René Vermeir is full professor at the History Department of Ghent University. He is MA in Roman Philology (1987) and MA in History (1990), and obtained his PhD degree in History with a thesis about the government of the Habsburg Netherlands in the second quarter of the 17th century (Ghent University, 1998). The Spanish version of the PhD was published in Cordoba, 2006 (En estado de guerra. Felipe IV y Flandes, 1629-1648). His main research interest is in early modern political and diplomatic history, with a special focus on the Low Countries and the Spanish empire in the 16th and 17th centuries.