Flanders: A Cultural History (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, May 16, 2007 - Travel - 256 pages
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Andre de Vries explores the varied landmarks of Flanders, both rural and urban, to reveal this region's unique character. Considering great cities such as Ghent, Antwerp, and Bruges, he traces the development of a civic culture based on both trade and ideas, in which religion and language play a vital part. Looking too at the Flemish countryside, he explains the role of festivals and folk culture, gluttony and pleasure, in the survival of a strongly local identity.
  

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Contents

War Language and Flemish Freedom
1
Religion and Folklore
31
Food Drink and Popular Culture
45
Ghent and the Gate to Hell
65
East Flanders and the Scheldt
99
Bruges Petrified Dreams
119
Ypres and the First World War
151
The Coast and West Flanders
171
Brussels Leuven and Mechelen
225
The Kempen and Limburg
243
New Landscapes and Dutch Flanders
255
French Flanders
265
Further Reading
279
Index of Literary Historical Names
289
Index of Places
294
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Antwerp City of Rubens
193

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About the author (2007)

Andre de Vries, a native of Ghent, is a writer and translator with a particular interest in Flemish. He is also the author of Brussels: A Cultural and Literary History.

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