The Independence of Belgium

  • René Albrecht-Carrié
Part of the Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


The emergence of Belgium as an independent state constitutes the first modification of the territorial status established by the settlement of Vienna and the second Treaty of Paris of November, 1815. The problem created by the proclamation of Belgian independence was therefore one that concerned the Powers; it was they who, collectively, arranged for the modification of the charter of 1815 that the sanctioning of this independence entailed. What they did and how they did it therefore constitutes a prime illustration of the effective operation of the Concert of Europe.


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