Barricades in Belgium, 1787–1830

Mark Traugott

in The Insurgent Barricade

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266322
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947733 | DOI:
Barricades in Belgium, 1787–1830

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This chapter examines the important contributions of the Belgian people, who hold the honor of having been the first to build barricades outside their country of origin. It notes that the Belgian's claim to that distinction goes all the way back to 1787 and the Brabant revolution, though that rebellion's ultimate lack of success explains why a further Belgian revolution, also the occasion for widespread barricade construction, was necessary in 1830 to establish definitively their nation's independence. It explains that the successful adaptation of this technique in the respective struggles against the Austrian and Dutch armies raises the question of why it was the Belgians who ended the French monopoly on the use of the insurrectionary technique. It determines the relevance of the two countries' close economic, political, linguistic, and cultural ties in determining the result.

Keywords: Belgians; Brabant revolution; Belgian revolution; barricade construction; 1830; independence; Austrian armies; Dutch armies; French monopoly; insurrectionary technique

Chapter.  14546 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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