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dr. R.J. (Robin) de Bruin

Moderne Europese Geschiedenis
Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies
Photographer: J.N. Pattij

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Room number: F2.01C
Postal address
  • Postbus 1619
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profiel

    Courses 2019/2020

    The Ordering of Europe in the 20th and 21st Century (Ba)

    Het ordenen van Europa in de 20e en 21e eeuw (Ba)

    Uniting Europe: contested identities and ideas for integration (Ma)

    European Integration (Ba)

    Europese integratie (Ba)

    Staatsmacht en individu (Ba)

    Democracy in the European Union (Ma)

    Research and teaching areas

    Robin de Bruin lectures Modern European History at the European Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam. He is a delegate of the examinations board and a member of the programme committee of the European Studies programme. He has published on European integration history, Europeanisation and domestic change, decolonisation and European integration, the history of technocratic governance, and Nazi rule in Europe. In the (recent) past, he taught courses on the history of political parties, perpetrators of the Holocaust, extra parliamentary political movements in the 1960s and 1970s, “World History” and historiography. He currently teaches courses about European integration history, the history of the idea of Europe, modern imperialism and decolonisation, democracy in the European Union, “mental maps” of modern Europe, and (anti-)statism. His fields of interest are:

    the history of politics: the transformation of the European idea, conservative Europeanism, (neo-)imperialism and European integration, romantic internationalism, (neo-)corporatism, technocratic ideology.

    cultural history: work ethic in Europe in the 19th and 20th century, cultural "nationalism", the biography as a historical genre.

    Information: Eurocentrism in European History and Memory

    Publications: journal articles, book chapters - academic, refereed

    • "Introduction," (co-authored with Marjet Brolsma and Matthijs Lok), in Marjet Brolsma, Robin de Bruin & Matthijs Lok (eds.), Eurocentrism in European History and Memory, Amsterdam, AUP, 2019, pp. 11-21.
    • "Indonesian Decolonisation and the Dutch Attitude Towards the Establishment of the EEC’s Association Policy, 1945-1963," Journal of European Integration History, Vol. 23, 2017, 2, pp. 211-226, 334-335. [journal article, academic refereed]
    • ""Gelovige ambachtslieden, bezig met een nuchter handwerk." De Nederlandse identificatie met Europese integratie in de jaren vijftig," (with an abstract in English: ""Faithful artisans doing respectable work." The Dutch identification with the process of European integration in the 1950s," one in a series of discussion articles on "New Political History and the European Union" by Robin de Bruin, Liesbeth van de Grift, Karin van Leeuwen, Wim van Meurs, Anne-Isabelle Richard, Hans Rodenburg & Guus Wieman), Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, Vol. 130, 2017, 1, pp. 47-64. [journal article, academic refereed]
    • ""Europe" as a "Hothouse" for Dutch Domestic Politics, 1948-1967," in Lucia Bonfreschi, Giovanni Orsina & Antonio Varsori (eds.), European Parties and the European Integration Process, 1945–1992, Brussels, P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2015, pp. 337-348. [book chapter, academic refereed]
    • "Het nieuwe Europa. Hans Linthorst Homan, lid van de Hoge Autoriteit (1962-1967)," in Gerrit Voerman, Bert van den Braak and Carla van Baalen (eds.), De Nederlandse eurocommissarissen, Amsterdam, Boom, 2010, pp. 65-92. [book chapter, academic refereed] [Reviewed by Wim van Meurs, ETVT, Vol. 29, 2010, pp. 171-178; Annemarie van Heerikhuizen, “Spiegelruit aan diggelen,” Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, Vol. 124, 2011, 1, pp. 151-152.]
    • "The "Elastic" European Ideal in the Netherlands, 1948-1958. Images of a Future Integrated Europe and the Transformation of Dutch Politics," in Marloes Beers & Jenny Raflik (dir./eds.), Cultures Nationales et Identité Communautaire: un Défi pour l'Europe? / National Cultures and Common Identity. A Challenge for Europe?, Bruxelles/Brussels, P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2010, pp. 207-216. [book chapter, academic refereed]
    • "Dr. Hans Max Hirschfeld, man zonder moreel kompas? Over de ontsporing van beeldvorming," (with an abstract in English: "Dr Hans Max Hirschfeld: A Man without a Moral Compass? On Dislodging Perceptions ," one in a series of review articles by Hans Renders, Madelon de Keizer and Robin de Bruin about: Meindert Fennema & John Rhijnsburger, Dr. Hans Max Hirschfeld. Man van het grote geld, Amsterdam: Bert Bakker 2007), Bijdragen en Mededelingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden / The Low Countries Historical Review, Vol. 123, 2008, 3, pp. 433-445. [journal article, academic refereed] [Reply Meindert Fennema: “Hirschfeld als zondebok of heilige,” Bijdragen en Mededelingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden / The Low Countries Historical Review, Vol. 123, 2008, 3, pp. 446-452.]

