Networks, Regions and Nations: Shaping Identities in the Low Countries, 1300-1650

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Robert Stein, Judith Pollmann
BRILL, 2010 - History - 290 pages
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Nationalism may be a modern phenomenon, but national identities are not. The medieval and early modern Low Countries are a case in point. In this myriad of political and clerical territories, identities proved dynamic. Princes and rebels, soldiers and poets, all played a part in the shaping of new imagined communities. The essays in this volume show how regional and interregional identities developed, old ones survived, and novel ones came into being. They offer a fascinating insight into the continuities and discontinuities in the formation of (national) identities in the Low Countries and its neighbouring countries and are an important contribution to the ongoing debates about national and other identities.
 

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Contents

Introduction
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Chapter One The Dynamics of National Identity in
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Chapter Two An Urban Network in the Low Countries
43
Chapter Three The Imagined Community of Friesland in
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Chapter Four The Functions of the Late Medieval Brabantine
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Chapter Five Against Burgundy The Appeal of Germany
111
Chapter Six The Habsburg Theatre State Court City and
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Chapter Seven War and Identity in the Habsburg Netherlands
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Chapter Eight War Propaganda Literature and National
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Chapter Nine The City Defeated and Defended Civism
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Chapter Ten In defence of the Common Fatherland
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Chapter Eleven No Mans Land Reinventing Netherlandish
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Chapter Twelve Lands and Fatherlands Changes in
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Index
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About the author (2010)

Robert Stein is Lecturer in Medieval history at Leiden University. His main fields of interest are State-formation and the development of national identities in the Burgundian Low Countries. Judith Pollmann is professor in history and culture of the Dutch Republic at Leiden University. She has published extensively on the religious and cultural history of the early modern Netherlands. She is currently directing the VICI-project Tales of the Revolt: Memory, Oblivion and Identity in the Low Countries, 1566-1750 .

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