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Habsburg Worlds (HW 2)

Transregional Territories
Crossing Borders in the Early Modern Low Countries and Beyond

B. De Ridder, V. Soen, W. Thomas, S. Verreyken (eds.)
approx. 252 p., 7 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-2-503-58493-5
Languages: English
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What do we learn when historical research moves along, across and beyond the boundaries of early modern territorial entities?

Using the concept and method of transregional history, the contributions to this volume seek to answer this question. By focussing on the border regions of the Spanish Habsburg Low Countries, and by exploring interactions in and beyond these borderlands, the chapters shed light on how humans in the past created, handled and surpassed the territorial boundaries they encountered. This approach reveals how early modern borders functioned not only as areas of communication and movement, but also as barriers that hindered or impeded cross-border exchanges.

Looking at the Eastern, Western, Southern and Northern border regions of the Habsburg Netherlands, as well as to the connections between the Netherlands, Spain and their neighbours, the volume connects the boundaries of the Low Countries to a variety of important issues of the time. These contemporary questions included matters of conflict and negotiation, commerce and confession, and loyalty and identity. As such, the variety offered by the transregional methodology applied in this volume, results in a much better understanding of the uniting and dividing aspects of early modern territoriality.

Bram De Ridder, Violet Soen, Werner Thomas, and Sophie Verreyken are all members of the History Research Unit of the University of Leuven. They have worked extensively on the history of the early modern Habsburg polycentric Monarchy and its interactions with the old and new worlds. They joined their research efforts in the platform.

Table of Contents


Part one: Inside-outside dynamics

Raingard Esser, Upper Guelders’ four points of the compass: orientations of a contested border region in the early modern Low Countries

Annemieke Romein, Jülich: local politics, regional concerns. Dutch Pamphlets and Assemblies in Cologne (1642-1651)

Part two: Dividing and connecting identities

Yves Junot & Marie Kervyn, Creating a border: the Hispanic Monarchy, its subjects and its neighbours of the Southern Low Countries (1477-1659)

Patricia Subirade, Franche-Comté: Cross-border Flows of Religious Practices and Artistic Knowledge along the Catholic Backbone of Seventeenth-century Europe

Sophie Verreyken, Être l’amy veritable et loyal. Transregional marriages and strategies of loyalty in the Spanish Habsburg Netherlands

Part three: War and administrative innovation

Bram De Ridder, Passports for persons and border management during the Eighty Years War

Victor Enthoven, From Barrier to Border. The Scheldt Estuary and the Dutch Revolt, 1550-1609: War, Trade and Taxation

Epilogue: ‘Active’ borders beyond the Low Countries

Fernando Chavarria, “Cannon Law”: French Power Politics in the Bidasoa Border and the Crisis of the Customary Law of Nations in the Time of the Politique des reunions

Interest Classification:
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Modern history (1801 to present ) : local & regional history
Low Countries

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