Logbook of the Low Countries provides a concise chronicle of Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, setting their major roles against events in world history, together with famous quotations and highlights from art and science.
This Logbook is meant for members of the corps diplomatique, expatriates, students from international schools and tourists, giving them easy access to the fascinating history of the country in which they live.
The struggle for political and religious freedom from Spanish domination in the sixteenth century led to the creation of the first democratic republic in the northern Netherlands which, in turn became a model for other countries. In the seventeenth century the Dutch Republic, comprising the Seven Provinces and their colonies, became the world’s chief maritime trading power, only overtaken by Great Britain in the eighteenth century.
More recently the Low Countries were at the forefront of European cooperation, first in the formation of the Benelux and later in the creation of the European Union and the euro.
Wout van der Toorn, a Dutch economist with a keen interest in history, has compiled this helpful historical guide. With its two and a half thousand references, it gives a chronological summary of important events in the history of The Low Countries, and major events in the wider world.
Brigitte Grouwels, Minister of the Brussels-Capital Region and Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of The Hague, have graciously contributed the preface and praise Logbook of the Low Countries as "a very handy guide through world history".