This is the first full historical survey of the Benelux area (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) to be written in English. Paul Arblaster describes the whole sweep of the history of the Low Countries, from Roman frontier provinces, through medieval principalities, to the establishment of the three constitutional monarchies of the present day. This readable overview highlights the international importance of the social, economic, spiritual, and cultural movements that have marked the region.
Table of Contents
Preface; Maps; Introduction; From Pagans to Crusaders, 57BC to AD1100; Patterns of Power and Piety, 1100-1384; The Low Countries United and Divided, 1384-1609; From Delftware to Porcelain, 1609-1780; The Rise and Fall of the Liberal Order, 1776-1914; World Wars and World Peace, 1914-2002; Chronology; Lists of Rulers; Selected Further Reading; Index
PAUL ARBLASTER has lived in Belgium for half of his life and received much of his education in Dutch. He teaches at the Centre for European Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium.