Flanders: A Cultural History

Hardcover | May 24, 2007

byAndre De Vries

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Andre de Vries explores the varied landmarks of Flanders, both rural and urban, to reveal this region's unique character. Considering great cities such as Ghent, Antwerp, and Bruges, he traces the development of a civic culture based on both trade and ideas, in which religion and language playa vital part. Looking too at the Flemish countryside, he explains the role of festivals and folk culture, gluttony and pleasure, in the survival of a strongly local identity.

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Andre de Vries explores the varied landmarks of Flanders, both rural and urban, to reveal this region's unique character. Considering great cities such as Ghent, Antwerp, and Bruges, he traces the development of a civic culture based on both trade and ideas, in which religion and language playa vital part. Looking too at the Flemish co...

Andre de Vries, a native of Ghent, is a writer and translator with a particular interest in Flemish. He is also the author of Brussels: A Cultural and Literary History.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 5.71 × 8.31 × 1.18 inPublished:May 24, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019531493X

ISBN - 13:9780195314939

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INTRODUCTION: My Mostly Flat CountryCHAPTER ONE: War, Language and Flemish FreedomCHAPTER TWO: Religion and FolkloreCHAPTER THREE: Food, Drink and Popular CultureCHAPTER FOUR: Ghent and the Gate to HellCHAPTER FIVE: East Flanders and the ScheldtCHAPTER SIX: Bruges: Petrified DreamsCHAPTER SEVEN: Ypres and the First World WarCHAPTER EIGHT: The Coast and West FlandersCHAPTER NINE: Antwerp: City of RubensCHAPTER TEN: Brussels, Leuven and MechelenCHAPTER ELEVEN: The Kempen and LimburgCHAPTER TWELVE: New Landscapes and Dutch FlandersCHAPTER THIRTEEN: French FlandersFurther ReadingIndex of Literary and Historical NamesIndex of Places

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"Informative and lucid.... De Vries's writing is vivid."--T. Goyens, CHOICE