The Intellectual Origins of the Belgian Revolution

Political Thought and Disunity in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 1815-1830

  • Stefaan Marteel

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political History book series (PSPH)

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About this book


This book explores the political ideas of the Belgian Revolution of 1830, which led to the break-up of the Restoration state of the ‘united’ Kingdom of the Netherlands. It uncovers the origins of liberalism and political Catholicism in the Southern Netherlands in the wake of the French Revolution, and traces the development of political language in the context of the tensions between the Northern and Southern part of the united Netherlands. It shows how differences in ‘Dutch’ and ‘Belgian’ political and intellectual history resulted in different understandings of essential political concepts such as ‘sovereignty’ and ‘balance of powers’, as well as of the nature of the constitutional order of 1815. Finally, it traces the emergence of Belgian nationalism within the discourse of opposition against the government. Stefaan Marteel therefore provides a fresh perspective on the intellectual background of the rise of the nation-state in the nineteenth century.


nation-state nationalism sovereignty independence age of revolutions

Authors and affiliations

  • Stefaan Marteel
    • 1
  1. 1.Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-89425-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-89426-3
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