Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World

Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World

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In one painting, a Dutch military officer leans toward a laughing girl. In another, a woman at a window weighs pieces of silver. In a third, fruit spills from a porcelain bowl onto a Turkish carpet. The officer's dashing hat is made of beaver fur, which European explorers got from Native Americans in exchange for weapons. Beaver pelts, in turn, financed the voyages of sailors seeking new routes to China. There - with silver mined in Peru - Europeans would purchase,… (more)

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Publisher: Profile Books (July 09, 2010)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 288 pages

File size: 3.2 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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