A Tribal Trinity: The Rise and Fall of the Franks, the Frisians and the Saxons in the Historical Consciousness of the Netherlands since 1850

@article{Beyen2000ATT,
  title={A Tribal Trinity: The Rise and Fall of the Franks, the Frisians and the Saxons in the Historical Consciousness of the Netherlands since 1850},
  author={Marnix Beyen},
  journal={European History Quarterly},
  year={2000},
  volume={30},
  pages={493 - 532}
}
  • Marnix Beyen
  • Published 1 October 2000
  • Sociology
  • European History Quarterly
In the late nineteenth century, it became common to consider the Franks, the Frisians and the Saxons, three Gemanic tribes believed to have settled in the Netherlands during the Early Middle Ages, as the oldest ancestors of the Dutch people. The success of this historical theme was partly due to evolutions in the human sciences, which during that same period were stronglyinfluenced by a tribal paradigm. Being politically and geographically inclusive and leaving at the same time space for… 
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