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.


Damascus, Syrië ©
1 March 2019
On February 27, dr. Ugur Üngör (Political history) spoke in Trouw’s deVerdieping on the construction of a war archive for Syria.
Devastation in conflict areas. Source:
17 January 2019
On 27 December online magazine Foreign Policy published an article in which Ugur Üngör tells about his Syria Oral History Project.
17 December 2018
This year Brill published 'Feasting and Polis Institutions' by Floris van den Eijnde.


2 April 2019 19:00 - 21:30
On 2 April, the Future of Citizen-based Initiatives (FOCI) Hub organizes a Pop Up Event concerning the Gilets Jaunes movement.
Areas of expertise: political institutions | political violence | reforms | revolution | war and peace processes | Holocaust | genocide | democracy | citizenship | welfare state | nation-building