopf|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
Schama cites global source materials to offer a systematic overview of the Dutch Golden Age culture. Period sources include emblem books, histories and novels, cookbooks, scientific discoveries, bankruptcy files, religious works, art, education and descriptions of cultural rituals.
Susan Buck-Morss criticizes Schama for his "selective national history" of the Dutch Republic, "that omits much or all of the colonizing story." "One would have no idea that Dutch hegemony in the slave trade—replacing Spain and Portugal as major players—contributed substantially to the enormous overload of wealth that he describes as becoming so socially and morally problematic during the century of Dutch centrality to the "commerce of the world."