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.

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8 July 2019
Last month '1989 and the West. Western Europe since the End of the Cold War' was published by Routledge.
French conquest of Constantine 1837 (Algeria) by Horace Vernet (1789-1863). Source: Wikimedia
17 June 2019
For his paper 'No Security, Except in Destruction: Transnational Threats, International Anxieties and the French Invasion of Algiers'.
3 June 2019
On 6 June this book by David Onnekink and Gijs Rommelse will be published by Cambridge University Press.
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Areas of expertise: political parties | political violence | political ideas | reforms | revolution | war and peace processes | Holocaust | genocide | democracy | citizenship | welfare state | nation-building