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That same year, the northern provinces seized independence in the Act of Abjuration Plakkaat van Verlatinghe , launching the Seven United Provinces. Farnese led a successful campaign — against the Dutch Revolt , in which he captured the main cities of the south and returned them to the control of Catholic Spain. By doing so he was able to bring back the Walloon provinces to an allegiance to the king.

By the treaty of Arras in , he secured the support of the "Malcontents", as the Catholic nobles of the south were styled. The seven northern provinces, controlled by Calvinists, responded with the Union of Utrecht , where they resolved to stick together to fight Spain. Farnese secured his base in Hainaut and Artois , then moved against Brabant and Flanders. City after city fell: Tournai , Maastricht , Breda , Bruges and Ghent opened their gates.

Farnese finally laid siege to the great seaport of Antwerp. The city was open to the sea, strongly fortified, and well defended under the leadership of Marnix van St. Farnese cut off all access to the sea by constructing a bridge of boats across the Scheldt.

All of the Belgian regions were once more under Spanish control. In a war composed mostly of sieges rather than battles, Farnese proved his mettle. His strategy was to offer generous terms for surrender: They became the mobilising forces of a popular Counter-Reformation in the South, thereby facilitating the eventual emergence of the state of Belgium.

During the 17th century, Antwerp continued to be blockaded by the Dutch but became a major European center for industry and art. France frequently held control of territories in the Southern Netherlands, confronted by various opponents including the Netherlands and Austria. These were then followed by the War of the Spanish Succession — When Charles II of Spain died in , two dynasties of foreign relatives contested for the throne, the House of Bourbon , who ruled France, and the Habsburgs , who were emperors of the Holy Roman Empire as well as holding various territories in central Europe.

The Austrian Habsburgs were supported by an alliance led by Britain, the Dutch Republic, and several other northern European Protestant states, and the French were supported by Bavaria. Much of the war occurred on Belgian soil, with the allies there being led upon the field by John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough.

They were thus called Belgium Austriacum from to The Belgian Revolution of —90 overlapped with the French Revolution which began in The movement called for independence from Austrian rule. The new state was beset by factionalism between the radical " Vonckists ", led by Jan Frans Vonck and the more conservative " Statists " of the Henri Van der Noot.

Businessmen with widescale operations generally supported the Statists, while the Vonckists attracted small business and members of the trade guilds. They called for independence from Austria but were conservative in social and religious questions. Austria confirmed the loss of Belgium Austriacum, which had been the only autonomous part of the Austrian Empire, by the Treaty of Campo Formio , in The French invaded and controlled Belgium, —, imposing all their new reforms and incorporating what had been the "Austrian Netherlands" and the Prince-Bishopric of Liege into France.

New rulers were sent in by Paris. Belgian men were drafted into the French wars and heavily taxed. Nearly everyone was Catholic, but the Church was repressed. Resistance was strong in every sector, as Belgian nationalism emerged to oppose French rule. The French legal system, however, was adopted, with its equal legal rights, and abolition of class distinctions. Belgium now had a government bureaucracy selected by merit, but it was not at all popular. Until the establishment of the Consulate in , Catholics were heavily repressed by the French.

The first University of Leuven was closed in and churches were plundered. During this early period of the French rule, the Belgian economy was completely paralyzed as taxes had to be paid in gold and silver coin while goods bought by the French were paid for with worthless assignats.

During this period of systematic exploitation, about , Belgians fled the Southern Netherlands. With the motto "one nation, one language", French became the only accepted language in public life as well as in economic, political, and social affairs. The measures of the successive French governments and in particular the massive conscription into the French army were unpopular everywhere, especially in Flemish regions, where it sparked the Peasants' War.

In , the Allies drove out Napoleon and ended French rule. The plan was to join Belgium and the Netherlands, under Dutch control. Napoleon briefly returned to power during the Hundred Days in , but was decisively defeated at the Battle of Waterloo , south of Brussels. France promoted commerce and capitalism, paving the way for the ascent of the bourgeoisie and the rapid growth of manufacturing and mining.

In economics, therefore, the nobility declined while the middle class Belgian entrepreneurs flourished because of their inclusion in a large market, paving the way for Belgium's leadership role after in the Industrial Revolution on the Continent.

Godechot finds that after the annexation, Belgium's business community supported the new regime, unlike the peasants, who remained hostile. Annexation opened new markets in France for wool and other goods from Belgium. Bankers and merchants helped finance and supply the French army.

France ended the prohibition against seaborne trade on the Scheldt that had been enforced by the Netherlands. Antwerp quickly became a major French port with a world trade, and Brussels grew as well. After Napoleon 's defeat at Waterloo in , the major victorious powers Britain, Austria, Prussia, and Russia agreed at the Congress of Vienna on uniting the former Belgium Austriacum and the former Seven United Provinces, creating the United Kingdom of the Netherlands , which was to serve as a buffer state against any future French invasions.

This was under the rule of a Protestant king, namely William I. The enlightened despot William I, who reigned from —, had almost unlimited constitutional power, the constitution having been written by a number of notable people chosen by him.

As despot, he had no difficulty in accepting some of the changes resulting from the social transformation of the previous 25 years, including equality of all before the law. However, he resurrected the estates as a political class and elevated a large number of people to the nobility.

