How can current social and political issues be interpreted in a historical context?

The Political History section studies political and social relations from the Early Modern period until the present day. We conduct research into various aspects of these relations, ranging from peaceful negotiations between citizens to genocidal violence, and including intermediate forms such as political reforms, changes of regime, revolutions, and wars. Our particular interest lies in long-term developments, the study of which enables us to connect the past with present-day political issues. With this broad field of expertise the Political History section also contributes to the education offered by the Department of History and Art History, both in Bachelor’s, Minor’s and Master’s programmes.


Bron: Wikimedia/John Warwick Brooke
8 November 2018
Beatrice the Graaf highlights the continuation of large scale violence on the edges of Europe after 1918 in her column on
29 October 2018
The Wall Street Journal selected five best books on the cost of courage under Nazism.
De voormalige Dutchbat-basis in Potocari/Srebrenica
9 July 2018
Ahead of the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica massacres, questions have been raised about whether the verdicts so far are logical.


Koningin Wilhelmina (1931) en ex-keizer Wilhelm II in Doorn (1933)
24 November 2018 10:00 - 16:00
On Saturday November 24, a symposium on Wilhelmina and the arrival of Wilhelm II in the Netherlands will be held in Amerongen Castle
28 November 2018 14:30 - 15:30
On 28 November Peter de Werd will defend his PhD thesis 'Critical Intelligence: Analysis by Contrasting Narratives'.
Prof. dr. Annelien de Dijn. Foto: Ed van Rijswijk
7 December 2018 16:15 - 17:15
Annelien de Dijn will address ‘Freedom and Equality in the Atlantic Revolutions’ during her inaugural lecture.
Areas of expertise: political institutions | political violence | reforms | revolution | war and peace processes | Holocaust | genocide | democracy | citizenship | welfare state | nation-building