A Short History of Belgium

A Short History of Belgium

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A Short History of Belgium

A Short History of Belgium

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The "New York Times Review of Books" of June 20, 1915, called attention to the comparative scarcity of books on Belgium among the literary productions resulting from the war, and continued: "Why Belgium finds so scant a space in the war bibliographies is a question difficult to answer. Certainly, no country has aroused the popular sympathy and enthusiasm of the world to a like degree with this little kingdom, occupying a geographical area of about one-fourth the state of Pennsylvania, yet performing deeds of valour and enduring martyrdoms that place it beyond all comparison in greatness. If the war has a hero it is Belgium: hence, one argues, that country should fill a prominent instead of a slight section in the literature of the great conflict."

This idea, doubtless, it was that induced the University of Chicago Press to propose that I write and publish under its auspices a Short History of Belgium, with material drawn from the course of lectures I gave on the history of Belgium at the University of Chicago during the Winter Quarter of 1915.

This Short History of Belgium, of course, is not a "war book" and cannot be placed among those books classed as war literature. The circumstances of its being written have some connection, of course, with the great war, but it hardly needs to be said that this history is objective and tries simply to give an account of the past history of the Belgian people, leaving entirely out of consideration their present deeds and sufferings. By consulting that history . . .

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