What concepts (culture, religion) are important for analysis, and how does the author define these concepts?

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Culture is indeed central to The Embarrassment of Riches. Like many historians, Schama grapples with just how to define "culture," which is, he writes, an "elusive quarry." He follows sociologist Emile Durkheim's definition of a "collective or common conscience" that is hard to define but is nevertheless a "distinct reality."

Schama attempts to unpack Dutch culture by using art, architecture, and material culture as well as textual evidence. By doing so, he uses an anthropological approach common to cultural historians,...

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