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  • William shared from Belgium From the Roman Invasion to the Present Day by Emile Cammaerts
    Instead of coinciding with the language frontier, they cross it everywhere, uniting in the same religious community "Walas" and "Dietschen," Celts and Germans. For eight centuries the Church, which was at the time the supreme moral influence, unconsciously devoted all its energy to bringing together the two groups of population.
    Note: Kan wij opnieuw woonen in samen?
  • William shared from Belgium From the Roman Invasion to the Present Day by Emile Cammaerts
    The Franks settled in the north, the romanized Celts or "Walas" occupied the south. The first are the ancestors of the Flemings of to-day, the second of the Walloons, and the limit of languages between the two sections of the population has remained the same. It runs to-day where it ran fourteen centuries ago, from the south of Ypres to Brussels and Maestricht, dividing Belgium almost evenly into two populations belonging to two separate races and speaking two different languages.
    Note: two cultures made by a forest
  • William shared from Belgium From the Roman Invasion to the Present Day by Emile Cammaerts
    The Belgian people have acquired a remarkable reputation for their sturdiness and their power of recovery. But, while they are entirely irresponsible for their weakness, which can only be attributed to the small size and the defenceless character of their country, they cannot be considered as entirely responsible for their strength.
    Note: Remarkable interdaad.
  • William shared from Belgium From the Roman Invasion to the Present Day by Emile Cammaerts
    But nowhere else is the difference between the higher and lower levels so pronounced and the intervals between the acts so protracted. As we have already said, the country passes suddenly from the brightest limelight of fame to the darkest recess of mediocrity and oblivion.
    Note: Belgium, fame or failure?
  • William shared from Belgium From the Roman Invasion to the Present Day by Emile Cammaerts
    But these periods of greatness were short-lived compared with the periods of decadence which succeeded them.
    Note: What period are we in now?
  • William shared from Belgium From the Roman Invasion to the Present Day by Emile Cammaerts
    At the time of the German invasion modern Belgium occupied the first rank in Europe with regard to the density of her population, the yield of her fields per acre, the development of her railway system and the importance of her special trade per head of inhabitants. In spite of her small area, she occupied the fifth rank among the great trading nations of the world, and the names of Maeterlinck, Verhaeren, C├ęsar Franck and Meunier show that she had reconquered a great part of her former intellectual prestige.
    Note: Belgium is the bounce back master.
  • William shared from Belgium From the Roman Invasion to the Present Day by Emile Cammaerts
    The "Great Dukes of the West" did for Belgium, in the fifteenth century, what Louis XI did for France, and what Henry VIII did for England, half a century later. They succeeded in centralizing public institutions and in suppressing, to a great extent, local jealousies and internal strife which weakened the nation and wasted her resources.
    Note: Unity is not a waste. Lack of foresight may prove to undermine valuable untapped resources.