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To: Republicain
Belgium never made much sense to me as nation-state. Belgium and the Netherlands were cobbled together during the Middle Ages and then fell into lap of the Hapsburgs, who through incompetent, heavy-handed government ignited a revolt by the Dutch. Belgium is just the bit the Hapsburgs managed to hold onto after the Dutch revolt.
32 posted on 09/19/2007 12:30:18 PM PDT by colorado tanker (I'm unmoderated - just ask Bill O'Reilly)
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To: colorado tanker
After the Napoleonic wars, Belgium was given to the Netherlands to try to create a stronger country on France's border, but within 15 years the Belgians became so dissatisfied that they rebelled against Dutch rule and managed to become an independent country.

The most famous Belgian was Hercule Poirot, and he never really existed...just a figment of Agatha Christie's imagination. The famous historian Henri Pirenne (1862-1935) was Belgian. Other than that they've given the world Belgian waffles, Belgian endive, and Brussels sprouts.

34 posted on 09/19/2007 12:51:24 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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