A History of the Low Countries (Palgrave Essential Histories by Paul Arblaster

By Paul Arblaster

Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are 3 quite small nations whose contribution to Europe's monetary, religious and creative background has been enormous. Their histories can't be written in isolation from each other, or from their neighbours.

In the 1st complete historic survey of the Benelux sector to be written in English, Paul Arblaster describes the total sweep of the historical past of the Low nations, from Roman frontier provinces via to the institution of the 3 constitutional monarchies of the current day. during this revised and up-to-date re-creation, Arblaster:

■ accommodates the most recent scholarship and up to date occasions, bringing the tale correct as much as today
■ presents clean insurance of immigration, multiculturalism, and the resurgence of nationalism within the Low Countries
■ deals a quick dialogue of the increase of secularism in Western Europe and the way this has affected the Benelux region
■ outlines the international locations' contemporary fiscal successes and failures
■ incorporates a new record of political events and governments considering that 1918

A background of the Low Countries is perfect for these looking a concise and readable advent to the heritage of a sector which, for hundreds of years, has been on the crossroads of Western Europe.

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