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Discovering the Dutch

On Culture and Society of the Netherlands

Discovering the Dutch by Emmeline Besamusca
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How did the Netherlands become a byword for welfarestate and the "poldermodel"? What explains the fabulouspolitical and cultural success of the Dutch Golden Age?What is the place of the Queen in a modern parliamentarydemocracy? Renowned Dutch scholars elucidate thecomplicated question of the Dutch national identity byaddressing the essential themes in the country's culture,history and society. They also tackle a number ofcontemporary issues that dominate the image of theNetherlands in many foreign eyes, such as immigration,diversity and tolerance and their limits, and the struggleagainst water. This volume is especially valuable becauseall chapters are written by experts in their fi elds who have extensive experience in explaining the many features of "Dutchness" to a foreign audience. Each chapter comes to life in vignettes that illustrate characteristic historical figuresor essential aspects of Dutch culture and society fromWilliam of Orange and Anne Frank to Dutch cheese and theinevitable coffeeshop. Accessibly written and charminglyillustrated, this book is both a well-balanced textbook forcourses in Dutch culture and a perfect gift for all short- andlong-term visitors to the Netherlands.
Amsterdam University Press; January 2010
305 pages; ISBN 9789048508273
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Title: Discovering the Dutch
Author: Emmeline Besamusca; Jaap Verheul