By Robert Stallaerts
In 1830, the population of the southern a part of the uk of the Netherlands revolted opposed to King William I. The nationwide Congress then declared independence and proclaimed the set up of a parliamentary monarchy, and hence, the recent state of Belgium was once created. Belgium's shiny tradition and society have produced such artists as Peter Paul Rubens, Jan Van Eyck, and Antoon Van Dijk, in addition to the influential scientists Gerardus Mercator and Andreus Vesalius. Brussels, the country's capital urban, additionally homes the headquarters of the ecu Union and the North Atlantic Treaty association. This moment version of the old Dictionary of Belgium relates the background of this state via a close chronology, an creation, appendixes, a bibliography, and cross-referenced dictionary entries on many of the extra major individuals, areas, and occasions; associations and corporations; and political, monetary, social, cultural, and non secular aspects.