Voting rights were still limited, and only the nobility were eligible for seats in the upper house. William I was a Calvinist and intolerant of the Catholic majority in the newly created United Kingdom of the Netherlands. He promulgated the "Fundamental Law of Holland", with some modifications. This entirely overthrew the old order of things in the southern Netherlands, suppressed the clergy as an order, abolished the privileges of the Catholic Church, and guaranteed equal protection to every religious creed and the enjoyment of the same civil and political rights to every subject of the king.

It reflected the spirit of the French Revolution and in so doing did not please the Catholic bishops in the south, who had detested the Revolution. William I actively promoted economic modernization. His position as monarch was ambivalent, however; his sovereignty was real, but his authority was shared with a legislature elected partly by himself and partly by the wealthy citizens under a constitution granted by the king.

Government was in the hands of ministries of state. The old provinces were reestablished in name only. The government was now fundamentally unitary, and all authority flowed from the center. The first 15 years of the Kingdom showed progress and prosperity, as industrialization proceeded rapidly in the south, where the Industrial Revolution allowed entrepreneurs and labor to combine in a new textile industry, powered by local coal mines.

There was little industry in the northern provinces, but most overseas colonies were restored, and highly profitable trade resumed after a year hiatus. Economic liberalism combined with moderate monarchical authoritarianism to accelerate the adaptation of the Netherlands to the new conditions of the 19th century.

The country prospered until a crisis arose in relations with the southern provinces. Protestants controlled the new country although they formed only a quarter of the population. Few Catholics held high state or military offices. The king insisted that schools in the South end their traditional teaching of Catholic doctrine, even though everyone there was Catholic. There was also growing outrage at the king's insensitivity to social differences.

According to Schama , there was growing hostility to the Dutch government whose "initiatives were met at first with curiosity, then with apprehension and finally with fierce and unyielding hostility". Finally, all factions in the South complained of unfair representation in the national legislature.

The south was industrializing faster and was more prosperous than the north, leading to resentment of northern arrogance and political domination. The outbreak of revolution in France in was used as a signal for revolt. The demand at first was autonomy for Belgium, as the southern provinces were now called. Eventually, revolutionaries began demanding total independence.

The Belgian Revolution broke out in August when crowds, stirred by a performance of Auber's La Muette de Portici at the Brussels opera house of La Monnaie , spilled out onto the streets singing patriotic songs. Violent street fighting soon broke out, and anarchy reigned in Brussels. The liberal bourgeoisie, who had initially been at the forefront of the burgeoning revolution, were appalled by the violence and became willing to accept a compromise with the Dutch.

The revolution broke out for numerous reasons. On a political level, the Belgians felt significantly under-represented in the Netherlands' elected Lower Assembly and disliked the unpopular Prince of Orange, the future William II who was the representative of King William I in Brussels. The French-speaking Walloons also felt ostracised in a majority Dutch speaking country. There were also significant religious grievances felt by the majority Catholic Belgians in a nation controlled by the Dutch Protestants.

The king assumed the protest would blow itself out. He waited for a surrender, announcing an amnesty for all revolutionaries, except foreigners and the leaders. When this did not succeed he sent in the army. Dutch forces were able to penetrate the Schaerbeek Gate into Brussels, but the advance was stalled in the Parc de Bruxelles under a hail of sniper fire.

Royal troops elsewhere met determined resistance from revolutionaries at makeshift barricades. It is estimated that there were no more than 1, revolutionaries described by the French Ambassador as an "undisciplined rabble" [39] in Brussels at the time, faced with over 6, Dutch troops.

However, faced with strong opposition, Dutch troops were ordered out of the capital on the night of 26 September after three days of street fighting. There were also battles around the country as revolutionaries clashed with Dutch forces. In Antwerp, eight Dutch warships bombarded the city following its capture by revolutionary forces. Belgian independence was not allowed by the Congress of Vienna ; nevertheless the revolutionaries were regarded sympathetically by the major powers of Europe, especially the British.

At the end of November Britain and France came up with a proposal — no military intervention and the establishment of an independent kingdom of Belgium — which was accepted by the other three more conservative participants, who had favored a military intervention to restore the absolutist regime of William I.

The new kingdom would be obliged to remain neutral in foreign affairs. The British foreign secretary Lord Palmerston strongly backed the Prince of Orange as the new king, a choice which would have maintained a dynastic link between the Netherlands and the new kingdom.

The Prince proved to be unacceptable to William I, his father, as well as to the French, who wanted a clear break with the Netherlands. Finally, Palmerston came up with his second choice, Leopold I of Saxe-Coburg — Princess Charlotte of Wales ' widower, and an admirer of the British constitutional model — who was accepted by all.

The date of his acceptance of the constitution — 21 July — is marked a national holiday. The liberal bourgeoisie, who had been thrown off balance by the early stages of the revolution, hastily formed a provisional government under Charles Rogier to negotiate with the Dutch, officially declaring Belgian independence on 4 October The Belgian National Congress was formed to draw up a constitution.

Under the new constitution, Belgium became a sovereign, independent state with a constitutional monarchy. However, the constitution did severely limit voting rights to the French-speaking haute-bourgeoisie and the clergy, in a country where French was not the majority language.

The Catholic church was afforded a good deal of freedom from state intervention. The war with the Netherlands lasted another eight years, but in , the Treaty of London was signed between the two countries. By the treaty of , Luxembourg did not join Belgium, but remained a possession of the Netherlands until different inheritance laws caused it to separate as an independent Grand Duchy.

