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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Dutch, 4th Ed.

Rodney Bolt

Publisher: Oval, 2001 , 63 pages

ISBN: 1-902825-25-X

Keywords: Culture


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Xenophobia – an irrational fear of foreigners, probably justified, always understandable.

Xenophobe's® Guides – an irreverent look at the beliefs and foibles of nations, almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.

'The spirit of tolerance does constant battle with the ghost of Calvin for control of the Dutch psyche. Few Dutch people go to the church any more, but they don't need to. Inside every Hollander's head is a little pulpit containing a preacher with a vermanende vinger, a wagging finger.'

Xenophobe's® Motto –

Forewarned is forearmed.

Table of Contents:

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  • Nationalism and Identity
  • Character
  • Attitudes and Values
  • Behaviour
  • Manners
  • Leisure and Pleasure
  • Humour
  • Culture
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Systems
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Government and Bureaucracy
  • Business
  • Obsessions
  • Language and Ideas


The Xenophobe's Guide to the Dutch

by Roland Buresund last modified 2007-12-11 21:50

Rating: *** (Disappointing)

After having visited the Netherlands a number of times and conducted numerous meetings there, I can't say that this book gives me any insight into the Dutch psyche whatsoever.

Lots of generic views, that may be startling to a Brit (of whom the author is one), but nothinh revealing.

Skip it, it's not worth the money.

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