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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A History of the Low Countries

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230293090
Publication Date July 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Essential Histories series

Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are three relatively small countries whose contribution to Europe's economic, spiritual and artistic heritage has been immense. Their histories cannot be written in isolation from one another, or from their neighbours.

In the first full historical survey of the Benelux area to be written in English, Paul Arblaster describes the whole sweep of the history of the Low Countries, from Roman frontier provinces through to the establishment of the three constitutional monarchies of the present day. In this revised and updated new edition, Arblaster:

? incorporates the latest scholarship and recent events, bringing the story right up to today
? provides fresh coverage of immigration, multiculturalism, and the resurgence of nationalism in the Low Countries
? offers a brief discussion of the rise of secularism in Western Europe and how this has affected the Benelux region
? outlines the countries' recent economic successes and failures
? includes a new list of political parties and governments since 1918

A History of the Low Countries is ideal for those seeking a concise and readable introduction to the history of a region which, for centuries, has been at the crossroads of Western Europe.

PAUL ARBLASTER teaches at Zuyd University, Maastricht, The Netherlands. He previously taught at the Centre for European Studies at the University of Leuven, and at Facultes Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
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, 1914-2011
Chronology of Major Events
List of Dynasties and Rulers
List of Political Parties and Governments since 1918
Selected Further Reading


Praise for the first edition:
'An excellent book. It is fluently written and covers not only political, social and economic developments but touches on the most important cultural aspects as well.' - Ulrich Tiedau, University College London, UK
'Arblaster's writing is fluent and enjoyable ... For the available space and the ambitious scale, Arblaster has pulled off a hat-trick. My sole regret is that, given the sharpness of his observatory powers, he did not write more . . . This will be a valuable addition to reading lists for students and worthy of recommendation to those general readers who wish to learn more about the rich heritage of the Low Countries and its impact on modern Benelux' -Peter Illing, Christ's College, Cambridge University
Praise for the second edition:
'Arblaster does excellent work in weaving together a single history of a number of modern states, namely the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Despite their complex relationship, historically they have been one region politically, economically, and religiously. This history is careful to include pertinent facts and covers a variety of groups and individuals who have responded to challenges of diversity, change, and identity.' - John Roney, Sacred Heart University, USA.
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