The Low Countries 1780-1940 - E. H. (Ernst Heinrich) KossmannOxford: Clarendon Press, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name & date to the first blank.
2nd printing, first published 1978. Includes: Maps (5); Appendices (2);
From the cover: “This book is the first major study in English of the Low Countries which treats them as nations in their own right, while also placing them in a wider European and World context. The author makes use of the great quantity of material produced by Belgian and Dutch historians to construct a national history which is both descriptive and analytical.
Although Belgium and the Netherlands are closely related in their history and geography, a systematically comparative approach is used to explain their different reactions to what often appeared to be similar circumstances. The author also lays stress on the ideological divisions within both countries. He analyses the connections between political and social ideas on the one hand, and the realities of politics and society on the other; and he shows how the fundamental conflicts, which threatened the cohesion of both countries, were organized and controlled.”