An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World

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National Geographic Books, 2011 - History - 303 pages
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With engaging and artfully presented text, including sidebars on media mavens throughout history, social gaffes, and archaic manners, this book is as entertaining as it is informative. Readers delve into cultural similarities and differences through lively passages, colorful photography, and sidebars on unique history. Topics include Courtesies and Greetings, Communication and Correspondence, Dining and Entertaining, Hierarchies and Protocol, Hospitality and Occasions, Amusements and Institutions, Boundaries and Cultural Differences, New Technology and Old Manners. Whether you are planning a trip abroad or just want a fascinating, browsable read, find out what is universal and what is merely a product of one's culture.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Judith Martin aka Miss Manners 6 Introduction
8
cHAPTER Two 46
46
cHaPTER THREE
80
cHAPTER Four
114
cHAPTER FIVE
148
cHAPTER six
182
cHapTER seven
216
cHAPTER El GHT
250
Say Please and Thank You in Many Languages
286
In Their Own Words 290 Illustrations Credits 296 Index
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About the author (2011)

Bethanne Patrick is a writer and book critic who blogs as The Book Maven. A graduate of Smith College with a master's from the University of Virginia, she hosts an online author interview show for PBS affiliate WETA. Her features, profiles, and reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, The Writer, and People.

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