Bart Decroos wrote a short story inspired by a 1708 drawing by Dirk Valkenburg, entitled ‘View of a Mill and Cook-house on a Plantation in Surinam’.
Our selection of recent university press publications in English on the Low Countries.
History of the Netherlands
Babeth Fonchie wrote a poem inspired by old wooden stocks and matching iron shackles.
On our journey exploring the history of the Low Countries, we can't forget the 'Father of Europe': Charlemagne or Charles the Great.
Our Colonial Legacy
The architect of the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Central Station made an active contribution to the emancipation of the Catholic church in the Netherlands.
The Ghent-born American inventor of Bakelite brought science and industry closer together.
Migration, the Other Way Around
A common misperception is that once Roman influence ended, the European continent went into a dark abyss with very little happening until the Italian Renaissance in the 14th century.
A new biography gives the seventeenth-century Dutch astronomer and inventor the credit he deserves.
The Bible on which Joe Biden swore his oath has a four-hundred-year history that reaches back to a biblical translation that originated in the Low Countries.
The first organised slave revolt on the American continent to a colonial governor took place in Berbice, now part of Guyana.
Throughout history, the Low Countries would often be defined by their interactions with great powers nearby. This began with the Romans.
The cultural centre of the Netherlands in the Indonesian capital Jakarta reflects a dynamic relationship between the two countries.
For three centuries, the barge between Bruges and Ghent was a popular and luxurious means of transport.
Join us on our journey throughout the history of the Netherlands. We start in so-called "pre-history".
Our best history stories of 2020, handpicked by the editor.
Those who know where to look can read the history of the planet and the human race in trees and landscapes. Two researchers from the Low Countries, Salomon Kroonenberg and Valerie Trouet, tell the story of the earth, our past and perhaps also our future.
Every evening since 1928, a group of buglers has sounded the Last Post in Ypres to honour the soldiers who died in WWI in Flanders Fields.
In the First World War, a Belgian armoured battalion was sent abroad against the Germans and Austrians. It engaged in a worldwide adventure.
Zero Point 1945
Exactly 500 years ago, Charles V was crowned Holy Roman Emperor, much to his French rival Francis I’s chagrin.