By Paul Arblaster
Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are 3 rather small nations whose contribution to Europe's fiscal, non secular and creative history has been vast. 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 entire sweep of the heritage 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 new version, Arblaster:
? accommodates the most recent scholarship and up to date occasions, bringing the tale correct as much as today
? offers clean assurance of immigration, multiculturalism, and the resurgence of nationalism within the Low Countries
? bargains a short dialogue of the increase of secularism in Western Europe and the way this has affected the Benelux region
? outlines the nations' fresh monetary successes and failures
? contains a new record of political events and governments seeing that 1918
A historical past of the Low Countries is perfect for these looking a concise and readable advent to the historical past of a sector which, for hundreds of years, has been on the crossroads of Western Europe.
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