Spinoza

This attached screenshoot was my favorite part of the presentation assigned. The historical background provided by Joppe Schaaper was extremely informative, in depth, and well researched. I felt I was given a complete overview of all the essential aspects of historical architecture in Amsterdam. I was particularly interested in his review of immigration and tolerance, and his references to Baruch Spinoza. I have been long fascinated by Spinoza, as he is historically considered the “first modern jew. “Baruch Spinoza can certainly be considered a founding father of  Jewish modernity and is thought of today as a fore­run­ner of mod­ern Jew­ish phi­los­o­phy. He played an integral role in the intellectual history of the Western world.  Yet, he is also notorious heretic in Jewish history, yet Spinoza’s heresy was actually revolutionary. His ideas were influential and  far-reaching. Seeing the history of Jewish culture intersect with the history of Amsterdam as a structural city. The role of immigration of peoples from across the globe shaped the city culturally, inspiring the architecture, urban planning, and intricate hydraulic systems.

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  1. I was interested to hear Schaaper discuss industrialization. His exploration into the array of industries that were industrialized such as diamond, wood, sugar, gas factories, and shipyards helped paint a vivid picture of the cultural and societal progress occurring at the time. His reference to the specific neo renascent style was interesting as well. According to the video, there was a boom in new architecture due to the growth of the city and new big buildings with public functions. The style was very neo, which we can see in the Central Station architecture. The first video gave me an in-depth analysis of the historical circumstances which led to these architectural developments, while this video displayed the developments themselves.

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