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By Benjamin Kaplan, Marybeth Carlson, Laura Cruz

Frequently, the time period boundary applies to the demarcation among a actual position and one other actual position, most ordinarily linked to traces on a map because the essays during this quantity exhibit, even though, a boundary may also functionality in a extra largely conceptual demeanour. A boundary turns into no longer an "imaginary line" yet a device for puzzling over easy methods to separate any components, no matter if principles, occasions, etc., into different types in which they develop into understandable and exact. the coed participants search now not just to parent the bounds, yet, and maybe extra importantly, to appreciate the method of delination, and its outcomes. With its maverick background and grass-root political traditions, the Netherlands presents an auspicious surroundings to check the ancient functionality of obstacles either actual and imagined.

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The whole issue of the North-South divide needs to be re-examined, away from any feelings of abandonment on the one hand (the inferiority-complex still suffered by many historians in Brabant) or Hollando-centrism on the other hand (the superioritycomplex entertained by most Dutch historians). From the perspective of Brabant, historians there have usually looked in the wrong direction: top-down instead of bottom-up, aligning themselves therefore too much with the idea of the nation state as all pervasive.

M. , Noord-Brabant tijdens de Republiek der Verenigde Nederlanden, 1572–1795 (’s-Hertogenbosch/Hilversum: Waanders, 1996). states-brabant as a border country 21 The Meierij accounted for nearly half the territory of States-Brabant and was more or less directly governed by the States-General. The rest mainly belonged to high-ranking noblemen, however. What is even more significant, is that in the western part of States-Brabant most domains belonged to the house of Orange: this part can effectively be referred to as Nassau-Brabant.

Den Bosch was finally recaptured in 1629, and fighting went on until the early 1640s. Only Bergen op Zoom enjoyed relative peace and security from 1577 onwards. It is clear though that States-Brabant as a whole bore the brunt of the fighting during these formative decades. The countryside was devastated several times over and towns were depopulated: migration was in many ways the key 12 Guido Marnef, Het calvinistische bewind te Mechelen 1580–1585 (Kortrijk-Heule: UGA, 1987); see also his Antwerp in the age of Reformation: underground Protestantism in a commercial metropolis, 1550–1577 (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1996).

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