Most of society was highly traditional, especially in the small villages and rural areas and the quality of education was low. It developed into an open economy focused on industrial exports with strong ties between the banking sector and the basic industry. Industrialization took place in Wallonia French-speaking southern Belgium , starting in the middle of the s, and especially after The availability of cheap coal was a main factor that attracted entrepreneurs.

The leader was a transplanted Englishman John Cockerill. His factories at Seraing integrated all stages of production, from engineering to the supply of raw materials, as early as Industry spread through the Sillon industriel "industrial district" , Haine , Sambre and Meuse valleys. Coal was sold to local mills and railways as well as to France and Prussia. The textile industry, based on cotton and flax, employed about half of the industrial workforce for much of the industrial period.

Wallonia had rich coalfields over much of its area, and the highly folded nature of coal seams meant that it could be found at relatively shallow depths. Deep mines were not required at first so there were a large number of small operations. There was a complex legal system for concessions, often multiple layers had different owners.

Entrepreneurs started going deeper and deeper thanks to the innovation of steam pumping. In , the maximum depth of mines was meters. By , the average depth in the area west of Mons was , and in , meters and some pits had reached down and meters; one was 1, meters deep, probably the deepest coal mine in Europe at this time.

Gas explosions were a serious problem, and Belgium had high fatality rates. By the late 19th century the seams were becoming exhausted and the steel industry was importing some coal from the Ruhr. Cheap and readily available coal attracted firms producing metals and glass, both of which required considerable amounts of coal, and so regions around coal fields became highly industrialised.

The nation provided an ideal model for showing the value of the railways for speeding the Industrial Revolution. After , the new nation decided to stimulate industry. It funded a simple cross-shaped system that connected the major cities, ports and mining areas, and linked to neighboring countries.

Belgium thus became the railway center of the region. The system was very soundly built along British lines, so that profits and wages were low but the infrastructure necessary for rapid industrial growth was put in place.

The first trains were drawn by Stephenson engines imported from Great Britain. By the s, Belgium was a major exporter of trams and other rail components, exporting vast quantities of railway materials.

In South America, 3, kilometers of track were owned by Belgian firms, with a further 1, kilometers in China. Empain's firm also built the new Cairo suburb of Heliopolis. Other important businesses included Cockerill-Sambre steel , the chemical factories of Ernest Solvay , and the firearms maker Fabrique Nationale de Herstal.

Politics, says Clark, "was dominated by a struggle between two political groups, known as the Catholics and the Liberals. In general terms, the Catholics represented the relatively religious, conservative and rural elements in the society, while the Liberals represented the more secular, more progressive and more urban middle-class elements. The Liberals were anticlerical and wanted to reduce the power of the Church.

The conflict came to a head during the " First School War " of — as Liberal attempts to introduce a greater level of secularism in primary education were beaten back by outraged Catholics.

The School War ushered in a period of Catholic Party dominance in Belgian politics that lasted almost unbroken until Religious conflict also extended to university education, where secular universities like the Free University of Brussels competed with Catholic universities like the Catholic University of Leuven. French became the official language of government after the separation from the Netherlands in and Belgian cultural life was especially dominated by the French influence, [57] [58] reinforced by economic domination of the industrial south.

Flemish was "reduced to the tongue of a second-class culture. This was partly due to a sense of growing Flemish identity, made possible through greater awareness of Flemish culture and history from the s. Flemish victories, like the Battle of the Golden Spurs in were celebrated and a Flemish cultural movement, led by figures like Hendrik Conscience was born. Universal suffrage meant the Francophones were a political minority, so the Walloon Movement concentrated on protecting French where it had a majority, and did not contest the expanded use of Dutch in Flemish areas.

The Flemish goal of linguistic equality especially in schools and courts was finally achieved by a series of laws in the s and s. Dutch became the language of government, education, and the courts in the northern provinces of East Flanders and West Flanders, Antwerp, Limburg, and eastern Brabant. French remained the official language in Wallonia; Brussels, which had seen a major language shift to French , became an officially bilingual region.

Meanwhile, a small separatist Flemish movement had emerged; the Germans had supported it during the war, and in the s it turned fascist. In the Second World War it collaborated with the Nazis. Belgium was not a belligerent in the Franco-Prussian War —71, but the proximity of the war led to the mobilisation of the army.

After the conflict, there was talk of modernising the military. The system of Remplacement whereby wealthy Belgians conscripted into the military could pay for a "replacement" was abolished and an improved system of conscription implemented. The System instituted compulsory military service of eight years on active duty and five years in the reserves.

This swelled the size of the Belgian army to over , well-trained men. The economy was stagnant during the long depression of —95, as prices and wages fell and labour unrest grew. It issued the Charter of Quaregnon in calling for an end to capitalism and a thorough reorganization of society.

Though, the Belgian Workers' Party was not elected to government until the late 20th century, it exerted considerable pressure on the rest of the political process, both through direct participation in politics themselves, but also through general strikes.

During the late 19th century, general strikes became an established aspect of the political process. Between and , there were 20 major strikes, including 7 general strikes. Many of these had overtly political motives, like the General Strike that helped achieve universal suffrage. On several occasions, Belgian general strikes escalated into violence. In , soldiers fired on the striking crowd, killing several. Karl Marx wrote, "There exists but one country in the civilised world where every strike is eagerly and joyously turned into a pretext for the official massacre of the Working Class.

