On this page you will find resources about the history of Belgium in 4 categories:

  1. General history
  2. Religion & Culture
  3. Economic history
  4. Political history after 1830

Title: A History of the Low Countries
By Paul Arblaster
2012-second edition-Palgrave-Macmillan
322 pages

Concise overview of the history of the Benelux, historically known as ‘the Low Countries’. The book does a good job of relating the closely entwined history of three countries, offering several annexes that further help the reader to process the information, like chronological overviews, genealogies and lists of political parties. It’s a practical handbook, as well as an interesting read. It is divided into six chapters, starting in Roman times and ending in 2011.

Category: General history
Format: paperback
Original language: English
Belgian content level (1-5): 4
Reading level (1-5): 2 (informed beginner)

Concise overview of the history of the Benelux, historically known as ‘the Low Countries’. The book does a good job of relating the closely entwined history of three countries, offering several annexes that further help the reader to process the information, like chronological overviews, genealogies and lists of political parties. It’s a practical handbook, as well as an interesting read. It is divided into six chapters, starting in Roman times and ending in 2011.

Title: Congo. The epic history of a people
By David Van Reybrouck
2015-New York-Harpercollins
656 pages

The histories of Belgium and Congo are deeply entwined, but it was never easy to unravel them. Most history books dealing with Congo looked at one episode of its history and were generally written from a Belgian perspective. An overview of the whole history of this Central African country, especially seen from a less Eurocentric angle, was altogether missing. Historian David Van Reybrouck visited Congo and looked for true African stories and viewpoints to write the story of the Congolese people.

Category: General history
Format: paperback
Original language: Dutch (English translation by Sam Garrett)
Belgian content level (1-5): 3
Reading level (1-5): 2 (informed beginner)

The histories of Belgium and Congo are deeply entwined, but it was never easy to unravel them. Most history books dealing with Congo looked at one episode of its history and were generally written from a Belgian perspective. An overview of the whole history of this Central African country, especially seen from a less Eurocentric angle, was altogether missing. Historian David Van Reybrouck visited Congo and looked for true African stories and viewpoints to write the story of the Congolese people.
Concise overview of the history of the Benelux, historically known as ‘the Low Countries’. The book does a good job of relating the closely entwined history of three countries, offering several annexes that further help the reader to process the information, like chronological overviews, genealogies and lists of political parties. It’s a practical handbook, as well as an interesting read. It is divided into six chapters, starting in Roman times and ending in 2011.

Title: Against elections. The case for democracy
By David Van Reybrouck
2016-Penguin Books
200 pages

Van Reybrouck analyses the history of democracy as if it were gravely ill. In 4 chapters he presents the symptoms, the diagnosis, the pathogenesis and the remedies, along the way scrutinizing the election process and the way oligarchy of political parties. His solution might not be everyone's cup of tea, but his analysis is thought-provoking and well worth the read.  

Category: Political history after 1830
Format: paperback
Original language: Dutch (English translation by Liz Waters)
Belgian content level (1-5): 1 
Reading level (1-5): 3 (advanced reader)

Concise overview of the history of the Benelux, historically known as ‘the Low Countries’. The book does a good job of relating the closely entwined history of three countries, offering several annexes that further help the reader to process the information, like chronological overviews, genealogies and lists of political parties. It’s a practical handbook, as well as an interesting read. It is divided into six chapters, starting in Roman times and ending in 2011.

Title: BMGN-Low Countries Historical Review
By The Royal Netherlands Historical Society

Founded in 1877. This is the leading academic journal for the history of the Netherlands and Belgium. It is an open access journal, which means the articles are freely available to the public.

Contributions in Dutch and English.

The journal can be accessed through this link: https://www.bmgn-lchr.nl/

https://www.bmgn-lchr.nl/

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