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Political history of Belgium from 1830 onwards

Author: Els Witte; Jan Craeybeckx; Alain Meynen
Publisher: Antwerpen : Standaard ; Brussels : VUB University Press, ©2000.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Els Witte; Jan Craeybeckx; Alain Meynen
ISBN: 9054872764 9789054872764
OCLC Number: 46888021
Description: 297 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Political history of Belgium from 1830 onwards --
Ch. I. The Dawn of a New Nation (1830-1848) / Els Witte. The 1830 Revolution. The National Congress and the Constitution. The Military, Financial and Diplomatic Consolidation of the Nation. The Suppression of Internal Opposition. Domestic Post-Revolutionary Politics. The Promotion of Catholic Interests. Social Economic Policy. The Role of King Leopold I. The Liberal Anticlerical Opposition. Early Socialism. The Liberal Government of Rogier and Frere-Orban (1847) and the Revolutionary Events of 1848. The Language Issue --
The Early Years --
Ch. II. The Triumph of Liberalism (1848-1884) / Els Witte. Economic and Social Changes. The Liberal Party's Economic and Social Policy. The Labor Movement. Middle Class Social Progressiveness. The Liberal Freethinkers and Anticlericalism. Ultramontanism versus Liberalism. The School War 1879-1884. Petty Bourgeois Flamingantism --
Ch. III. The Expansion of Democracy (1885-1918) / Els Witte. Social and Economic Democratization. The Labor Movement Moves into the Social Democratic Camp. The Social Democratic program. The breakthrough of Christian Democracy. The Democratization of Voting Rights and Social Political Integration. State Intervention in the Social Sector. The Battle for the Farmer's Vote. Catholics Vs. Freethinkers. Cultural Flamingantism. Colonialism and Militarism. The Impact of the Great War on Domestic Policy --
Ch. IV. From the Great War to the Great Depression / Jan Craeybeckx. One-Man One-Vote and the New Political and Social Relations. The Loppem Agreement and its Political Fallout. King Albert and his Governments. The political parties. Pressure Groups, Employers and Labor Organizations, Social Dialogue and Social Legislation. The Flemish Movement and the Language Laws. Foreign policy up to 1936 --
Ch. V. From the Great Depression to World War II / Jan Craeybeckx. The short rule of Leopold III (1934-1940). The Political System During the Great Depression. Consensus versus social conflict. The Right-wing Movement in a Divided Catholic Camp. Belgian and Flemish Fascism ahead and during World War II. The End of the Collective Security System. The Policy of Independence and World War II. Occupation, Collaboration and the Resistance Movement --
Ch. VI. Restoration and Renewal After World War II / Els Witte. The Balance of Power After the Liberation. Economic Reconstruction and Social Cooperation. The Elimination of the Extreme Left and the Extreme Right. The Royal Question. Integration into the Western Bloc --
Ch. VII. Conflict and Conflict Management in the Religious Philosophical Sphere / Els Witte. The School War and School Pact. Pluralism and Secularization. The Federation of Education and Culture. Moral Themes as Political Issues --
Ch. VIII. Economic and Social Policy Since the 1950s / Alain Meynen. The Organization of Economic Expansion. The General Strike of 1960-1961. Economic Policy During the 1960s. The Development of the Collective Bargaining System. The Resurgence of Labor Resistance and the New Social Movements. The Crisis of Crisis Management. 1982: The Breakthrough of Neoliberalism. The Neoliberal Labor Policy. Postreformism, Competitiveness and Participating Management. Racism and the New Social Issue. Recession, Tentative Recovery and the Legitimacy Crisis --
Ch. IX. Increasing Tension Between the Communities and the Creation of a Federalized Belgium / Els Witte. The Main Players: The Flemish and Walloon Movements. The Third Conflict Area: Brussels. The Linguistic Frontier (1962) The Language Compromise of Val Duchesse (1963) and the Leuven-Vlaams conflict (1968). Federalist Gains: The Constitutional Reforms of 1970 and 1980. Voeren-Les Fourons and the Brussels fringe: levers in the creation of the federal nation (1988). The 1993 Saint Michael agreement --
Ch. X. Decolonization, Relations withl Zaire-Congo and Foreign Affairs / Jan Craeybeckx and Alain Meynen. The Decolonization of Belgian Congo. The relations between Belgium and Zaire. Belgium and NATO. Belgium and Europe --
Ch. XI. The Postwar and Contemporary Political System / Els Witte. Pacification Democracy. Parties and elections. Changing Relations Between Government and Parliament. Justice and Politics. The Monarchy. Media and Politics. Unique Federalism.
Other Titles: Politieke geschiedenis van België.
Political history of Belgium
Responsibility: Els Witte, Jan Craeybeckx and Alain Meynen ; translation, Raf Casert.

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