Plain Lives in a Golden Age: Popular Culture, Religion and Society in Seventeenth-Century Holland
Author: Arie Theodorus van Deursen
st comprehensive study yet published of the plain lives of a 'golden age'.f plague from the first outbreak of the Black Death in 1348 to the mid-fifteenth century. Through an innovative study of this evidence, Professor Carmichael develops two related strands of analysis. First, she discusses the extent to which true plague epidemics may have occurred, by considering what other infectious diseases contributed significantly to outbreaks of 'pestilence'. She finds that there were many differences between the fourteenth- and fifteenth-century epidemics. She then sh
Van Deursen, a professor of history at the Free University of Amsterdam, shows us how the common people of the Netherlands lived between 1572 and 1648, a period that includes Holland's Golden Age. He explores what these folk did to earn a living, how they spent their leisure time, their relationships to their government, to their God and to their churches. Van Deursen discusses the prevailing concepts of political liberty and exposes a certain mythic aspect of the much-vaunted Dutch religious freedom. He reveals persecution of Catholics and the fact that choice of the ``wrong'' denomination could affect both one's social standing and career advancement. The author also successfully undertakes the difficult task of reconstructing the role of women in the society. The exhaustive footnotes and often minute statistical detail render this a book better suited to the student than to the recreational reader. Still, meticulously researched and well written, unpacking the making of the Dutch character and psyche, the book is a worthy companion piece to Simon Schama's The Embarrassment of Riches . Illustrations not seen by PW. (Sept.)
Travel Perspectives: A Guide to Becoming a Travel Professional
Author: Susan Ric
Travel Perspectives: A Guide to Becoming a Travel Professional builds a complete foundation for a career in the travel industry. Offering instruction on the most important aspects of the travel industry, this book provides the entry-level agent with enough information to build a solid career foundation. Covered topics include Internet use in the travel industry, career planning, job descriptions, advancement potential, sales and customer services. With this "how to" guide to the travel industry, entry-level agents can be productive from the first day of employment.
In their third edition Todd and Rice have placed emphasis on the Internet which now plays a pervasive role in the industry. Internet activities, sites and links are provided for every topic to maximize the student's exposure and ensure their proficiency. Aside from the basic topics<-->US air travel, travel products and services, cruises, and international air travel<-->detailed chapters are provided on career options, terminology, product features, reference materials, sales and customer service. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)