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Belgium and the Monarchy

from national independence to national disintegration 

Auteur: Herman van Goethem

Engels - Paperback

295 pagina's  |  Academic & Scientific publishers  |  april 2011

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Belgium is currently facing its most serious political crisis since the nation achieved its independence in 1831. The land is threatening to disintegrate under the strain of a long-standing nationalities problem. On the one hand there is Flanders, which wishes to see the further division of the country. On the other hand there is Wallonia, which wants to preserve the status quo. In between them stands the Brussels capital city region, whose position is far from clear. This book examines the fault lines which have led to the current situation. In particular, the democratisation of voting rights in 1893 and the growing regionalisation of the economy after 1970 are crucial factors. Both helped to strengthen the regional identities of Flanders and Wallonia, against the background of an institutional model that seems to have reached its limits. This is the first book in English on the history of the actual disintegration of Belgium. It analyses how Belgium and its kings managed to control in a non-violent way the complex nationalist antagonisms between Flemings and Walloons. Herman Van Goethem (1958) teaches Contemporary History at the University of Antwerp. He is a member of the Belgian Commission Royale dHistoire (Royal Commission of History), and of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van BelgiŽ voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten). He is also curator of the Museum of the Shoah in Mechelen (to be opened in 2012).

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Auteur(s)Herman van Goethem
Soort boek Paperback, 295 pagina's
Uitgever Academic & Scientific publishers , Verschijningsjaar: 2011
ISBN-13 9789054876984
ISBN-10 9054876980
Taal Engels

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