Belgium on the Move: Transnational history and the Belle Époque

Verbruggen, Christophe, Laqua, Daniel and Deneckere, Gita (2012) Belgium on the Move: Transnational history and the Belle Époque. Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire / Belgisch tijdschrift voor filologie en geschiedenis, 90 (4). pp. 1213-1226. ISSN 0035-0818

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This article pursues a dual agenda: it argues that transnational approaches can shed fresh light on Belgian history, and that Belgium provides a fitting test case for an enquiry into the nature and workings of transnational exchanges. This focus draws particular attention to the sites where activists and academics gathered, and to the organizations which sustained such processes. Thus, the authors consider the factors which facilitated transnational encounters within their Belgian setting. They also point out how transnational history helps to challenge notions of national exceptionalism — in this instance, ideas about Belgian 'peculiarities'. The Belle Époque is well suited to explore these questions: in and beyond Europe, economic interdependence and a dense network of cultural contacts were key features of this period, existing alongside the rise of conflicting nationalisms and great-power rivalry. While 1914 is commonly viewed as the end of this era, the article makes the case that it is worthwhile to trace transformations of social and cultural exchange beyond the Great War.

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Additional Information: This special issue 'Beyond Belgium: Encounters, Exchanges and Entanglements, c. 1900–1925' was guest-edited by Daniel Laqua, Christophe Verbruggen and Gita Deneckere.
Subjects: V100 History by period
V200 History by area
V300 History by topic
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Depositing User: Dr Daniel Laqua
Date Deposited: 08 May 2013 16:14
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:23

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