How North and South in the Low Countries Switched Religions. Catholic and Protestant
(Willem Frijhoff ) The Low Countries - 2011, № 19, pp. 46-53
Just before the Dutch Revolt the Southern Netherlands were Protestant and the Northern Catholic. The rise of the antithesis between Catholic and Protestant is closely tied up with the self-definition of North and South as separate cultures and subsequently as separate states. Religious belief became a hallmark of national identity.
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