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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28 October 2019
Laurien Crump writes about the fall of the Berlin Wall in the Clingendael Spectator.
24 October 2019
On 17 October, Brill published "The Citizenship Experiment" by Dr René Koekkoek, in which he explores the fate of citizenship ideals in the Age of Revolutions.
15 October 2019
In the midst of all the political chaos, climate change issues seem to have fallen by the wayside. Unjustifiably so, says Liesbeth van de Grift.


4 December 2019 15:30 - 17:00
In this lecture, Wolfram Kaiser will reflect on the evolving nature of the governance of European integration as the result of a continuing “clash of cultures.”
6 December 2019 09:00 - 17:00
This one-day international and multidisciplinary conference will assess the EU’s Treaty of Lisbon, which has its 10th anniversary.
Areas of expertise: political parties | political violence | political ideas | reforms | revolution | war and peace processes | Holocaust | genocide | democracy | citizenship | welfare state | nation-building