The Dutch Golden Age, “Tulip Mania” and a thriving Jewish Community

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The Dutch Golden Age was a period in the history of the Netherlands, roughly spanning the era from 1581 to 1672, in which Dutch trade, science, finance, military, education, and art were among the most acclaimed in the world. It provided capital for people to seek new forms of investments, including in tulip bulbs. This was also a period of relative religious toleration, thus Amsterdam became the home to Jews who had fled from the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal. They established the most vibrant Jewish community of that era.

Dr. Ralph Nurnberger is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights and historical background to his presentations. He regularly speaks at the Smithsonian Institute and has also appeared on radio and television programs as an analyst on political and international issues. Dr. Nurnberger’s articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, US News & World Report, Christian Science Monitor, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, The Hill and numerous scholarly journals and magazines. Dr. Nurnberger has taught at Georgetown University for 38 years.

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