The subject of this study is the origin and later development of a sandy region in the eastern part of the province of Groningen. Cut off from its surroundings by inaccessible peat moors, this region preserved its original character for centuries.The book falls into three parts. The first chapters deal with the geological, political and demographic history of Westerwold. The means of subsistence are discussed at some length, the main being agriculture. Muntinga stated that the construction of canals, roads and tramways in the first decade of the 20th century ended the isolation of the district. Certainly one of the most striking changes in the farming conditions in Westerwold was the improved drainage, allowed by the construction of the canals. Land reclamation, potato-flour mills and dairy factories gave more employment than ever before. Agricultural education raised the farmer's income. Both arable and pastoral lands were much more intensively farmed. There was a clear switch to arable farming. The better conditions of living resulted in a considerable growth of the population.The last part of the book is devoted to speculations on the future.