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Dutch Life in Town and Country by P. M. Hough offers a captivating glimpse into the rich cultural heritage and intricate details of Dutch life. This beautifully crafted book serves as an excellent resource for both casual readers and those with a deeper interest in Dutch history.

Hough presents a comprehensive exploration of various aspects of Dutch life, providing an insightful analysis of the unique dynamics that shaped the country's towns and countryside. Through meticulous research and vivid descriptions, the author succeeds in painting a vivid portrait of the Netherlands.

One of the book's strengths lies in its ability to seamlessly transition between urban and rural settings, allowing readers to understand the contrasting lifestyles and the historical forces that shaped them. The author excels in highlighting the distinct characteristics of Dutch towns, from their architectural marvels to the vibrant marketplaces that served as social hubs.

Equally impressive is Hough's comprehensive exploration of Dutch countryside life, which plays a pivotal role in shaping the nation's identity. Through his engaging prose, he neatly weaves together various threads such as agriculture, fishing, and typical Dutch windmills. This multifaceted approach effectively brings the reader closer to understanding the integral role countryside living played in the development of Dutch society.

As a reader, one cannot help but be enchanted by Hough's passion and scholarship. Every chapter delves into a different aspect of Dutch life and is filled with a wealth of historical anecdotes, which add color and depth to the narrative. The author skillfully engages the reader, providing a delightful reading experience that is both educational and entertaining.

Moreover, Dutch Life in Town and Country does an excellent job of emphasizing the importance of culture, art, and architecture in Dutch society. The book highlights iconic Dutch painters, such as Vermeer and Rembrandt, connecting their masterpieces with the cultural milieu in which they were created. This aspect further enriches the narrative, giving readers a broader understanding of the country's artistic heritage.

While Hough's comprehensive exploration of Dutch life is commendable, at times the book may feel slightly overwhelming. Some readers might find the depth of information provided slightly challenging to digest in one sitting. However, breaking down the book into smaller sections would allow for a more manageable reading experience and enhance comprehension.

In conclusion, Dutch Life in Town and Country by P. M. Hough is an outstanding exploration of Dutch culture, making it a valuable addition to any reader's collection. The author's meticulous research, engaging prose, and passion for the subject matter ensure an immersive reading experience. This book not only educates but also captivates, taking readers on a delightful journey through the intricacies of Dutch life.

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[Illustration: The Delft Gate at Rotterdam.]

Dutch Life in Town and Country

By

P. M. Hough, B.A.

With Thirty Two Illustrations

Contents

I. National Characteristics II. Court and Society III. The Professional Classes IV. The Position of Women V. The Workman of the Towns VI. The Canals and Their Population VII. A Dutch Village VIII. The Peasant at Home IX. Rural Customs X. Kermis and St. Nicholas XI. National Amusements XII. Music and the Theatre XIII. Schools and School Life XIV. The Universities XV. Art and Letters XVI. The Dutch as Readers XVII. Political Life and Thought XVIII. The Administration of Justice XIX. Religious Life and Thought XX. The Army and Navy XXI. Holland Over Sea

Index

List of Illustrations

The Delft Gate at Rotterdam Types of Zeeland Women Zeeland Peasant The Dark Type A Zeeland Woman The Dark Type Dutch Fisher Girls A Bridal Pair Driving Home A Dutch Street Scene A Sea Going Canal A Village in Dyke Land A Canal in Dordrecht An Overyssel Farmhouse An Overyssel Farmhouse Approach to an Overyssel Farm Zeeland Costume Zeeland Costumes An Itinerant Linen Weaver Farmhouse Interior, Showing the Linen Press Type of an Overyssel Farmhouse A Farmhouse Interior, Showing the Door into the Stable Farmhouse Interior, the Open Fire on the Floor Palm Paschen Begging for Eggs Rommel Pot A Hindeloopen Lady in National Costume Rural Costume Cap with Ruche of Fur An Overyssel Peasant Woman Zeeland Children in State Kermis 'Hossen Hossen Hi Ha!' St... Continue reading book >>




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