By Irma Thoen

Since the early days of humanity, presents as assorted as valued items, hospitality, and artworks were an important technique of developing and protecting social ties. Strategic Affection? reports the alternate of presents with a view to discover the character of seventeenth-century Dutch social kin. such broadly divergent figures as schoolmasters, artisans, poets, and nobles, Irma Thoen compares seventeenth-century Dutch presents with modern present exchanges to teach that either technique and affection are worthwhile parts of any social relations—and that what adjustments such a lot isn't the process however the discourse of exchange.

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