The Low Countries and the Concert of Nations. Contributions to European Culture
(R.C. Van Caenegem) THE LOW COUNTRIES - 2016, № 24, PP. 188-199
Appraising the specific contribution of the Low Countries to European civilization in areas stretching from philosophy and theology to the fine arts and constitutional law, the author distinguishes three categories of achievement: where they underperformed he calls their role ‘average’, where they contributed significantly without being exceptional he speaks of a ‘distinguished’ role, but where their performance was superior and changed the face of Europe, he calls it ‘outstanding’. Only in the visual arts and the art of government (federalism and republicanism) the Low Countries perform in an outstanding way.