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.

News

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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.
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28 July 2017
In a blog for the Peace Palace Library, Ugur Ümit Üngör compares Syria and Iraq with Timothy Snyder's theory of the European bloodlands between 1933 and 1945.
28 July 2017
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to 7 researchers from the faculty of Humanities.
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Events

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.
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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.
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Areas of expertise: political institutions | political violence | reforms | revolution | war and peace processes | Holocaust | genocide | democracy | citizenship | welfare state | nation-building