The Belgian Army and Society from Independence to the Great War

TitleThe Belgian Army and Society from Independence to the Great War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsDraper, Mario
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityLondon
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Mario Draper explores Belgian state-building through the prism of its army from independence to the First World War. He argues that party-politics, which often ran along geographical, linguistic, and religious lines, prevented both Flemings and Walloons from reconciling their regional identities into a unified concept of Belgian nationalism. The monograph shows that although military and civilian society often stood aloof from one another, the army, as a national institution, offered a fleeting glimpse into the dichotomy that was pre-war Belgium. [WorldCat] 

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70386-2
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