Contents: Anton Schuurman, Pieter Spierenburg, Introduction: Between Public and Private I. The Family: Hans de Waardt, Feud and Atonement in Holland and Zeeland: From Private Vengeance to Reconciliation under State Supervision; Manon van der Heijden, Secular and Ecclesiastical Marriage Control: Rotterdam, 1550-1700; Rudolf Dekker, Children On Their Own. Changing Relations in the Family: the Experiences of Dutch Autobiographers, Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries; Maarten Duijvendak, Elite Families Between Private and Public Life: Some Trends and Theses II. The Household and Consumption: Kitty de Leeuw, Fashion, Clothing and Personality: Implacable Enemies or Inseparable Partners? Origin and Development of the 'Personality Cult' in Clothing in the Netherlands: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries; Thera Wijsenbeek-Olthuis, Noblesse Oblige. Material Culture of the Nobility in Holland; Hester C. Dibbits, Between Society and Family Values: the Linen Cupboard in Early Modern Households; Marjan Groot, Reflections on Everyday Taste. Furniture Shops, Department Stores and the Furnishing of the Home, 1895-1940 III. European Perspectives: Bernd Roeck, Neighbourhoods and the Public in German Cities of the Early Modern Period: A Magician and the Neighourhood Network; Ute Frevert, The Middle Classes as Public and Private: Culture, Gender and Modernization in the Nineteenth Century; Joan Perkin, Women, Marriage and Class in Nineteenth-Century England; Martine Segalen, The House Between Private and Public: A Socio-Historical Overview.