Joppe Schaaper Reflection AM

The picture above depicts the Dutch trade colonies all over the world, the prime spots being the West Indies, Western Africa and South Asia, and the two trading companies being the Dutch East India Company at the beginning of the 17th Century, and the Dutch West India Company a little later on in 1621. Joppe also mentioned that the city closely resembled an onion due to its layers, which the waterways really exemplify, and I found this a very interesting comparison. The waterways were such an integral part of global trade, and the bodies of water are such a critical component of connecting the city as a whole. This goes along with the Delta Urbanisms reading as there it talked about how crucial of a role waterworks played in the Delta landscape. These canals and waterways are at the basis of Dutch history and have greatly shaped the Dutch identity. Joppe elaborated more on the history of Amsterdam and the great religious divide, which has largely influenced Dutch culture and society as it is today. I was intrigued hearing about the clash between the Protestants and the Catholics. Though I remember studying this battle previously in high school, I find it fascinating how I can now directly see the effects of this in Amsterdam and Dutch culture as I’m starting to study it more in depth through this course. One question I have for Joppe is: What do you feel is the most significant way that Dutch culture and society today has been affected by the religious clash in its history?

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  1. Through these next set of videos I learned that the architecture in Amsterdam expanded in line with how the city as a whole was growing. In the 19th century, the city grew a lot due to immigration and as the cities industrialized, larger buildings were being built for public functions maintaining more traditional designs, but still being elegant and luxurious. Theaters, concert halls, hotels, etc were becoming more widespread across the city which obviously contributed to economic growth. Architecture was often very dominant, as exhibited by the grand Amsterdam School. I also learned that Amsterdam was the epicenter of the diamond industry in the world at this time which I was not aware of prior to watching this video. It was intriguing hearing about the diversity of the city and I wonder how the various cultures and backgrounds of the people living in Amsterdam have contributed to Dutch architecture. I also enjoyed learning about how as Amsterdam continued to grow and develop across many different fields, Dutch architecture evolved likewise. Another question that I have for Joppe is how the rising tourism in Amsterdam has affected/contributed to recent developments in Dutch architecture.

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