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Netherlands, The
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I. General

The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy in northwest Europe. The name Netherlands is attested since the Roman period, but originally only in the sense of a flat landscape (cf. the Low Countries). Today the name is generally understood to denote the kingdom of the Netherlands (formerly the “Northern Netherlands”), no longer including what today is the kingdom of Belgium (formerly the “Southern Netherlands”).

The original inhabitants of the Netherlands were Ce…

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Plasger, Georg, “Netherlands, The”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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