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Home Life in Germany   By: (1854-1934)

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. Superscripted text is marked with ^{} for example: S^{ce} Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.

HOME LIFE IN GERMANY

BY MRS. ALFRED SIDGWICK

The Chautauqua Press CHAUTAUQUA, NEW YORK MCMXII

First Published May 1908 Second Edition June 1908 Third Edition 1912

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. INTRODUCTORY 1

II. CHILDREN 7

III. SCHOOLS 15

IV. THE EDUCATION OF THE POOR 28

V. THE BACKFISCH 36

VI. THE STUDENT 47

VII. RIEHL ON WOMEN 59

VIII. THE OLD AND THE NEW 68

IX. GIRLHOOD 78

X. MARRIAGES 92

XI. THE HOUSEHOLDER 103

XII. HOUSEWIVES 113

XIII. HOUSEWIVES ( continued ) 123

XIV. SERVANTS 138

XV. FOOD 153

XVI. SHOPS AND MARKETS 167

XVII. EXPENSES OF LIFE 177

XVIII. HOSPITALITY 196

XIX. GERMAN SUNDAYS 205

XX. SPORTS AND GAMES 217

XXI. INNS AND RESTAURANTS 225

XXII. LIFE IN LODGINGS 237

XXIII. SUMMER RESORTS 250

XXIV. PEASANT LIFE 267

XXV. HOW THE POOR LIVE 286

XXVI. BERLIN 297

XXVII. ODDS AND ENDS 307

Translations of foreign words and phrases in this book will be found in the Appendix at the back of the volume.

HOME LIFE IN GERMANY

CHAPTER I

INTRODUCTORY

I was once greatly impressed by a story of an officer in the German army, who told his English hostess that he knew the position of every blacksmith's forge in Yorkshire. I wondered at the time how many officers in the English army had learned where to find the blacksmiths' forges in Pomerania. But those are bygone days. Most of us know more about Germany now than we do about our own country.[1] We go over there singly and in batches, we see their admirable public institutions, we visit their factories, we examine their Poor Laws, we walk their hospitals, we look on at their drill and their manoeuvres, we follow each twist and turn of their politics, we watch their birth rate, we write reams about their navy, and we can explain to any one according to our bias exactly what their system of Protection does for them. We are often sufficiently ignorant to compare them with the Japanese, and about once a month we publish a weighty book concerning various aspects of their flourishing empire... Continue reading book >>




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