Flanders: A Cultural History (Cities of the Imagination)

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9781904955283: Flanders: A Cultural History (Cities of the Imagination)

André de Vries explores the varied landmarks of Flanders, both rural and urban, to reveal this region's unique character. Considering great cities such as Ghent, Antwerp, and Bruges, he traces the development of a civic culture based on both trade and ideas, in which religion and language play a vital part. Looking too at the Flemish countryside, he explains the role of festivals and folk culture, gluttony and pleasure, in the survival of a strongly local identity.

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About the Author:


André de Vries, a native of Ghent, is a writer and translator with a particular interest in Flemish. He is also the author of Brussels: A Cultural and Literary History.

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"Informative and lucid.... De Vries's writing is vivid."--T. Goyens, CHOICE


"The book is well written, entertaining, easy to read, and contains an impressive range of interesting facts, anecdotes, and information about the composite parts of Flanders. Its strength is the range of material, and the ability of the author to relate the political, cultural, and artistic elements to one another, to create a wellpresented, rounded vision of the historical landscape of Flanders." -- The Historian


"Well written, entertaining, easy to read, and contains an impressive range of interesting facts, anecdotes, and information about the composite parts of Flanders."-Timothy Baycroft, The Historian


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