Holland Flowering: How the Dutch Flower Industry Conquered the World

Holland Flowering: How the Dutch Flower Industry Conquered the World

by Andrew Gebhardt

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Holland Flowering: How the Dutch Flower Industry Conquered the World by Andrew Gebhardt

Growing tulip bulbs on the moon, and a tulip shaped island in the North Sea. Frederick Ruysch's wunderkammer and contemporary bloemencorsos. A Dutch-Chinese billionaire, aka the Orchid King, recreates a 'Dutch' town in northeast China complete with a replica of Amsterdam's central station and the International Court of Justice. A retired grower recalls a life in flowers, from the Second World War to the European Union. Dutch development policies in Ethiopia today and its former civilizing mission in Java. Auctions, cooperatives, networking, commodity culture, Dutch masculinity, and globalization. These are some of the imaginaries, themes, curious details, and perspectives you will encounter in this book. All of them pivot around Dutch flower culture today and in the Dutch Golden Age, and directly or indirectly link to Aalsmeer's flower auction, the world's largest, located not far from Amsterdam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789089646170
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Publication date: 02/15/2015
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Andrew Gebhardt completed his PhD at the University of Amsterdam. He also holds an MA in journalism and a MFA in creative writing. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the New York Times Foundation and the Fulbright Commission. He has published poetry, essays, and translations.

Table of Contents

Holland Flowering 9
Early Dutch Horticulture 45
The Rise of Aalsmeer’s Horticultural Grower’s Cooperatives 87
The Dutch Flower Auction: Traders 125
Horticultural Aesthetics 165
Planet of Flowers 209
Afterword 255
Notes 261

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