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

23 June 2017
Ali Aljasem, Conflict Studies and Human Rights student, has been nominated for the ECHO Award 2017.
Val van de Berlijnse Muur (1989). Bron: Wikimedia Commons
31 May 2017
The conference ‘1989 and the West. New Perspectives on the End of the Cold War’, was organised by Eleni Braat and Pepijn Corduwener.
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.
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Events

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4 July 2017 12:45 - 14:00
On 4 July Wenjun Yu will defend her PhD thesis on human rights, citizenship, state sovereignty and political action in Mao's China (1949-1976).
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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