My research and publications have been driven by a number of overlapping interests in European history from roughly the 1930s to the 1960s. One central element of that interest has been the history of Belgium, which has been much overlooked in the historiography of the twentieth century, but which provides a fascinating example of the interplay of factors of class, of ideology and of linguistic identity. I have published two books on Belgium, most recently (in 2012) 'The Sorrows of Belgium,' and am continuing with research on its post-1945 history, most notably the so-called question royale and the history of the working class.

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