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The Sorrows of Belgium: Liberation and Political Reconstruction, 1944-1947

Martin Conway


The liberation of Belgium by Allied troops in September 1944 marked the end of a harsh German Occupation, but also the beginning of a turbulent and decisive period in the history of the country. There would be no easy transition to peace. Instead, the rival political forces of King Leopold III and his supporters, the former government in exile in London, and the Resistance movements which had emerged during the Occupation confronted each other in a bitter struggle for political ascendancy. The subsequent few years were dominated by an almost continual air of political and social crisis, as Res ... More

Keywords: Belgium, liberation, Second World War, King Leopold III, democracy, Communist Party, Catholicism, Cold War, Western Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199694341
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694341.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Conway, author
Fellow and Tutor in History, Balliol College, University of Oxford