Flanders: A Cultural History
Andr? 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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War Language and Flemish Freedom
Religion and Folklore
Food Drink and Popular Culture
Ghent and the Gate to Hell
East Flanders and the Scheldt
Bruges Petrified Dreams
Ypres and the First World War
The Coast and West Flanders
Antwerp City of Rubens
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