9781849041461-1849041466-Belgium: Long United, Long Divided

Belgium: Long United, Long Divided

ISBN-13: 9781849041461
ISBN-10: 1849041466
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Humes, Samuel
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Hurst
Format: Paperback 256 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781849041461
ISBN-10: 1849041466
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Humes, Samuel
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Hurst
Format: Paperback 256 pages

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Acknowledged authors Humes, Samuel wrote Belgium: Long United, Long Divided comprising 256 pages back in 2014. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1849041466 and 9781849041461. Since then Belgium: Long United, Long Divided textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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This concise history describes the traditions and transitions that over two thousand years have developed in Belgium in a sense of shared identity, common government, and a centralized nation-state - and then over a few recent decades paved the way for Flemish-Walloon schism that now threatens to break up Belgium. It responds to the question: Why does a government, unified for more than 600 years, no longer seem capable of holding together a linguistically divided country

In tracing the evolution of Belgian governance, Humes describes why and how the dominance of French-speaking propertied elite eroded after having monopolized the land's governance for centuries. The extension of suffrage, combined with the rise of literacy and schooling enabled labor and Flemish movements to gather sufficient momentum to fracture the Belgian polity, splitting its parties and frustrating its politics. The presence of the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has, in a tangential way, enable the Belgian separatists to discount the merit of a national government that is no longer needed to defend the country militarily and economically.

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