UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Belgium and the Semantic Flux of Flemish, French and Flemings

Walker, Julian; Declercq, Christophe; (2016) Belgium and the Semantic Flux of Flemish, French and Flemings. In: Walker, Julian and Declercq, Christophe, (eds.) Languages and the First World War: Communicating in a Transnational War. (pp. 159-172). Palgrave Macmillan: London, United Kindom. Green open access

[img]
Preview
Text
Declercq_Languages and the First World War_Book.Chpater.pdf - Accepted version

Download (88kB) | Preview

Abstract

With the outbreak of war, Britain drastically altered its image of Belgium. Under Leopold II, Belgium had become a colonial power of note, especially in Africa from the 1880s onwards (Bandeira Jeronimo and Costa Pinto 2015; Poddar, Patke and Jensen 2008). However, in Britain the disgraceful and inhumane rule of Belgium over its colonies was exposed in reports by Roger Casement and Edmund Dene Morel. As a consequence relations between Britain and Belgium had become sour in the first years of the twentieth century. Although they improved after the death of Leopold II in 1909, the public image of Belgium still had to undergo a dramatic change in order to move from the oppressor to the oppressed in August 1914. However, the image of Belgium continued to be a difficult one to grasp for the British, not least in newspaper articles on Belgians. This paper covers insight into the at times awkward under- standing by the British of Belgian matters during the war, taking into account also the preceding confused impressions and how these were met by the Belgians in Britain.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Belgium and the Semantic Flux of Flemish, French and Flemings
ISBN-13: 9781137550293
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/9781137550309
Publisher version: http://www.palgrave.com/la/book/9781137550293
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS > Translation Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1526900
Downloads since deposit
68Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item