By Paul Arblaster

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

In the 1st complete historic survey of the Benelux region to be written in English, Paul Arblaster describes the full sweep of the background 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
? 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
? contains a new record of political events and governments considering the fact that 1918

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

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The Hungarians had been raiding deep into Germany for decades, but they had never before made an appearance in the Low Countries. With the exiled Conrad the Red as an ally and guide, they traversed Lotharingia as far as Cambrai, on the very borders of France, plundering as they went. Conrad himself lost his life in the campaign and it is not at all clear what he hoped to achieve. Otto immediately appointed his own younger brother, Bruno, as the new Duke of Lotharingia. This was a natural choice in so far as he was an able and reliable relative, but unusual because Bruno was a clergyman.

In a shorter work on great cities, the Ordo Urbium Nobilium, he lists Trier in sixth place, after Rome, Constantinople, Carthage, Antioch and Alexandria, and describes it as feeding, clothing and arming the forces of the Empire. The imperial workshops at Trier produced shields, engines of war, woollen goods and cloth embroidered in silver and gold. There were shipyards in Trier which maintained part of the Rhine fleet. Their raw materials were drawn from the vast imperial estates of the Ardennes, which also produced food crops.

Even in the towns it may have been losing ground to paganism. In the course of the sixth century the see of Arras was combined with Cambrai, that of Tournai with Noyon, and Tongeren for a time with Cologne. Although the major churches were maintained, there was not the Christian presence to support a resident bishop in the Low Countries. The original placename of Nivelles near Brussels, Niuwiala meaning ‘the new place of sacrifice’, may bear witness to the revived spread of pagan rituals. In the seventh century the retreat of Christianity was ended, and reversed, by monastic missionaries in the Irish tradition.

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