The Political History section studies political and social relations from the Early Modern period until the present day. We take a broad perspective on these relations, ranging from petitions, social movements and political parties to mass killings and ethnic cleansing.

The expertise of the Utrecht-based political historians comprises - among other things - the emergence, transformation, collapse and reconstruction of political institutions; nation and state building; historical developments in citizenship; the historical roots and current problems of democracy and the welfare state; and the changing character of political violence and its afterlife.

Central research themes