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.
How can current social and political issues be interpreted in a historical context?
20 December 2016
The projects will be on property, power, markets, knowledge in Indonesia, and about language: meaning, time, language development and African drum language.
17 October 2016
The research group Microcosms of the Holocaust aims to push forward microhistorical approaches in the field of Holocaust Studies.
13 September 2016
Pepijn Corduwener deconstructs the myth of the quick emergence of one consensual Western European model of democracy after 1945.
Areas of expertise: political institutions | political violence | reforms | revolution | war and peace processes | Holocaust | genocide | democracy | citizenship | welfare state | nation-building