[Book Review] Logbook of the Low Countries
Logbook of the Low Countries
208 pp, paperback, 24,5 euros (English)
Logbook of the Low Countries provides a concise chronicle of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, setting their major roles against events in world history, together with famous quotations and highlights from art and science.
This Logbook is meant for members of the corps diplomatique, expatriates, students from international schools and tourists, giving them easy access to the fascinating history of the country in which they temporarily reside.
The struggle for political and religious freedom from Spanish domination in the 16th century led to the creation of the first modern democratic republic in the northern Netherlands which, in turn became a model for other countries.
In the 17th century the Dutch Republic, comprising the Seven Provinces and their colonies, became the world’s chief maritime trading power, only overtaken by Great Britain in the 18th century.
More recently the Low Countries were at the forefront of European cooperation, first in the formation of the Benelux and later in the creation of the European Union, its capital Brussels, and the euro.
The Mayor of The Hague, Mr. Jozias van Aartsen, presents the first copy to Mr. Paul Arkwright, British Ambassador in The Hague.
About the author
Wout van der Toorn, a Dutch economist with a keen interest in history, has compiled this helpful historical guide. With its 2.500 references, it gives a chronological summary of important events in the history of the Low Countries and major events in the wider world.