The Rise of Amsterdam: From Tulip Mania to Global Capitalism

TLDR Amsterdam's history is shaped by speculative bubbles, religious conflicts, and its unique civic culture. Despite its geographical challenges, the city emerges as a center of global trade and finance, playing a significant role in the development of capitalism and the establishment of the Amsterdam stock market.

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00:00 Amsterdam, despite its unsuitable geography and being below sea level, has played a significant role in shaping global history, particularly in the emergence of capitalism.
04:20 Amsterdam emerged as a city due to the necessity of building collective enterprises like dams and dikes to combat the danger of flooding, and its early wealth came from the fishing industry, particularly pickled herring.
08:09 Amsterdam became a center of Catholic pilgrimage due to a miracle that occurred in 1345, where the Holy Sacrament survived being vomited up and burned multiple times, leading to the construction of a church and attracting thousands of pilgrims each year.
12:18 Amsterdam's feudal obligations are unclear due to its location and history of being won from the sea, and the city fathers are independent and resistant to stamping out the Reformation due to its status as a port and a melting pot of cultures.
16:15 Amsterdam negotiates with Calvinists during a wave of iconoclasm, but the Spanish Duke of Albert makes Amsterdam his base and the city undergoes a bloodless transfer of power from Catholics to Protestants, leading to the transformation of the Catholic city into a stronghold of Protestantism.
20:44 The beguines in Amsterdam were able to continue practicing Catholicism in secret by converting their houses into chapels, which exemplifies the city's unique approach to what is legal and what isn't.
24:46 Amsterdam's civic culture values privacy, inwardness, and the domestic, while also becoming the capital of globalization in the 17th century through the development of capitalism and the establishment of the United East India Company.
29:05 The Dutch in Amsterdam had a strong addiction to gambling, which was seen as a subconscious rebellion against the Calvinist belief in predestination, and this gambling addiction played a role in the founding of the VOC and the Dutch takeover of Portugal's global trading network.
33:15 Amsterdam becomes the center of a growing global network, influencing European taste for tea and coffee, and turbo charging the financial industry with the birth of share dealing and the creation of the Amsterdam stock market.
37:36 The Dutch develop speculative bubbles, including the famous tulip mania, which leads to a crash and the need for financial regulation.
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