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By Paul Arblaster

Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are 3 quite small nations whose contribution to Europe's fiscal, non secular and creative background has been massive. Their histories can't be written in isolation from each other, or from their neighbours.

In the 1st complete ancient survey of the Benelux region to be written in English, Paul Arblaster describes the complete sweep of the background of the Low nations, 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 most recent 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
? bargains a quick dialogue of the increase of secularism in Western Europe and the way this has affected the Benelux region
? outlines the nations' fresh 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 creation to the heritage of a sector which, for hundreds of years, has been on the crossroads of Western Europe.

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The period of Celtic culture labelled ‘La Tène’ corresponds with the ‘Proto-Frisian’ and ‘Frisian’ periods to the north, the distinction resting on a number of factors but mainly the different styles of earthenware produced locally. In 13 BC Augustus launched the Roman invasion of Germania. The first stage was an amphibian operation against the Frisians, who almost immediately allied themselves with the invading Romans. Their lands were to become a military gateway: troops and supplies could be transported by water through Frisia to the mouth of the Weser, and thence upstream into the heart of Germania.

Without the presence of a garrison to account for them, the material remains of the place include pots and amphorae from southern Gaul, Italy and Spain. At Echternach a palatial villa was constructed in the last decades of the first century. Lying away from the main roads, fortifications and centres of trade or administration, it seems to indicate a Treveran nobleman adopting the lifestyle of a wealthy Roman in a grand manor. In the troubles of the later empire, a little private hill-fort was built less than a mile away.

Tongeren also had an active bishop at this time, Donatius, who preached in the valley of the Meuse and reportedly overcame a dragon that was infesting a pool near Huy – presumably indicating his success against a pagan cult. 27 A HISTORY OF THE LOW COUNTRIES Despite such local recoveries, Christianity in the Low Countries made little headway in rural communities. 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.

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