That country of single blessedness is Belgium! Nevertheless, Belgium created a welfare net particularly early, thanks in part to the trade unions.

Sickness compensation was established in , voluntary old-age insurance in and unemployment insurance in , achieving good coverage nationwide much more quickly than its neighbours. In the government rejected a proposal for universal male suffrage. Violent confrontations broke out with the Garde Civique the Civil Guard or militia around the country, as in Mons , where several strikers were killed. The government soon backed down, and passed male universal suffrage but reduced its impact by creating plural votes based on wealth, education and age.

As in many countries, women's suffrage was introduced at the end of the First World War; however the last restrictions on women's voting were only lifted in Artistic and literary culture in Belgium began a revival towards the late 19th century. Particularly, among Walloons with the new French language literary and artistic review La Jeune Belgique.

A core element of Belgian nationalism was the scientific study of its national history. The movement was led by Godefroid Kurth — , a student of the German historian Ranke. The most prominent Belgian historian was Henri Pirenne — , who was influenced by this method during his period as a student of Kurth. At the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century, monumental Historicism and Neoclassicism dominated the urban Belgian landscape, particularly in government buildings, between the s and s.

Nevertheless, Brussels became one of the major European cities for the development of the Art Nouveau style in the late s. The architects Victor Horta , Paul Hankar , and Henry van de Velde became particularly famous for their designs, many of which survive today in Brussels. Horta's largest work, the Maison du Peuple was demolished in Stanard rejects the widely held notion that Belgians were "reluctant imperialists. Belgians not only sustained the empire in significant ways, but many became convinced imperialists, evidenced by the widespread, enduring and eagerly embraced propaganda in favor of the Congo.

King Leopold II of Belgium had been the principal shareholder in the Belgian trading company which established trading stations on the lower Congo between and It was originally intended to be an international Free Trade zone, open to all European traders. The era of the Congo Free State is most infamous for the large number of atrocities committed under it. Since it was, in effect, a business venture, run by a private company headed by Leopold himself, it aimed to gain as much money as possible from primary exports from the territory.

Leopold's personal fortune was greatly increased through the proceeds of selling Congolese rubber, which had never previously been mass-produced in such surplus quantities, to the growing market for tyres. During the period between and , as many as eight million Congolese died of exploitation and disease while the birth rate dropped. To enforce the rubber quotas, the Force Publique FP was created. While the Force Publique was nominally a military force — it would later fight during both the First and Second World Wars -during the Congo Free State period its primary duties involved enforcing rubber quotas in rural areas.

Imprisonment and summary executions were common. Severing of limbs was sometimes used by the Force Publique as a method of enforcing the quotas. Following reports from missionaries, there was growing moral outrage, particularly in Britain and the United States. The Congo Reform Association , led by Edmund Dene Morel , was particularly important in this campaign, and published numerous best-selling tracts and pamphlets including Red Rubber which reached a vast public. King Leopold appointed and financed his own commission to put these accusations to rest, but it too confirmed the atrocities.

The Belgian parliament long refused to take over the colony, which was considered a financial burden. In , the Belgian parliament responded to the international pressure, annexing the Free State, as the campaigners had argued for.

After World War II, Belgium was criticized by the United Nations for making no progress on the political front, in contrast with other contemporary colonial states. Despite propaganda campaigns within Belgium, few Belgians showed much interest in the colony; very few went there, and imperial enthusiasm was never widespread. Also, the government limited the possibility of Congolese settling inside Belgium. At the Round Table Talks on independence , Belgium requested a process of gradual independence over 4 years [ citation needed ] , but following a series of riots in , the decision was made to bring forward independence in matter of months.

The chaos in which Belgium departed the Congo caused [ citation needed ] the secession of rich Western-backed province Katanga and the prolonged civil war known as the Congo Crisis.

The Belgian Tianjin Concession in China was established in There was little investment and no settlement. However it led to a contract to supply an electric light and trolley system.

In , Tianjin became the first city in China with a modern public transportation system. The supply of electricity and lighting and the trolley business were profitable ventures. All the rolling stock was supplied by Belgian industries and by , the network also reached nearby Austrian, French, Italian, Japanese and Russian concessions.

The colony was administered in a similar way as by the former German administrators, continuing policies such as ethnic identity cards. In , the Rwandan Revolution occurred and Belgium changed the appointments of chiefs and vice-chiefs to promote Hutus into the posts. Ruanda-Urundi gained independence in and its two regions, Rwanda and Burundi , separated. It was this action that caused the British to enter the war, as they were still bound by the agreement to protect Belgium in the event of a war.

The Belgian army is remembered for their stubborn resistance during the early days of the war, with the army — around a tenth the size of the Germany Army — holding up the German offensive for nearly a month, giving the French and British forces time to prepare for the Marne counteroffensive later in the year. The German invaders treated any resistance—such as sabotaging rail lines—as illegal and subversive, and shot the offenders and burned buildings in retaliation. Belgium had a prosperous economy in at the start of the war but after four years of occupation, it emerged in a poor state; although Belgium itself had suffered few deaths.

