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Palgrave Essential Histories. This is the first full. Paul Arblaster describes the whole sweep of the history of the Low Countries, from Roman frontier provinces, through medieval principalities, to the establishment of the three constitutional monarchies of the present day. This readable overview This is the first full historical survey of the Benelux area (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) to be written in English. A History of the Low Countries. By (author) Paul Arblaster. It is fluently written and covers not only political, social and economic developments but touches on the most important cultural aspects as well. Ulrich Tiedau, University College London, UK 'Arblaster's writing is fluent and enjoyable. My sole regret is that, given the sharpness of his observatory powers, he did not write more.

Palgrave Essential Histories Series New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. A Vision of the Golden Delta. This book is described as the first historical survey written in English of the Benelux countries, a claim which rings true. This "blindspot" (p. ix) indicates, as the author states, an unjustified neglect of the Low Countries in Anglophone literature.

PAUL ARBLASTER teaches at Zuyd University, Maastricht, The Netherlands

item 1 A History of the Low Countries (Palgrave Essential Histories Series), Arblaster, -A History of the Low Countries (Palgrave Essential Histories Series), Arblaster, £1. 0. PAUL ARBLASTER teaches at Zuyd University, Maastricht, The Netherlands. He previously taught at the Centre for European Studies at the University of Leuven, and at Facultes Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium. Country of Publication.

Series Title: Palgrave Essential Histories. Publisher: Red Globe Press. Author: Paul Arblaster. Despite their complex relationship, historically they have been one region politically, economically, and religiously. This history is careful to include pertinent facts and covers a variety of groups and individuals who have responded to challenges of diversity, change, and identity. John Roney, Sacred Heart University.

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Автор: Arblaster Paul Название: History of the Low Countries .

Arblaster describes the full sweep of the history of the Low Countries, from Roman frontier provinces to the present day.

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This introductory overview of the Low Countries' history traces their development since Roman times, providing equal weighting to the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Paul Arblaster looks at political, cultural and social history, including the rise of the merchant classes, the Renaissance and Golden Age, and the two world wars of the twentieth-century.

This is the first full historical survey of the Benelux area (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) to be written in English. Paul Arblaster describes the whole sweep of the history of the Low Countries, from Roman frontier provinces, through medieval principalities, to the establishment of the three constitutional monarchies of the present day. This readable overview highlights the international importance of the social, economic , spiritual, and cultural movements that have marked the region.

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"A History of the Low Countries" by Paul Arblaster professes to be "the first full historical survey of the Benelux area to be written in English", ranging from 57 BC to the Belgian constitutional crisis of 2010-2011. Standing almost alone as an English historical survey of this area from ancient times to the present, it offers a decent general and brief survey of the region's history, but not much in the way of depth and serious historical analysis.

Already at the outset Arblaster admits that "in composing such a general work I have had to fight my professional urge to provide detailed footnotes at every point." (p. xiii) In his opinion, in writing such a comprehensive historical narrative, "the author need provide only an outline of what might be interesting, and leave the rest to the reader's curiosity", referring his readers, inter alia, to Wikipedia and YouTube for supplementing their knowledge.

The narrative is comprised mostly of brief surveys of events, coupled with thematic sections that often amount to little more than agglomerations of facts and anecdotes related to a certain theme (e.g., the rise of religious and political movements, social and cultural trends, etc.), without any significant analytical or ideational thread connecting them.

