New PDF release: A History of the Low Countries (Palgrave Essential

By Paul Arblaster

ISBN-10: 0230801838

ISBN-13: 9780230801837

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Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are 3 particularly small nations whose contribution to Europe's financial, non secular and inventive historical past has been significant. Their histories can't be written in isolation from each other, or from their neighbours.

In the 1st complete ancient survey of the Benelux sector to be written in English, Paul Arblaster describes the entire 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 newest scholarship and up to date occasions, bringing the tale correct as much as today
? offers clean insurance of immigration, multiculturalism, and the resurgence of nationalism within the Low Countries
? deals a short dialogue of the increase of secularism in Western Europe and the way this has affected the Benelux region
? outlines the nations' contemporary financial successes and failures
? features a new checklist of political events and governments considering the fact that 1918

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

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Out of the tangled feuds of the Merovingian kings the victor to emerge was Pepin the Short, mayor of the palace. The Low Countries provided the basis for Pepin’s triumph, but did not become the centre of politics. Once crowned, Pepin was no keener to rule from his original powerbase than Clovis had been two centuries before. Nevertheless, his estate at Herstal (near Liège) did become one of the many royal residences and it was not unusual for his heir, Charlemagne, to spend Christmas or Easter there.

Another reference in Beowulf shows a moment of strained relations between Frisians and Danes: at the celebrations after Beowulf’s slaying of the monster Grendel, the royal bard of the Danes sings of a legendarily disastrous family visit. At the conclusion of a peace treaty the Danish king Hnaef had travelled to visit his sister Hildeburg, wife of Finn, king of the Frisians. Tempers frayed in close proximity to recent enemies, and after a fight in Finn’s hall Hildeburg ended up consigning her Frisian son and Danish brother to the same pyre.

The capital of prima was Trier, that of secunda Rheims, and the Tungrians were incorporated into the remodelled Lower Rhine province, Germania Secunda. Much of Germania Secunda was now inhabited by Franks, settled there by treaty, and the names of the former tribes were no longer in use. There was also a reorganization of civitates, with Boulogne, Tournai and Cambrai becoming the administrative centres of streamlined districts (see Map 2). The word civitas was now coming to mean the district capital rather than the district itself.

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