The Germans had "brutally and efficiently stripped the country bare. Machinery, spare parts, whole factories including the roofs, had disappeared eastward. In , 80 percent of its workforce was unemployed. Belgian soldiers fought delaying actions in during the initial invasion. King Albert I stayed in the Yser as commander of the military to lead the army while Broqueville's government withdrew to nearby Le Havre in France. Belgian units continued to serve on the front until Forces from the Belgian Congo also played a major role in the African Campaign and a small unit of Belgian soldiers also served on the Eastern Front.

The Germans governed the occupied areas of Belgium through a General Governorate of Belgium , while a small area of the country remained unoccupied by the Germans. The whole country was ruled under martial law. The German army executed between 5, [80] and 6, [81] French and Belgian civilians between August and November , usually in near-random large-scale shootings of civilians ordered by junior German officers.

Individuals suspected of partisan activities were summarily shot. Flemish feeling of identity and consciousness grew through the events and experiences of war. The German occupying authorities viewed the Flemish as an oppressed people and had taken several Flemish-friendly measures, known as Flamenpolitik. This included introducing Dutch as the language of instruction of all state-supported schools in Flanders in The Flemish Frontbeweging Soldiers' Movement was formed from Flemish soldiers in the Belgian army to campaign for greater use of Dutch language in education and government, though not separatist.

The Germans left Belgium stripped and barren. There was never a violent resistance movement, but there was a large-scale spontaneous passive resistance of refusal to work for the benefit of German victory. Belgium was heavily industrialized; while farms operated and small shops stayed open most large establishments shut down or drastically reduced their output.

The faculty closed the universities; many publishers shut down their newspapers. Most Belgians "turned the four war years into a long and extremely dull vacation," says Kossmann. Germany then stripped the factories of all useful machinery, and used the rest as scrap iron for its steel mills. Belgium faced a food crisis and an international response was organized by the American engineer Herbert Hoover. The CRB obtained and imported millions of tons of foodstuffs for the CN to distribute, and watched over the CN to make sure the German army didn't appropriate the food.

The CRB became a veritable independent republic of relief, with its own flag, navy, factories, mills, and railroads. At its peak, the American arm, the ARA fed Great Britain grew reluctant to support the CRB, preferring instead to emphasize Germany's obligation to supply the relief; Winston Churchill led a military faction that considered the Belgian relief effort "a positive military disaster.

King Albert returned as a war hero, leading the victorious army and acclaimed by the population. In contrast, the government and the exiles came back discreetly. Belgium had been devastated—not so much by combat, but rather by German seizure of valuable machinery.

Only 81 operable locomotives remained, out of the 3, available in More than , houses had been destroyed, as well as more than , acres of farmland. Waves of popular violence accompanied liberation in November and December and the government responded through the judicial punishment of collaboration with the enemy conducted between and Shop windows were broken and houses sacked, men were harassed, and women's heads were shaved.

Manufacturers who had closed their businesses sought the severe repression of those who had pursued their activities. Journalists who had boycotted and stopped writing called for harsh treatment of the newspapers that submitted to German censorship.

Many people stigmatized profiteers and demanded justice. Thus in , Belgium was already confronted with the problems associated with occupation that most European countries only discovered at the end of World War II. However, despite the status quo, Belgium recovered surprisingly quickly. The first postwar Olympic Games were held in Antwerp in In , Luxembourg formed a customs union with Belgium. An opportunity was given to the population to "oppose" against the transfer by signing a petition, which gathered few signatures, in large part thanks to intimidation by local authorities, and all regions remain part of Belgium today.

Belgian requests to annex territory considered as historically theirs, from the Dutch, who were perceived as collaborators, was denied. Between and , Belgian and French soldiers were sent to the Ruhr in Germany to force the German government to agree to continue reparation payments. The Occupation of the Ruhr led the Dawes Plan which allowed the German government more leniency in paying reparations.

As late as , when independence arrived, fewer than natives had gone beyond secondary school. The policy was one of low-cost paternalism, as explained by Belgium's special representative to the Trusteeship Council: He must be cured of his thoughtlessness, he must accustom himself to living in society, he must overcome his inertia. Belgian Surrealist art grew during the inter-war period. Paul Delvaux was also an extremely influential painter in this genre. Comic strips became extremely popular in Belgium during the s.

The growth of comic strips was also accompanied by a popular art movement, exemplified by Edgar P. Belgium tried to pursue a policy of unaligned neutrality before the war, but on May 10, the country was invaded by German forces. In the initial attacks, the fortifications which had been constructed to protect the borders like Fort Eben-Emael and the K-W Line were captured or bypassed by German forces. The elected government of Belgium, under Hubert Pierlot , escaped to form a government in exile.

After the defeat in , significant numbers of Belgian soldiers and civilians managed to escape to Britain to join the Belgian army in Exile. Belgian soldiers formed the 1st Belgian Infantry Brigade , which also included a battery of soldiers from Luxembourg, more often known as the Brigade Piron after its commanding officer, Jean-Baptiste Piron.

The Brigade Piron was involved in the Normandy Invasion and the battles in France and the Netherlands until liberation. Belgians also served in British special forces units during the war, forming a troop of No.

Two Belgian squadrons, amounting to over pilots, served in the Royal Air Force during the war, both and Squadrons , which claimed over 50 'kills'. Two Corvettes and a group of Minesweepers were also operated by the Belgians during the Battle of the Atlantic , comprising some men in [98]. A significant contribution was made by the Belgian Congo.

