This guide offers you an overview of the rich history of Amsterdam. Get acquainted with the Dutch capital throughout the ages and learn how Amsterdam developed from a swampy settlement into a trade center of global proportions. The glory days of the Golden Age will be discussed, as well as some black pages from Amsterdam s history, such as slavery, the persecution of Jews during World War II and the Bijlmer disaster. Maarten Hell is a journalist and historian. His work includes several books on the history of Amsterdam.