Throughout history, the Low Countries would often be defined by their interactions with great powers nearby. This began with the Romans.
The cultural centre of the Netherlands in the Indonesian capital Jakarta reflects a dynamic relationship between the two countries.
History of the Netherlands
For three centuries, the barge between Bruges and Ghent was a popular and luxurious means of transport.
Join us on our journey throughout the history of the Netherlands. We start in so-called "pre-history".
Our Colonial Legacy
Our best history stories of 2020, handpicked by the editor.
Those who know where to look can read the history of the planet and the human race in trees and landscapes. Two researchers from the Low Countries, Salomon Kroonenberg and Valerie Trouet, tell the story of the earth, our past and perhaps also our future.
Migration, the Other Way Around
Every evening since 1928, a group of buglers has sounded the Last Post in Ypres to honour the soldiers who died in WWI in Flanders Fields.
In the First World War, a Belgian armoured battalion was sent abroad against the Germans and Austrians. It engaged in a worldwide adventure.
Zero Point 1945
Exactly 500 years ago, Charles V was crowned Holy Roman Emperor, much to his French rival Francis I’s chagrin.
The legacy of the Dutch historians Johan Huizinga and Pieter Geyl can hardly be overestimated.
‘It is not difficult to find a basis for cooperation. After all, each country cares for its heritage and thus faces similar issues.’
After being hidden for six hundred years, the Royal Library of Belgium presents its unique collection of manuscripts from the Burgundian period.
The fourth and final stage of our cycling trip on the Via Belgica takes us from Heerlen to Cologne.
The Leonardo Da Vinci of the Low Countries is responsible for many revolutionary discoveries in physics, architecture, mathematics and linguistics.
The third stage of our cycling trip on the Via Belgica takes us from Liberchies to Heerlen.
At the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium became the worlds best football team by winning gold after a controversial match against Czechoslovakia.
The second stage of our cycling trip on the Via Belgica takes us from Tournai to Liberchies.
Jane Judge’s book provides a profound analysis of the rich sources surrounding the events that shaped the Belgian identity.
Derek Blyth pays tribute to the man who has shown us the way for more than four hundred years: the Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator.