The history of the smaller european countries is rather neglected in the teaching of european history at university level we are therefore pleased to announce the publication of the first comprehensive history of the low countries in english from roman times to the present. History of the low countries history of the low countries from prehistoric times to 1579 for historical purposes the name low countries is generally understood to include the territory of what are today the netherlands belgium and luxembourg as well as parts of northern france. This introductory overview of the low countries history traces their development since roman times providing equal weighting to the netherlands belgium and luxembourg paul arblaster looks at political cultural and social history including the rise of the merchant classes the renaissance and golden age and the two world wars of the . This is the first full historical survey of the benelux area belgium the netherlands and luxembourg to be written in english paul arblaster describes the whole sweep of the history of the low countries from roman frontier provinces through medieval principalities to the establishment of the three constitutional monarchies of the present day
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