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The Intellectual Origins of the Belgian Revolution

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

  • Assesses the extent to which the origins of Belgian nationalism were situated in the politics of the years preceding the Belgian Revolution

  • Provides an in-depth study of the political languages of the major political groups in the Southern Netherlands

  • Offers a fresh perspective to the historiographic debate on Belgian nationalism


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

Table of contents

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

  1. 1.Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

About the authors

Stefaan Marteel is an independent teacher and writer in Brussels, Belgium. He previously taught political history at the Radboud University Nijmegen.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Intellectual Origins of the Belgian Revolution
  • Book Subtitle Political Thought and Disunity in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 1815-1830
  • Authors Stefaan Marteel
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Political History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Political History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-89425-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07768-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-89426-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 317
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Modern Europe
    Political History
    History of Britain and Ireland
    Intellectual Studies
    Modern History
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