The United States of Belgium

The Story of the First Belgian Revolution

Jane Judge (Author),

Category: History, History 1500-1800

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462701571

Publication date: October 24, 2018

€57.00 (including 6% VAT)

Buy Now

Number of pages: 310

Size: 234 x 156 x 15 mm

Number of illustrations: 59

Guaranteed Peer Reviewed Content

Stock item: 124696

Standard delivery time for print books:

For Belgium: 5 to 8 working days

For EU: 2 to 3 weeks

For other countries: 4 to 5 weeks

Category: History, History 1500-1800

Language: English

DOI: 10.11116/9789461662637

ISBN: 9789461662637

Publication date: October 24, 2018

€48.00 (including 6% VAT)

Buy Now

Number of pages: 310

Number of illustrations: 59

Guaranteed Peer Reviewed Content

SHARE

New and comprehensive insights into the seminal events that shaped Belgian identity
In 1790, between the birth of America (1776) and the creation of the French National Assembly (1789), nine provinces nestled between the French and Dutch borders declared themselves a new free and independent country: the United States of Belgium. Before then, the provinces had been part of the vast Austrian Habsburg Empire ruled by Joseph II. In 1789 revolutionaries from Brussels to Ghent to Namur recruited a grass-roots army that, to the surprise of many, successfully chased imperial forces from the majority of the territories. The exhilaration of military triumph and political independence quickly faded as revolutionary factions fought each other and the European monarchies became more nervous in the face of French radicalization. Yet, the course of events had fostered the solidification of a new identity among the provinces’ inhabitants: Belgianness. This is the story of the emergence of Belgianness in the crucible of revolution.

The United States of Belgium tells the story of the First Belgian Revolution before the creation of a language barrier between French and Dutch. It incorporates over 50 contemporary images of the revolutionary era.

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

FOREWORD by Prof. dr. Johan Verberckmoes
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
THE FIRST BELGIAN REVOLUTION Belgian History The Story in an “Age of (National) Revolution”
SETTING THE STAGE: THE CONTEXT OF THE BELGIAN PROVINCES AND JOSEPH II’S REFORMS The Habsburg Empire and the Belgian Provinces Joseph’s Motives and His Reforms
FIRST STIRRINGS OF REVOLUTION: RESISTANCE TO JOSEPH II’S REFORMS The General Seminary Codifying Resistance Provincial Unity: The Vienna Delegation and an Increase in Violence
FOR HEARTH AND HOME: FOMENTING REVOLT IN THE BELGIAN PROVINCES The Breda Committee Pro Aris et Focis
Melding the Committees
VIVE LES PATRIOTES: THE FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE Armed Conflict A “National” Triumph
“THE FORMER DUKE”: DECLARING INDEPENDENCE Declaring Independence in the Eighteenth Century Belgians Declare Independence
CREATING A STATE: STRENGTH IN UNION OR THE BEGINNING OF THE END? The Creation of the United States of Belgium Troubles From Within
REVOLUTIONARY DISSENT: DEBATING A BELGIAN NATION
“ESPERANCES FALLACIEUSES:” THE END OF THE UNITED STATES OF BELGIUM Austrian Rhetoric and Generosity European Diplomacy Belgian Reactions: Inaction, Obstinacy, and Defeat
EPILOGUE NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHY ILLUSTRATION CREDITS INDEX

Jane Judge

Jane C. Judge obtained her PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh and held a 2-year postdoctoral position at KU Leuven thanks to support from the Belgian American Educational Foundation and a KU Leuven Postdoctoral Mandate.

Judge heeft dus een zeer noodzakelijk werk geschreven om de puntjes op de i te zetten: dat het gebied “België” reeds voor 1830 politieke en economische tendensen naar unificatie vertoonde, en dat reeds onder het Oostenrijks bewind gestreden werd om de politieke ziel van ons land. Een fantastisch werk met vele nieuwe inzichten.Aktief, 2019, nr 4

The book provides a profound analysis of the rich sources surrounding the pivotal events in Belgium at a time when Europe was swept by a revolutionary spirit. [...] the clear presentation of the source material, in combination with the images and the excellent writing style, makes it an insightful read for anybody interested in these events in the history of Belgium.Bart Verheijen, BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, 135(2). DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.10829

Related titles