The ‘Pirenne Phenomenon'
(Walter Simons) The Low Countries - 2012, № 20, pp. 281-282
It is hard to imagine an academic historian today receiving the kind of public acclaim that befell the Belgian Henri Pirenne (1862-1935). He provided the Belgian nation with a common past in which trade and manufacturing brought people together, regardless of ideological or linguistic differences. In this he really was a man of the nineteenth century.
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