In recent years, Belgium has been confronted with one political and economic whirlwind after another. This book offers an in-depth look at the historical processes that shaped Belgium into the country it is today. The classic fault lines (solidarity, pluralism and language) are discussed, but also core themes such as democracy, prosperity, migration and Europe are explained in clear texts, historical images and playful infographics. These seven main lines of Belgian history are still relevant today. This book explains the links between present and past, and is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in Belgian history.