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The Netherlands

Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (Kingdom of the Netherlands)
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)

Abstract

In the 3rd century AD Germanic tribes, such as the Franks, began to enter Roman territory. With the collapse of Roman government in Gaul and on the Rhine in the 5th century, the Franks extended their power from Austrasia (the central Rhine region). The spread of Christianity in the 7th century assisted Frankish expansion into the northern Low Countries. In the Middle Ages powerful landowners established the large counties (Flanders, Hainault, Namur and Holland) and duchies (Brabant, Limburg and Guelders). Most were under the authority of the German king but with a degree of independence that was to become a defining characteristic of Dutch politics. Dykes were built from Friesland to Flanders to drain the bogs and marshes for pasturage and agrarian use.

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Further Reading

  1. Andeweg, Rudy B. and Irwin, Galen A., Governance and Politics of the Netherlands. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2005Google Scholar
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  • Barry Turner

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