Historians would come to call it tulipomania. It was the first futures market in history, and like so many of the ones that would follow, it crashed spectacularly, plunging speculators and investors into economic ruin and despair.
This is the history of the tulip, from its origins on the barren, windswept steppes of central Asia to its place of honor in the lush imperial gardens of Constantinople, to its starring moment as the most coveted--and beautiful--commodity in Europe. Historian Mike Dash vividly narrates the story of this amazing flower and the colorful cast of characters--Turkish sultans, Yugoslav soldiers, French botanists, and Dutch tavern keepers--who were centuries apart historically and worlds apart culturally, but who all had one thing in common: tulipomania.
Publisher: Broadway Books
Age Range: NA - NA years
Grade Level: NA - NA
Paperback: 288 Pages
Product Dimension (L x W x H): 20.07 x 13.21 x 1.52 CM
Shipping Weight: 0.23 KgPeriplus Bestseller Rank:
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