Join us on our journey throughout the history of the Netherlands. We start in so-called "pre-history".
History of the Netherlands
Join us on an epic journey exploring the history of a region in the northwest of Europe known as ‘the lowlands’, which roughly includes today’s Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and bits of northern France. We present you with a chronological narrative of the lowlands from the dawn of civilisation to the present. The articles and podcasts are made by Republic of Amsterdam Radio, a group of history nerds with a passion for telling stories.
Throughout history, the Low Countries would often be defined by their interactions with great powers nearby. This began with the Romans.
A common misperception is that once Roman influence ended, the European continent went into a dark abyss with very little happening until the Italian Renaissance in the 14th century.
On our journey exploring the history of the Low Countries, we can't forget the 'Father of Europe': Charlemagne or Charles the Great.
After the collapse of Charlemagne's empire at the end of the 9th century, the lowlands became the playground for many family feuds.
At the end of the first millennium, an agricultural revolution was about to change the lives of the peasants in the Low Countries.