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Schama, Simon

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Most widely held works by Simon Schama
Citizens : a Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama( Book )

71 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 4,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Considers the fullest resources of social, cultural, and political history and includes accounts of private and public lives to help see the reality of the revolution
The embarrassment of riches : an interpretation of Dutch culture in the Golden Age by Simon Schama( Book )

73 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 2,705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text explores the enigma of 17th-century Holland, a nation that attained an unprecedented level of affluence, yet lived in constant dread of being corrupted by prosperity
Rough crossings : Britain, the slaves, and the American Revolution by Simon Schama( Book )

49 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 2,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In response to a declaration by the last royal governor of Virginia that any rebel-owned slave who escaped and served the King would be emancipated, tens of thousands of slaves--Americans who clung to the sentimental notion of British freedom--escaped from farms, plantations and cities to try to reach the British camp. This mass movement lasted as long as the war did, and a military strategy originally designed to break the plantations of the American South had unleashed one of the great exoduses in American history. Schama details the odyssey of the escaped blacks through the fires of war and the terror of potential recapture at the war's end, into inhospitable Nova Scotia, where thousands who had served the Crown were betrayed and, in a little-known hegira of the slave epic, sent across the broad, stormy ocean to Sierra Leone.--From publisher description.̓
Landscape and memory by Simon Schama( Book )

64 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 2,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opening a radically new and original path into history, Simon Schama explores the scenery of our Western culture, both real landscapes and landscapes of the mind that have given us our sense of homeland, the dark woods of our imagined origins. What unfolds is a series of compelling journeys through space and time: from the ancient woodland of Poland, a symbol over the centuries of national endurance, through the forest birthplace of the German psyche, to the Big Trees of Yosemite that gave a new nation its holy past. Through all of history, from pre-classical antiquity to the Third Reich and beyond, Schama uncovers the myths and memories that have stamped themselves on our most basic social instincts and institutions: territorial identity, the wild and domestic, mortality and immortality
Rembrandt's eyes by Simon Schama( Book )

34 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 2,293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rembrandt's Eyes, about which Simon Schama has been thinking for more than twenty years, shows that the true biography of Rembrandt is to be discovered in his pictures. Through a succession of descriptions and interpretations of Rembrandt's paintings threaded into this narrative, he allows us to see Rembrandt's life clearly and to think about it afresh." "Rembrandt's Eyes shows us why Rembrandt is such a thrilling painter, so revolutionary in his art, so penetrating of the hearts of those who have looked for three hundred years at his pictures. Above all, Schama's understanding of Rembrandt's mind and the dynamic of his life allows him to re-create Rembrandt's life on the page."--Jacket
The story of the Jews by Simon Schama( Book )

29 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 2,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details the story of the Jewish experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492 to the modern day. A tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews
A history of Britain by Simon Schama( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 1,934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Simon Schama brings Britain's past to life with a wealth of stories and vivid detail. Schama's perspective moves from the early tribes and invasions of the British isles to the Norman Conquest; through the religious wars and turbulence of the Middle Ages to the sovereignties of Henry II, Richard I and King John; through the outbreak of the Black Death, which destroyed nearly half of Europe's population; through the reign of Edward I and the growth of national identity in Scotland and Wales; to the turbulent religious and dynastic conflicts of the Tudor Age, culminating in the glorious reign of Elizabeth I."--Jacket
The story of the Jews( Visual )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 1,881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day through a cast of historical characters, vivid storytelling, location photography, and more
The American future : a history by Simon Schama( Book )

34 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers historical perspective on the 2008 presidential election and its importance for reclaiming America's original ideal. Cultural hostilities more irreconcilable than any since the Civil War have divided America in two. In November 2008, the American people elected a new president, feeling more anxious about the future of the nation than at any time since Watergate. Our omnipotent military, the cornucopia of material comforts available, the security of our borders, and the global economy can no longer be taken for granted. The author takes a long look at the multiple crises besetting the United States and asks how these problems look in the mirror of time. In four debates--on wars, religion, race and immigration, and the relationship between natural resources and prosperity--the author looks back to find lost insights into the future.--adapted from publisher description
Dead certainties : unwarranted speculations by Simon Schama( Book )

37 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An experiment in historical narration: two true "tales"--Each involving a violent death, each linked to a great, tragic Boston dynasty, that of General James Wolfe, killed at the battle of Quebec in 1759 and the second, the death of George Parkman, eccentric Boston luminary. Both tales are linked by the fate of the dynasty of the Parkmans of Boston and by Schama's sense of the irrecoverable distance between events and their narration, of the death of certainty--Jacket
A History of Britain : The Complete Collection by Simon Schama( Visual )

36 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simon Schama's 15-episode (over 3 series) history of Great Britain from 3100 B.C. through the 20th century
Simon Schama's Power of art by Simon Schama( Visual )

29 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on eight iconic works of art, this series reveals the history of visual imagination through the ages. A combination of reconstruction, photography and storytelling transport the viewer back to the intense moments when great works were conceived and born: the murderous, messianic world of Baroque Rome; opulent, parvenu Amsterdam; paranoid, revolutionary Paris; Victorian England suffocating beneath riches and righteousness; the madhouses and brothels of Provence; the carnage of civil war Spain; 1950s New York, caught between Cold War jitters and Manhattan glitter. In each place, a great artist is backed into a corner, facing a crisis, given a chance to confound his rivals, enemies and critics one more time
The power of art by Simon Schama( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Power of Art propels us on an eye-opening, breathtaking odyssey, zooming in on eight extraordinary masterpieces, from Caravaggio's David and Goliath to Picasso's Guernica. Jolting us far from the comfort zone of the hushed art gallery, Schama closes in on intense make-or-break turning points in the lives of eight great artists who, under extreme stress, created something unprecedented, altering the course of art forever."--Jacket
Patriots and liberators : revolution in the Netherlands, 1780-1813 by Simon Schama( Book )

36 editions published between 1977 and 2005 in English and French and held by 1,112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A tour de force, the first work of a young English scholar that is already attracting the highest acclaim..., Patriots and Liberators captures the disintegration of a great European power--the Dutch Republic--into military impotence, economic ruin and near terminal eclipse as a nation state. Drawing on a mass of previously untouched archival material from several countries, Simon Schama gives us a brilliant portrait of an extraordinary nation at the point of no return. The moment is the ominous pause before the political cataclysm that will engulf the Old World in 1789. ... For more than a hundred years, the Dutch have been admired and envied as the miracle of a continent: affluent, urbane and tolerant, the masters of a global maritime empire, providers of Europe's ships, grain, cloth and spices, bankers to its monarchs, pioneers in science and printing, they have placed their stamp upon Western civilisation. But now their splendour is decaying, their Golden Century at an end. As grandeur sinks towards catastrophe (an incapable ruler, chaos in government, famine and poverty spreading across the land, an army and fleet pathetically inadequate to safeguard the Republic's independence), we see a people in extremis: they must either resign themselves to the total erosion of their power or else embark--deliberately--upon their own revolution. They choose the second course (three years before revolution erupts in France), but the brave attempt at regeneration--their enterprise: to create a democracy of citizens in arms--ends in disaster. Schama's book graphically documents the succession of calamities--civil war, invasion, occupation, economic strangulation and political sabotage--that befalls the Dutch from this moment on in their desperate efforts to avert obliteration as an independent state. Attacked by greedy enemies on all sides (first Prussia, then Britain, then Napoleonic France exporting "Liberty" and revolutionary imperialism on the points of bayonets), the country is tom apart. Livelihoods are ruined, crops destroyed; the fishermen of the deltas are driven to destitution by hostile privateers; beggars and academics in Leiden are caught up in a gunpowder explosion that rips their city apart; all across the land, people are subjected to financial extortion as agents and spies, generals and ambassadors, conspire to wreck the government and exploit every weakness to satisfy the limitless demands of the French war machine. Even Louis Bonaparte, installed by his brother as puppet king of the Dutch, joins his "subjects" in their concerted resistance; ultimately, he will contemplate breaking the dykes that protect his people from the seas and flooding the country rather than surrender. Patriots and Liberators is the anatomy of a satellite state in a time of total war. How the Dutch miraculously survived is the drama of this monumental, driving book, whose revelations mark a major contribution to our understanding of the shaping of modern Europe."--Dust jacket
The story of the Jews by Simon Schama( Book )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second of a three volume cultural history that details the journey of the Jewish people from 1492 through the end of the nineteenth century, incorporating the stories of many who seldom figure in Jewish histories. Through Schama's passionate and intelligent telling, a story emerges of the Jewish people that feels as if it is the story of everyone, of humanity packed with detail. -- Adapted from book jacket
A history of Britain : at the edge of the world? : 3000 BC-AD 1603 by Simon Schama( Book )

