By Paul Arblaster
Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are 3 rather small international locations whose contribution to Europe's monetary, religious and creative historical past has been colossal. Their histories can't be written in isolation from each other, or from their neighbours.
In the 1st complete old survey of the Benelux zone to be written in English, Paul Arblaster describes the complete sweep of the historical past of the Low international locations, 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 newest scholarship and up to date occasions, bringing the tale correct as much as today
? presents 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 fiscal successes and failures
? encompasses a new checklist of political events and governments on account that 1918
A historical past of the Low Countries is perfect for these looking a concise and readable creation to the background of a zone which, for hundreds of years, has been on the crossroads of Western Europe.
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Galba himself, and his designated heir, were murdered. The press-gangs which Vitellius sent into Batavia to recruit for the civil war displayed an unusual degree of avarice and licentiousness. According to Tacitus, they rounded up the aged and infirm for ransom, and dragged off the best-looking adolescents 16 FROM PAGANS TO CRUSADERS , 57 BC TO A D 1100 to quench their lust. The one-eyed Julius Civilis was a Batavian prince and a veteran auxiliary commander. The provincial use of the name Julius probably indicates an imperial grant of Roman citizenship.
By the middle of the fifth century the Franks were the dominant group in the Roman Low Countries. After Valentinian III’s death their war-leader, Childeric, obtained imperial recognition as head of the provincial government. He established his capital in the Nervian civitas Tournai. The Franks may not have fully understood the principles of Roman government, but they whole-heartedly desired its continuation. Childeric died in 481 and was given a Frankish royal funeral at Tournai, in a tomb discovered in 1653.
They left no written records of their own and are mentioned only in foreign sources. The bias of the Frankish perspective 29 A HISTORY OF THE LOW COUNTRIES which provides most of the written record is indicated by consistent reference to the rulers of the Frisians as ‘counts’ or ‘dukes’, where the scantier English sources speak of ‘kings’. In the late seventh and early eighth centuries Utrecht was the main residence of the Frisian kings. Concentrations of finds of gold and luxury craftsmanship dating from the fifth to the seventh century seem to indicate that the earlier royal centre was in the very north of the Netherlands, in what is now the vicinity of Franeker.
A History of the Low Countries (Palgrave Essential Histories) by Paul Arblaster