The History of International Relations section offers teaching programmes and conducts research into the developments in the international political systems from the early modern period until the present day.

The overarching research questions are how Europeanisation and globalisation have changed over time, how they affected democracy and the rule of law; how the position of the Netherlands in the world adapted to these changes; and how conflict, war, terrorism and violence determine the international (interstate) system, its security and institutions.


15 August 2017
This book argues that the ability to adapt, innovate and learn from the past is crucial for the success of intelligence organizations. Co-edited by Eleni Braat.
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28 July 2017
Open Access journal Early Modern Low Countries (EMLC) offers a home to state-of-the-art academic scholarship on any aspect of the early modern Low Countries.
28 July 2017
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to 7 researchers from the faculty of Humanities.


Colton's Map of The World on Mercator's Projection.
25 September 2017 09:30 - 27 September 2017 16:00
The aim of the colloquium is to historicise security in the nineteenth century with a select group of invited speakers from around the world.
De Vliegende Hollander helpt Indie bevrijden
6 October 2017 13:15 - 17:00
The seminar serie Spores of Emire: Dutch Culture and its imperial archive addresses specific manifestations and media of cultural transfer in the Netherlands.
8 November 2017 - 10 November 2017
This conference investigates the way cultures on both sides of the northern Atlantic perceived, represented, interacted with, and changed each other.
Areas of expertise: international relations | European integration | institutions | law | human rights | globalisation | global governance | conflicts and war | terrorism | security | intelligence