67 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first volume in this history of Britain tells the story of Britain from the time of the earliest settlements discovered in the Orkneys to the death of Queen Elizabeth the first
The face of Britain : a history of the nation through its portraits by Simon Schama( Book )

11 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simon Schama's latest book fuses history and art to create a tour de force of narrative sweep and illuminating insight. Using images from works--paintings, photographs, lithographs, etchings, sketches--found in London's National Portrait Gallery, The Face of Britain weaves together an account of their composition, framed by their particular moment of creation, and in the process unveils a collective portrait of a nation and its history. "Portraits." Schama writes, "have always been made with an eye to posterity." Commissioned to paint Winston Churchill in 1954, Graham Sutherland struggled with how to capture the "savior" of Great Britain honestly and humanely. Schama calls the portrait, initially damned, the "most powerful image of a Great Briton ever executed." Annie Leibovitz's photograph of a nude John Lennon kissing Yoko Ono, taken five hours before his murder, bears "a weight of poignancy she could not possibly have anticipated." Hans Holbein's preparatory sketch for a portrait of Henry VIII depicts "an unstoppable engine of dynastic generation." Here are expressions from across the centuries of normalcy and heroism, beauty and disfigurement, aristocracy and deprivation, the familiar and the obscure--the faces of courtesans, warriors, workers, activists, playwrights, the high and mighty as well as pub-crawlers. Linking them is Schama's vibrant exploration of how their connective power emerges from the dynamic between subject and artist, work and viewer, time and place. Schama's compelling analysis and impassioned evocation of these works create an unforgettable verbal mosaic that at once reveals and transforms the images he places before us.--Adapted from dust jacket
Two Rothschilds and the land of Israel by Simon Schama( Book )

19 editions published between 1978 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of Britain by Simon Schama( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second installment of Schama's epic three-part history of Britain is a complete chronicle of the eventful years from 1603 to 1776. 150 color photos. 10 color maps
A history of Britain by Simon Schama( Book )

50 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story opens on the eve of a bloody revolution, but not a British one. The French Revolution never quite crossed the Channel, though its spirit of fiery defiance and Romantic idealism did, sparking off a round of radical revolts and reforms that gathered momentum over the coming century - from the Irish Rebellion to the Chartist Petition. The great question of the Victorian century was how the world's first industrial society could come through its growing pains without falling apart in social and political conflict. Would the machine age destroy or strengthen the institutions that held Britain together, from the family to the farm? And if the British Empire helped to make Britain stable and rich, did it live up to its promise to help the ruled as well as the rulers? On the way to answering these questions, The Fate of Empire makes stops at both celebrations, like the Great Exhibition, and catastrophes, like the Irish potato famine and the Indian Mutiny. Amidst the military and economic shocks and traumas of the 20[superscript th] century, and through the voices of Churchill, Orwell and H.G. Wells, it asks the question that is still with us - is the immense weight of our history a blessing or a curse, a gift or a millstone around the neck of our future?"--Jacket
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Citizens : a Chronicle of the French Revolution
The embarrassment of riches : an interpretation of Dutch culture in the Golden AgeRough crossings : Britain, the slaves, and the American RevolutionLandscape and memoryRembrandt's eyesA history of BritainThe American future : a historyDead certainties : unwarranted speculationsSimon Schama's Power of art
Alternative Names
Šʾamah, Šimʿon 1945-

Schama, S. 1945-

Schama, Simon

Schama, Simon 1945-

Schama, Simon Michael

Shamah, Saymon 1945-

Shamah, Seimon 1945-

Simon Schama

Simon Schama brita historiisto

Simon Schama Brits kunsthistoricus

Simon Schama englischer Kunsthistoriker, Professor für Kunstgeschichte an der Columbia University

Simon Schama historiador britànic

Simon Schama historiador británico

Simon Schama historien britannique

Simon Schama saggista e storico dell'arte britannico

Саймън Шама

סיימון שאמה היסטוריון בריטי

שאמה, סיימון 1945-

שאמה, שמעון

שמה, שמעון

שמה, שמעון, 1945-

سیمون شاما

샤마, 사이먼 1945-

샤마, 시몬 1945-


シャーマ, サイモン


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