The Sorrows of Belgium: Liberation and Political Reconstruction, 1944-1947 by Martin Conway
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The Sorrows of Belgium: Liberation and Political Reconstruction, 1944-1947
Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 21, 2012)
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In this substantial contribution to the history of the liberation era in Europe, Martin Conway provides the first account, based on substantial new archival material, of this process of political normalisation, which provided the basis for the integration of Belgium into the post-war West European political order. That success, however, came at a cost: the absence of any substantial political reform after the Second World War exacerbated the tensions between the different social classes, linguistic communities, and regions within Belgium, providing the basis for the gradual unravelling of the Belgian nation-state which occurred over the second half of the twentieth century.