Congolese soldiers of the Force Publique were involved in fighting with Italian forces during the East African Campaign. Congolese soldiers also served in the Middle East and Burma. Belgium was run by a Germany military government between its surrender and liberation in September The former fort at Breendonk , near Mechelen was requisitioned by the Nazis and used for detainment and interrogation of Jews, political prisoners and captured members of the resistance.

Of the 3, incarcerated in Breendonk between —44, 1, died. In , nearly 70, Jews were living in Belgium. Of these, 46 percent were deported from the Mechelen transit camp , while a further 5, people were deported via the Drancy internment camp close to Paris.

From the summer of until , twenty-eight transports left Belgium carrying 25, Jews and Roma to eastern Europe. Their destination was often Auschwitz Death Camp. Over the course of the war, 25, Jews were transported including 5, children and Roma over the Mechelen-Leuven railway to concentration camps.

Only 1, returned home alive at the end of the war. Resistance against the German occupiers of Belgium can be seen at all levels and from all quarters of the political spectrum, but was highly fragmented.

However, there were also other groups like Groupe G which had no obvious political affiliation. Resistance to the occupiers chiefly came in the form of helping allied airmen escape, and numerous lines were set up to organise this, for instance the Comet line which evacuated an estimated 14, allied airmen to Gibraltar. There was also significant low-level resistance, for instance in June , the City Council of Brussels refused to distribute Stars of David badges.

During the period of Nazi occupation, some Belgians collaborated with their occupiers. There were pro-Nazi political organizations in both Flemish and Walloon communities before and during the war. These organisations were also fundamental to encouraging Belgians to enlist into the German army.

Some organisations, like Verdinaso appealed directly to Flemish separatist ideologies, though they did not become very popular.

After the war, many of those who had collaborated — including many of the guards at Fort Breendonk — were tried, imprisoned or shot. Belgium was liberated late in by Allied forces, including British , Canadian , and American armies, including the Brigade Piron. On 3 September the Welsh Guards liberated Brussels. The British Second Army seized Antwerp on 4 of September , and the First Canadian Army began conducting combat operations around the port that same month.

Antwerp became a highly prized and heavily fought-over objective because its deep-water port was necessary to keep the allied armies supplied. The Battle of the Scheldt in October was fought primarily on Dutch soil, but with the objective of opening the way for boats to Antwerp. The port city was also the ultimate objective of German armies during the Ardennes Offensive which resulted in heavy fighting on Belgian soil during the winter of —5.

Following liberation, large numbers of Belgians who had remained in the country during the occupation were mobilised into the Belgian army in 57 "Fusilier Battalions". In particular, the Belgian public was concerned that he might be a collaborator with the Nazis. He had met Hitler in Berchtesgaden on November 19, and had even remarried to Lilian Baels during the war. Many Belgians, especially the Socialists, strongly opposed his return to power.

He was kept in exile in Switzerland until , while his brother Prince Charles presided as regent. A referendum was proposed in to solve the problem. However, it produced a very close result. The last Belgian soldiers left Germany in The European Defence Community planned in the early s would have involved Belgian soldiers, as well as soldiers from Germany , France and other Benelux countries.

Though the planned EDC was never actually realised, it was still responsible for a major re-organisation of the Belgian army along US Army lines.

Belgium was also involved in NATO. In , a unit of volunteers from the Belgian army was sent to fight for the United Nations in the Korean War against Chinese and North Korean troops. Over Belgians were killed in action during the conflict.

The last Belgian soldiers returned from Korea in On September 5, , the Benelux Customs Union was created. It entered into force in , and ceased to exist on 1 November , when it was replaced by the Benelux Economic Union after a treaty signed in The Hague on February 3, The Benelux Parliament was created in A central goal of the ERP was to promote the growth of productivity along the lines of American management and labor practices.

Obstacles arose which clearly limited its impact. The interest among some Belgian employers in increasing rates of productivity per worker was motivated by the rise in wage levels. But the Americans also intended to inject a new "spirit of productivity" in Belgian industries, which implied, among other measures, a reinforcement of structures of corporatist negotiation between the social partners at a local level.

The ambitions of the American strategy therefore extended beyond the defined goal of introducing a Fordist type of economic system with high wages, high productivity, and low prices to consumers. After the belated establishment of the Belgian Office for the Increase of Productivity in , the political character of the program became apparent. By incorporating American management principles, while at the same time decoding them and adapting them to the national situation, Belgian employers' organizations and trade unions skillfully exploited their position as intermediaries in order to appropriate the "modernist" label that they advocated.

The "policy of productivity" was successful for a certain time because it matched the contours of the evolution of social reforms in Belgium. This policy success, however, was rendered impotent by the failure of the economic dimension of the productivity campaigns. The Americans had in effect failed to recognize the structural importance of the major financial groups which dominated heavy industry in Belgium. By not adopting the American notions of productivity, and more generally by not carrying out any large-scale programs of innovation and investment in the key sectors that they controlled in the aftermath of the war, these holding companies greatly restricted the scope for American influence.

Aonsequently, it was by other means, such as the training of managers, that the American paradigms entered into Belgian economic culture. During the period —, Keynesian economic theory guided politicians throughout Western Europe and this was particularly influential in Belgium. After the war, the government cancelled Belgium's debts. In recent years, at least three historians viz. But Paul Heinegg's research showed that most mixed-race, free black families in the censuses of — were descended from unions between free white women and African men, whether free, indentured servant or slave, that took place in colonial Virginia.

