With the contributions of Birgit Cleppe, Georges Declercq, Marie-Christine Lalemand, Pieter Uyttenhove and Anne-Laure Van Bruaene. The history of Ghent fires the imagination. The city expanded from Celtic settlements at the confluent of the Lys and Escaut rivers. In the Middle Ages, it grew to become the greatest city of the Low Countries. Its clothing industry secured its reputation throughout Europe. After a brief Calvinist spell, the city slowly declined until the late 18th century, when the cotton industry made Ghent into one of the first industrial cities of the continent. Today, Ghent prospers, mainly thanks to its port and university. Seeing that the reference book, Gand. Apologie dune ville rebelle has been unavailable for many years, the time had come to publish a new synthesis. More than a history book, Gand. Ville de tous les temps is a topical guidebook designed to read the citys history. Its authors start off from the contemporary urban space the streets, the universitys four towers, and the typically Ghent traces of rich past and the typically traces of a rich past the Gentse Feesten, the swearwords and the songs, the Stroppendragers (slipknot bearers) and other urban legends and take the reader on a historic journey through a city that has become an imaginary museum. This richly illustrated new synthesis is published in three languages. Historian Marc Boone specializes in urban history and political history of the early Middle Ages. He works as a professor at the Ghent University and as a guest professor at the Sorbonne and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences sociales at the Université de Dijon. He presides over the Maatschappij voor Geschiedenis en Oudheidkunde, the European Association for Urban History and is a member of the Académie royale (class of Human sciences). Gita Deneckere teaches contemporary social history at the Ghent University. In 1993, she supported a thesis on the social history and collective action in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her research articulates on the issues of the history of power and emancipation. She has published various books on Belgian history. Along with Bruno De Wever, she heads the l’Instituut voor Publieksgeschiedenis. To be released on the occasion of the opening of the Museum STAM in Ghent (October the 9th).