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Publisher Description

A Vermeer painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting room, talking to a laughing girl. In another canvas, fruit spills from a blue-and-white porcelain bowl. Familiar images that captivate us with their beauty--but as Timothy Brook shows us, these intimate pictures actually give us a remarkable view of an expanding world. The officer's dashing hat is made of beaver fur from North America, and it was beaver pelts from America that financed the voyages of explorers seeking routes to China-prized for the porcelains so often shown in Dutch paintings of this time, including Vermeer's.

In this dazzling history, Timothy Brook uses Vermeer's works, and other contemporary images from Europe, Asia, and the Americas to trace the rapidly growing web of global trade, and the explosive, transforming, and sometimes destructive changes it wrought in the age when globalization really began.

GENRE
History
NARRATOR
MH
Malcolm Hillgartner
LENGTH
08:23
hr min
RELEASED
2013
February 13
PUBLISHER
Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
PRESENTED BY
Audible.com
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
372
MB

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