Modern history conventionally includes the period from the French Revolution to the most recent decades.
The growth of disciplinary power thus coincided with new individual and collective freedoms; a widespread belief in progress was accompanied by an equally prominent obsession with the past; European predominance soon led to anti-colonial nationalism. Such tensions and paradoxes make studying modern history fascinating in its own right as well as invaluable for understanding present-day culture, society and politics.
Modern historians at the University of Amsterdam work on crucial issues of the period from the late eighteenth century to the end of the Cold War. Their interests comprise:
In pursuing these interests and approaches, the historians contribute to several important debates pertaining to Dutch, German and French history. These activities continue to result in a strong presence both nationally and internationally, within the historical discipline and beyond it.
Teaching is organised thematically, addressing the crucial dimensions of European and global history, such as:
Our teaching constantly incorporates new trends in international historical research.