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.


23 August 2019
Beatrice de Graaf and Kees van den Bos spoke in the Dutch newspaper NRC about the ideology of a terrorist.
12 July 2019
Ali Aljasem published an article in 'The Guardian' about the war in Syria.
8 July 2019
Last month '1989 and the West. Western Europe since the End of the Cold War' was published by Routledge.


 karim manjra /
15 October 2019 20:00 - 21:30
After 1989, liberal democracies were set to become the standard form of government. Now they are in jeopardy throughout Europe and the US. What went wrong?
Val van de Berlijnse Muur (1989)
9 November 2019 11:00 - 17:00
International scholars shed a new light on the fall of the Berlin Wall and developments that preceded and followed it.
Areas of expertise: political parties | political violence | political ideas | reforms | revolution | war and peace processes | Holocaust | genocide | democracy | citizenship | welfare state | nation-building