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Continuity and discontinuity of the constitutional monarchy from a transnational perspective: the Netherlands-Belgium (1815-1830)

Gita Deneckere (UGent)
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The constitutional monarchy as an essential 'modern' state form of the restoration period was intended to restore order and stability in Europe. In this respect, there is more of a break than continuity between the constitutional model that William I introduced in 1814-1815 and the constitutional monarchy to which Leopold I, the first king of the Belgians, had to subject himself in 1831. The specific authoritarian interpretation that William I gave to his function was one of the factors that helps to explain the Belgian revolution. It is therefore logical that the revolution, as such, produced a constitution that firstly, in general was far more democratic and, secondly, specifically restricted the power of the king. The new Belgian constitutional monarchy of 1830-1831 did not keep William l's 'heritage' intact: on the contrary, the constitutional definition of kingship in Belgium, for that time, was an ultra-liberal, modern answer to the 'William I system'.

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Chicago
Deneckere, Gita. 2015. “Continuity and Discontinuity of the Constitutional Monarchy from a Transnational Perspective: The Netherlands-Belgium (1815-1830).” Bmgn-the Low Countries Historical Review 130 (4): 121–131.
APA
Deneckere, Gita. (2015). Continuity and discontinuity of the constitutional monarchy from a transnational perspective: the Netherlands-Belgium (1815-1830). BMGN-THE LOW COUNTRIES HISTORICAL REVIEW, 130(4), 121–131.
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Deneckere G. Continuity and discontinuity of the constitutional monarchy from a transnational perspective: the Netherlands-Belgium (1815-1830). BMGN-THE LOW COUNTRIES HISTORICAL REVIEW. 2015;130(4):121–31.
MLA
Deneckere, Gita. “Continuity and Discontinuity of the Constitutional Monarchy from a Transnational Perspective: The Netherlands-Belgium (1815-1830).” BMGN-THE LOW COUNTRIES HISTORICAL REVIEW 130.4 (2015): 121–131. Print.
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  abstract     = {The constitutional monarchy as an essential 'modern' state form of the restoration period was intended to restore order and stability in Europe. In this respect, there is more of a break than continuity between the constitutional model that William I introduced in 1814-1815 and the constitutional monarchy to which Leopold I, the first king of the Belgians, had to subject himself in 1831. The specific authoritarian interpretation that William I gave to his function was one of the factors that helps to explain the Belgian revolution. It is therefore logical that the revolution, as such, produced a constitution that firstly, in general was far more democratic and, secondly, specifically restricted the power of the king. The new Belgian constitutional monarchy of 1830-1831 did not keep William l's 'heritage' intact: on the contrary, the constitutional definition of kingship in Belgium, for that time, was an ultra-liberal, modern answer to the 'William I system'.},
  author       = {Deneckere, Gita},
  issn         = {0165-0505},
  journal      = {BMGN-THE LOW COUNTRIES HISTORICAL REVIEW},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {121--131},
  title        = {Continuity and discontinuity of the constitutional monarchy from a transnational perspective: the Netherlands-Belgium (1815-1830)},
  volume       = {130},
  year         = {2015},
}

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