Simon Schama

Simon Schama

Simon Schama is a British historian, now University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University, who came to prominence writing books about Dutch history. His first book, Patriots and Liberators (1977), won the UK’s prestigious Wolfson History Prize and his 1987 book, The Embarrassment of Richesabout Dutch culture during its golden age in the 17th centurywon him international acclaim. In 1989, the bicentennial of the French Revolution, he published Citizens, a book that showed the more grisly side of the quest for liberté, égalité and fraternité. Below, all the times Simon Schama’s books have been recommended on Five Books:

Books by Simon Schama

Interviews where books by Simon Schama were recommended

The best books on Popular Uprisings, recommended by Robert Poole

Under what conditions do popular uprisings end in massacres? What’s the best way for someone protesting against a government to get what they want? Robert Poole, Professor of History at the University of Central Lancashire and author of Peterloo: The English Uprising, recommends the best books on uprisings.

The best books on The Dutch Masters, recommended by Adam Eaker

The past may be a foreign country, but the world portrayed in the art of the Dutch Masters is not so very far from our own, says Adam Eaker of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. For a society that struggles with materialism and consumption, there are a lot of lessons to be learnt from the 17th century Golden Age.

The best books on Modern British History, recommended by Andrew Hindmoor

What will historians say about the latest period in British history? What has stayed the same, and what is vastly different from our parents’ generation? Andrew Hindmoor, professor of politics at the University of Sheffield and author of Twelve Days that Made Modern Britain, recommends books that give insights into contemporary British history.

The best books on Rembrandt, recommended by Onno Blom

Though he left more self-portraits to posterity than practically any Old Master, there remains an air of mystery around Rembrandt the man—even on the 350th anniversary of his death. Piecing together the very few personal letters and documents left behind, Onno Blom has now reconstructed Rembrandt’s formative years in Young Rembrandt. Here he guides us through five of the most authoritative—and imaginative—accounts of the artist.

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