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Historical dictionary of Belgium
Stallaerts, Robert.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999.
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xxviii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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DH511 .S73 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Highlights the most significant persons, parties, and organizations, describes the political and social institutions, and touches on Belgian economy and culture.

Author Notes

Robert Stallaerts was born and raised in Belgium. He spent eight years working for the Center of Ethics of the University of Antwerp, and he often resides in the volatile Balkan states. His previous publications include the Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Croatia with Jeannine Laurens (1995).

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According to the brief author biography, Stallaerts is a philosopher and economist rather than a historian. Perhaps for this very reason, he provides an unusually clear historical introduction and individual entries that are also clear and easy for general readers to read and understand. The introduction to the bibliography at the end, which recommends some books, periodicals, and statistical publications for general readers, is equally user-friendly. Comparisons with extensive entries in encyclopedias covering the history of Belgium show that important topics and names are included. See references (indicated with the awkward "q.v." traditional for this series instead of italics or boldface) are not used indiscriminately, but lead to further entries appropriate to the topic. Since those lacking Flemish will not be able to use more elaborate reference works like Lexicon Geschiedenis van Nederland & Belgie, ed. by Liek Mulder (Utrecht, 1994), this English-language dictionary is highly recommended. V. W. Hill; University of Wisconsin-Madison

Table of Contents

Jon Woronoff
Editor's Forewordp. ix
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. xi
Chronology of Belgian Historyp. xv
Map of Belgiump. xxix
Introductionp. 1
The Dictionaryp. 17
Appendixesp. 175
1. Kings of Belgium (1831- )p. 175
2. Belgian Governments since World War II (1944- )p. 176
3. Some Main Indicators of the Belgian Economyp. 178
4. Gross Value Added by Sectors, 1996p. 179
5. Sectoral Structure of Gross Value Added, 1995p. 180
6. Imports to and Exports from Belgium, 1996p. 181
The Bibliographyp. 183
About the Authorp. 303