The historical narrative itself, while often fluent and clear, is at times incomplete and dissatisfying. For example, the description of the Batavian Revolt of AD 69-70 by the author is based mainly on Tacitus's Histories, and thus he concludes the account of the revolt led by Julius Civilis by stating that "the rest of Tacitus's Histories is missing and nothing is known of what happened to Civilis", adding a few other general details that render the account incomplete. Beyond the descriptive and anecdotal nature of the narrative discussed above, some important issues are given a very short and superficial treatment. Very tellingly, Ch. 5 lacks any discussion of the Low Countries' position in the continental deterioration to WWI. The interwar period and its upheavals are given a very short and superficial discussion in Ch. 6, being treated mostly by means of a descriptive list of developments in popular culture and various radical political parties. The outbreak of WWII and the events in the Low Countries until their final occupation are described in no more than one vague paragraph, and the author moves directly to discuss the situation in the Low Countries under the German occupation. The superficiality of later sections is made worse by the continued treatment of the Low Countries as one unit, even though at that stage they became three separate independent countries, with clearly distinctive national histories. Finally, the book lacks any concluding segment. Somewhat disappointingly, the narrative ends in the midst of the Belgian constitutional crisis of 2010-11, which was not over at the time of writing, rendering it – once again – incomplete.

All in all, this book is recommended for those looking for a brief and general introductory survey of the history of the Low Countries, without expecting too much beyond it. Those willing to read a somewhat longer book, should check out "History of the Low Countries" edited by J.C.H Blom and E. Lamberts, which was published earlier than Arblaster's second edition, and which I have not read myself.
This is a very dry read. It is told in such a way as to make a person NOT want to know anymore about the Low Countries. Surely the residents of the Low Countries deserve better.
Well written account of
Holland and it's neighbors.
My interest in stamp collecting led me to want to know more about Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Benelux nations. There didn't seem to be many choices and I wound up with this book. After struggling through about 80-100 pages or so, I finally gave up. The book is chock full of facts. The only trouble is that they are spit out at you one after another more or less chronologically with little or no interpretation. It just seemed to be one long litany of one person with an unpronouncable name killing off someone equally forgettable. I suppose to someone already familiar with the subject this stuff might be gripping. As a novice to the subject, I found it boring in the extreme.

I have to admire the author's scholorship. He's brought together a very complete history from the earliest times, with an amazing amount of detail of events prior to about 1300 AD where I stopped reading and presumably he continues in the same vein up to the present day. I just wish he'd tried more to put things in perspective, to complement *what* happened *when* with a bit more of *why* it happened and how it relates to the present.

The book has several maps at the beginning. They are too small (for my eyes anyway) and would have been much more meaningful to me if they had also shown the present-day borders of the countries (again, showing how the history relates to the present!) Ideally, it would be nice if it were done with clear overlays and in color but perhaps that is asking too much of a book these days.

Another simple improvement would have been a pronounciation guide or, better, give the pronounciation of each name the first time it is used. It would also be helpful if the author had included some genealogy charts so one could see how the players were connected. I admit, I got lost fast in this sea of battling strangers.

Having given up on the history of the low countries, this morning I began reading "The Czechs and the Lands of the Bohemian Crown" by Hugh Agnew. (Also prompted by my stamp collecting interest.) Unlike the lowlands, I found myself reading this book with pleasure and zipping right along. If nothing else, it shows I'm not negative about all history books, just this one.

I don't necessarily mean to put anyone off from "A History of the Low Countires", just be aware that it is a scholarly work and not something the average person will read for pleasure.
This book was obviously written by a non-native speaker of English. While the author's use of language is not technically incorrect, his syntax is consistently non-idiomatic and I found it extremely difficult to read. Lots of passive constructions and relative clauses. I abandoned it early on.
A fantastic, comprehensive history written in a readable style.
A disappointing book. Social and economic factors are given short shrift. The bubonic plague gets one sentence.The first 100 pages are devoted largely to the wars and marriages of petty nobility.
Despite surveying nearly 2000 years, Arblaster does not do "equal coverage". He is able to focus on most critical times and offered a nuanced view despite the brevity. There is little lost to brevity because Arblaster does not let brevity dilute significance.
A History of the Low Countries (Palgrave Essential Histories) download epub
Author: Paul Arblaster
ISBN: 1403948275
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan-3PL (December 1, 2005)
Pages: 316 pages