The liberal and Catholic origins of the Belgian Constitution

A recent volume makes the case for a revision of the standing interpretation of sovereignty in the Belgian Constitution. The book is the result of a four-years’ interdisciplinary collaboration between philosophers, lawyers, historians and political scientists to establish a historically and intellectually sound reinterpretation of sovereignty, and to formulate scenarios for political renewal in Belgium.  In today’s post, historian Stefaan Marteel considers the ideas of the liberals and Catholics who opposed the government of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, in the years preceding the Belgian Revolution.

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