It had half the slaves in the colonies at the time of the Revolution. In the early colonial years, the working class of indentured servants and slaves often worked and lived together. From the 17th century, Virginia and other colonies passed laws determining the social status of children born in the colonies. Under English common law in England, children of two English subjects took the status of the father. But Africans were never considered English subjects.

To settle the issue of the status of children born in the colony, Virginia passed a law in that ruled that children would take the status of their mother at birth, under the Roman legal principle known as partus sequitur ventrem. Thus all children born to enslaved mothers were legally slaves, regardless of the paternity or ancestry of their fathers. They were bound for life and could be sold like any slave unless formally freed.

The term "white slaves" was sometimes used for those mixed-race or mulatto slaves who had a visibly high proportion of European ancestry. Three of these mixed-race children passed easily into white society as adults Jefferson freed them all — two informally and two in his will. Not all white fathers abandoned their slave children; some provided them with education, apprenticeships, or capital; some wealthy planters sent their mixed-race children to the North for education and sometimes for freedom.

Some men freed both their slave mistresses and their mixed-race children, especially in the 20 years after the American Revolution, but southern legislatures made such manumissions more difficult.

Both Mary Chesnut and Fanny Kemble wrote in the 19th century about the scandal of white men having their mistresses and natural mixed-race children as part of their extended households. Numerous mixed-race families were begun before the Civil War, and many originated in the Upper South.

After slaves were emancipated, many states passed anti-miscegenation laws , which prohibited interracial marriage between whites and non-whites. But this did not stop white men from taking sexual advantage of black women by using their social positions of power under the Jim Crow system and white supremacy , or in other parts of the country by ordinary power and wealth dynamics.

For instance, in the 20th century future politician Strom Thurmond at age 21 had a sexual relationship with a year-old maid in his parents' household and she became pregnant. He did provide support for their daughter. The girl was officially raised by her maternal aunt and uncle, not learning about her biological parents until she was in her late teens. She met Thurmond, but said nothing publicly about her status as his daughter until after Thurmond's death.

With his family's agreement, her name has been added as one of his children on his memorial. Zora Neale Hurston wrote about contemporary sexual practices in her anthropological studies in the s of the turpentine camps of North Florida.

She noted that white men with power often forced black women into sexual relationships. Although she never named the practice as "paramour rights," author C. Leroy Adams, in Live Oak, Florida , in She said he had forced her into sex and bearing his child.

The Chinese Tanka females were sold from Guangzhou to work as prostitutes for the overseas Chinese male community in the United States. They sold the girls into sexual slavery within the red light district of San Francisco. Many of these girls were forced into opium addiction and lived their entire lives as prostitutes. The leaders of the Wehrmacht became interested in running their own brothels when sexual disease spread among the soldiers.

In the controlled brothels, the women were checked frequently to avoid and treat sexually transmittable infections STI. It is estimated that a minimum of 34, women from occupied states were forced to work as prostitutes during the Third Reich.

On 3 May the Foreign Ministry of the Polish government-in-exile issued a document describing the mass Nazi raids made in Polish cities with the goal of capturing young women, who later were forced to work in brothels used by German soldiers and officers. Women often tried to escape from such facilities, with at least one mass escape known to have been attempted by women in Norway. The term refers to the women, from occupied countries, who were forced to serve as sex slaves in the Japanese army's camps during World War II.

Estimates vary as to how many women were involved, with numbers ranging from as low as 20, from some Japanese scholars to as high as , from some Chinese scholars. They were often recruited by kidnapping or deception to serve as sex slaves. For three years of service — the average — a comfort girl would have been raped 7, times. Chuo University professor Yoshiaki Yoshimi states there were about 2, centers where as many as , Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Taiwanese, Burmese, Indonesian, Dutch and Australian women were interned and used as sex slaves.

The RAA established its first brothel on 28 August: By December , the RAA owned 34 facilities, 16 of which were "comfort stations". The total number of prostitutes employed by the RAA amounted to 55, at its peak. During the Korean War , the South Korean military institutionalized a "special comfort unit" similar to the one used by the Japanese military during World War II, kidnapping and pressing several North Korean women into sexual slavery.

Until recently, very little was known about this apart from testimonies of retired generals and soldiers who had fought in the war. In February , Korean sociologist Kim Kwi-ok wrote the first scholarly work on Korea's comfort women through official records. The South Korean "comfort" system was organized around three operations. Second, there were mobile units of comfort women that visited barracks. Third, there were prostitutes who worked in private brothels that were hired by the military.

Although it is still not clear how recruitment of these comfort women were organized in the South, South Korean agents were known to have kidnapped some of the women from the North. According to anthropologist Chunghee Sarah Soh , the South Korean military's use of comfort women has produced "virtually no societal response," despite the country's women's movement's support for Korean comfort women within the Japanese military.

Both Kim and Soh argue that this system is a legacy of Japanese colonialism, as many of Korea's army leadership were trained by the Japanese military.

