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dc.contributor.authorFrancois, Pieter
dc.identifier.citationFrancois , P 2008 , ' Belgium - country of liberals, Protestants, and the free : British views on Belgium in the mid-nineteenth century ' , Historical Research , vol. 81 , no. 214 , pp. 663-678 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 8570345
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: acda1af6-6d58-4342-a2b4-5035c37fb529
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 61449331753
dc.description.abstractThis article analyses the different British views of, and attitudes towards, Belgium during the period 1830–70. The rise and fall of the myth of Belgium as ‘a little Britain on the Continent’ is central in this analysis. This myth originated during the first years after the Belgian Revolution of 1830 and represented a major U-turn in British sympathies. It was built around Belgium's supposed gratitude towards Britain, its liberalism, constitutionalism and the close ties between the royal families of both countries. Furthermore, the British believed that British and Belgian national identity were very similar and that the nature of Belgian national identity was inherently Protestant. However, during the eighteen-fifties and sixties, disagreement on free trade, on France and on the continuing strength of Belgian Catholicism, led to Belgium becoming seen as just ‘another’ continental countryen
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dc.titleBelgium - country of liberals, Protestants, and the free : British views on Belgium in the mid-nineteenth centuryen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Humanities
dc.contributor.institutionSocial Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Institute
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dc.relation.schoolSchool of Humanities
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