A History of the Low Countries

Front Cover
Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 13, 2012 - History - 344 pages
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - charlie68 - LibraryThing

Does a good job of covering an immense amount of time in few pages. But still manages to flesh out the histories of three unique nations. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - bke - LibraryThing

dense and academic Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2012)

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.

Bibliographic information