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Why the Dutch are different : a journey into the hidden heart of the Netherlands

Author: Ben Coates
Publisher: London ; Boston : Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the first book to consider the hidden history of the Netherlands from a modern perspective, author Ben Coates explores the length and breadth of his adopted homeland and discovers why one of the world's smallest countries is so fascinating and significant. It is a self-made country, the Dutch national character shaped by the ongoing battle to keep the water out, its love of dairy and beer, its attitude towards  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Travel writing
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Coates, Ben, 1982-
Why the Dutch are different.
Boston : Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2016
(DLC) 2015048977
Named Person: Ben Coates; Ben Coates
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Coates
ISBN: 9781857886337 185788633X
OCLC Number: 932003677
Notes: "First published by Nicholas Brealey Publishing [London] in 2015"--Title page verso.
Description: 294 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Water, water, everywhere : windmills, climate change and the battle against the tides --
The religious divide : carnivals, Catholics and the war against Spain --
The Golden Age : empire, slavery and the rise of Amsterdam --
Fire and ashes : the Nazi destruction of the Netherlands --
Total football : Feyenoord, Ajax and the pride of a nation --
Mosques on the Maas : immigration, Islam and murder --
Anything goes : sex, drugs and the tradition of tolerance --
Epilogue: Going Dutch.
Responsibility: Ben Coates.

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In Why the Dutch are Different, a torch beam of scrutiny plays across the country's past and its lesser known foibles. Author Ben Coates has produced an insightful gem. Scotsman - Books of the Year A Read more...

 
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