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By Paul Arblaster

Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are 3 really small international locations whose contribution to Europe's monetary, religious and inventive history has been monstrous. Their histories can't be written in isolation from each other, or from their neighbours.

In the 1st complete old survey of the Benelux sector to be written in English, Paul Arblaster describes the entire sweep of the heritage 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:

? contains the newest 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 checklist of political events and governments due to the fact that 1918

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

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37 A HISTORY OF THE LOW COUNTRIES The Arrows of the Hungarians The last Frankish king of Germany, Conrad I, was succeeded by Henry, Duke of Saxony, in 918. Henry was presented with the regalia and elected king by the ‘whole people’ of the Franks and Saxons of the East Frankish Kingdom. The ancient Germanic institution of elective monarchy, mentioned by Tacitus, henceforth replaced descent from Charlemagne as the source of legitimacy. At Henry’s death his son Otto was elected to succeed him. After an uprising in Lotharingia Otto appointed Conrad the Red, an outsider, as duke, with a brief to combat West Frankish political influence and see that imperial decrees were followed in the duchy.

Another friend, Paulinus of Trier, was one of the few western bishops who suffered exile rather than support Constantius II’s attempt to have Athanasius declared a heretic. His alleged heresy was insisting 23 A HISTORY OF THE LOW COUNTRIES that God the Son was, in the words of the Nicean Creed, ‘begotten not made, of one being with the Father’. Christianity in the city had a very high profile, which is likely to have encouraged rapid acceptance of it in the immediate area. The emperor’s mother Helena is said to have given her house for the building of the cathedral, which was indeed built over part of the imperial palace.

Around AD 80 the militarized zone on the Rhine frontier was converted into the provinces of Upper and Lower Germany (Germania superior and Germania inferior), the border between the two being near Bonn. In what is now the Netherlands, the civitates of Lower Germany were those of the Frisiavones, the Cananefates, and the Batavians. The chief town of the Batavians was Noviomagus (Nijmegen). The Dutch Revolt of the late sixteenth century coincided with a vogue for Tacitus among the humanists who dominated intellectual life.

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