Both the Korean and Japanese militaries referred to these comfort women as "military supplies" in official documents and personal memoirs. The South Korean armed forces also used the same arguments as the Japanese military to justify the use of comfort women, viewing them as a "necessary social evil" that would raise soldiers' morale and prevent rape. Official estimates of individuals in sexual slavery worldwide vary. In Africa the colonial powers abolished slavery in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

However, in areas outside their jurisdiction, such as the Mahdist empire in Sudan , the practice continued to thrive. Institutional slavery has been banned worldwide, but there are numerous reports of women sex slaves in areas without effective government control, such as Sudan, [] Liberia , [] Sierra Leone , [] northern Uganda , [] Congo , [] Niger [] and Mauritania.

More than 50 of them soon escaped, but the remainder have not been released. The San Francisco Chronicle reported in that in the 21st century, women, mostly from South America , Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, are trafficked into the United States for the purposes of sexual slavery. In the United States State Department estimated that 50, to , women and girls are trafficked each year into the United States.

In , the State Department report estimated that a total of 18, to 20, individuals were trafficked into the United States for either forced labor or sexual exploitation. The June report estimated the total trafficked annually at between 14, and 17, However, in the seven years since the law was passed, the administration has identified only 1, victims of human trafficking brought into the United States since , nowhere near the 50, or more per year the government had estimated.

Poverty and a lack of education play major roles in the lives of many women in the sex industry. According to a report conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, anywhere from , up to , American children at any given time may be at risk of exploitation due to factors such as drug use, homelessness, or other factors connected with increased risk for commercial sexual exploitation. The Trafficking in Persons report described the United States as, "a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced labor, debt bondage, and forced prostitution.

Sex trafficking in the United States may be present in Asian massage parlors , Mexican cantina bars, residential brothels, or street-based pimp -controlled prostitution. The anti-trafficking community in the United States is debating the extent of sexual slavery. Some groups argue that exploitation is inherent in the act of commercial sex , while other groups take a stricter approach to defining sexual slavery, considering an element of force, fraud or coercion to be necessary for sex slavery to exist.

The prostitutes in illegal massage parlors may be forced to work out of apartment complexes for many hours a day. In huge debt to their 'owners', they are forced to earn enough to eventually "buy" their freedom.

It concludes that individuals in society need to be alert to report suspicious behavior, because the psychological and physical abuse occurs which can often leave a victim unable to escape on their own. In Congress created the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act with tougher punishments for sex traffickers. It provides for the possibility for former sex slaves to obtain a T-1 visa.

This has been described by numerous former members as sexual slavery, and was reported as such by the Sydney Morning Herald , [] [] One former resident of Yearning for Zion , Kathleen Mackert, stated: In January , the Supreme Court of India stated that India is "becoming a hub" for large-scale child prostitution rackets. It suggested setting up of a special investigating agency to tackle the growing problem. An article about the Rescue Foundation in New Internationalist magazine states that "according to Save the Children India, clients now prefer to year-old girls".

In , the Ministry of Women and Child Development estimated that there are around 2. In Pakistan, young girls have been sold by their families to big-city brothel owners.

Often this happens due to poverty or debt, whereby the family has no other way to raise the money than to sell the young girl. Sex slaves are reportedly also bought by 'agents' in Afghanistan who trick young girls into coming to Pakistan for well-paying jobs.

Once in Pakistan they are taken to brothels called kharabat and forced into sexual slavery, some for many years. Earlier reports, however, suggest different figures. Part of the challenge in quantifying and eliminating sexual slavery in Thailand and Asia generally is the high rate of police corruption in the region.

There are documented cases where Thai and other area law enforcement officials worked with human traffickers, even to the extent of returning escaped child sex slaves to brothels. Ethnic Rohingya women are kidnapped by Myanmar military and used as sex slave [] Many Rohingya women were detained at a human trafficking syndicate transit camp in Padang Besar, Thailand, were treated like sex slaves. In the Netherlands , the Bureau of the Dutch Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings in estimated that there are from 1, to 7, trafficking victims a year.

Most police investigations relate to legal sex businesses, with all sectors of prostitution being well represented, but with window brothels being particularly overrepresented. Of reported victims, those from Hungary were all female and all forced into prostitution.

In Germany, the trafficking of women from Eastern Europe is often organized by people from that same region. German authorities identified sex-trafficking victims in , compared with in In Greece , according to NGO estimates in , there may be a total 13,—14, trafficking victims of all types in the country at any given time. In Switzerland , the police estimated in that there may be between 1, and 3, victims of all types of human trafficking. In Belgium , in , prosecutors handled a total of trafficking cases, including economic exploitation and sexual exploitation cases.

In the same year, the federal judicial police handled trafficking files, compared with in In the police arrested persons for smuggling and trafficking-related crimes. In Austria, Vienna has the largest number of reported trafficking cases, although trafficking is also a problem in urban centers such as Graz, Linz, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. In Spain , in , officials identified 1, sex trafficking victims and labor trafficking victims. In the digital magazine Dabiq , ISIL claimed religious justification for enslaving Yazidi women whom they consider to be from a heretical sect.

ISIL claimed that the Yazidi are idol worshipers and their enslavement part of the old shariah practice of spoils of war. Selling women and children still occurs in the Middle East.

The transfer of money, as the reporter discovered, takes place through a liaison office in Turkey". In November it was reported that "around 2, women and girls are still being bought and sold in ISIS-controlled areas. The young become sex slaves and older women are beaten and used as house slaves, according to survivors and accounts from ISIS militants". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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