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Holland Mania

Stott, Annette

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ISBN 10: 0879519061 / ISBN 13: 9780879519063
Published by Overlook Hardcover, Woodstock, NY, 1998
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Fine in a NF DJ with very minor edge wear only ; Covers a fascinating period from 1880 to 1920 where American culture celebrated all things Dutch. Scholary and thorough in the approach by the author. ; 9.57 X 6.78 X 1.20 inches; 310 p. Bookseller Inventory # 34937

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Title: Holland Mania

Publisher: Overlook Hardcover, Woodstock, NY

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: NF

Edition: Stated First Edition

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Holland Mania is an extraordinary book about a curious era in which a significant portion of the American sensibility celebrated all things Dutch. This Dutch sensibility - in contrast to earlier and prevailing notions of British traditions in America - was, for a time, almost maniacally taken up. For forty years between 1880 and 1920, this remarkable period in American cultural history took place. In 1903, an editorial in Ladies' Home Journal announced to millions of American readers that Holland, not England, was the Motherland of the United States. Citing evidence of colonial Dutch influence in American politics, cultural institutions, social customs, and even language, the editorial concluded that all truly American characteristics and ideals originated in the Netherlands! It came at the height of a craze for Holland that affected Americans from nearly every geographic region of the United States.

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After reading Stott's earnest, engaging study of the Dutch influence on American art, architecture and culture between 1880 and 1920, one's doubt lingers as to whether Americans' penchant for things Dutch was a "Holland Mania," as she calls it, or just a cultural footnote. She traces the beginning of the phenomenon to Gilded Age barons who collected Dutch old masters. Propelled by the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt (who was of Dutch descent), the availability of inexpensive reproductions of the Dutch masters and the writings of revisionist historians, many Americans, she notes, embraced Holland as an alternative to the nation's British heritage, seeing it as a fountainhead of democracy, liberty, Protestantism and such institutions as free public education, religious freedom and a written Constitution. Stott, an art historian at the University of Denver, documents the Dutch craze through popular stereotypical images of windmills, dikes and honest people wearing wooden shoes. Americans enamored of Holland built colonial Dutch-style houses, wore Dutch caps, held Dutch costume parties and consumed products ranging from Dutch Masters cigars to Old Dutch Cleanser. In 1903, Edward Bok, the Dutch-born editor of the Ladies' Home Journal, proclaimed that the interest in things Dutch was not a passing fad but "something more intelligent and permanent." Not quite: as Stott shows, the Dutch pastoral could not survive the political realities of WWI. 150 pictures, 46 in color.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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