    Download article: "Indonesian Decolonisation and the EEC's Association Policy"

    Download article: "Gelovige ambachtslieden, bezig met een nuchter handwerk" [with abstract in English]

    Download chapter: "Het nieuwe Europa"

    Download chapter: "The Elastic European Ideal in the Netherlands"

    Download article: "Dr. Hans Max Hirschfeld, man zonder moreel kompas?" [with abstract in English]

    Publications: books

    • Eurocentrism in European History and Memory, (co-edited with Marjet Brolsma and Matthijs Lok), Amsterdam, AUP, 2019, 248 pp.

    • Die Unvollendete. Eine Geschichte der Europäischen Union. Sonderausgabe Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, (co-authored with Wim van Meurs, Liesbeth van de Grift, Carla Hoetink, Karin van Leeuwen & Carlos Reijnen), trans. Gudrun Staedel-Schneider, Bonn, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 2018, 280 pp. [originally published as Europa in alle staten. Zestig jaar geschiedenis van de Europese integratie, Nijmegen, Vantilt, 2013]. [book, academic]

    • Die Unvollendete. Eine Geschichte der Europäischen Union, (co-authored with Wim van Meurs, Liesbeth van de Grift, Carla Hoetink, Karin van Leeuwen & Carlos Reijnen), trans. Gudrun Staedel-Schneider, Bonn, Dietz Verlag, 2018, 280 pp. [originally published as Europa in alle staten. Zestig jaar geschiedenis van de Europese integratie, Nijmegen, Vantilt, 2013]. [Reviewed by Gunther Hartwig, “Politisches Buch. Die Unvollendete Europäische Union,” Südwest Presse 24 July 2018; Albrecht Meier, “Die ewige Baustelle. Wim van Meurs und seine Autoren schauen ohne verklärenden Blick auf Europa,” Tagesspiegel 22 August 2018; Wilfried Loth, “Verwirrung und Inventarisierung,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 8 October 2018.] [book, academic]

    • The Unfinished History of European Integration, (co-authored with Wim van Meurs, Liesbeth van de Grift, Carla Hoetink, Karin van Leeuwen & Carlos Reijnen), trans. John Eyck, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2018, 332 pp. [originally published as Europa in alle staten. Zestig jaar geschiedenis van de Europese integratie, Nijmegen, Vantilt, 2013]. [Reviewed by Vladimir Bortun, “The Unfinished History of European Integration, by W. van Meurs, R. de Bruin, L. van de Grift, C. Hoetink, K. van Leeuwen and C. Reijnen (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018, ISBN 9789462988149); iv+328pp., €25.00 pb.,” Journal of Common Market Studies 57 (2019) 1, pp. 175-176; Kiran Klaus Patel, “Widening and deepening? Recent advances in European integration history,” Neue Politische Literatur 64 (2019) 2, pp. 327-357.] [book, academic]

    • Elastisch Europa. De integratie van Europa en de Nederlandse politiek, 1947-1968, Amsterdam, Wereldbibliotheek, 2014, 327 pp. [Reviewed by Caroline de Gruyter, “Alles om Europa niet in de marge te laten verdwijnen,” NRC Handelsblad 9 May 2014; Wim van Meurs, “Drie studies over Nederland en de Europese integratie,” in Carla van Baalen et al. (eds.), Het geld regeert. Jaarboek Parlementaire Geschiedenis 2014, Amsterdam, Boom, 2014, pp. 195-197; “Vovo”, “Boekrecensie – Elastisch Europa. De integratie van Europa en de Nederlandse politiek, 1947-1968 van Robin de Bruin,” http://www.pa-academie.nl/boekrecensie-elastisch-europa-robin-de-bruin/  (21 September 2015); Vincent Lagendijk, “Robin de Bruin, Elastisch Europa: de integratie van Europa en de Nederlandse politiek,” Journal of European Integration History, Vol. 22, 2016, 1, pp. 187-189; Marnix Beyen, “Robin de Bruin, Elastisch Europa. De integratie van Europa en de Nederlandse politiek, 1947-1968,” BMGN – The Low Countries Historical Review, Vol. 133, 2018, https://www.bmgn-lchr.nl/articles/10640/; Kiran Klaus Patel, “Widening and deepening? Recent advances in European integration history,” Neue Politische Literatur 64 (2019) 2, pp. 327-357.] Elastic Europe takes issue with the dominant "realist" and "neo-realist" views in Dutch historiography, in which European integration is considered as a specific form of foreign policy, in which a major role is attributed to national interests in the process of integration and which devalues the role of ideas and ideals in the integration process. The Dutch national interest certainly played a dominant role in the discourse of civil servants and ministers on the question of European integration, but within the political parties ideological arguments were emphasised.

    • Europa in alle staten. Zestig jaar geschiedenis van de Europese integratie, (co-authored with Wim van Meurs, Carla Hoetink, Karin van Leeuwen, Carlos Reijnen & Liesbeth van de Grift), Nijmegen, Vantilt, 2013. [book, academic], 3rd Prize Pademia [Parliamentary Democracy in Europe] teaching award 2016. [Reviewed by Tomas Vanheste, “Is Europa echt zo ondemocratisch?,” https://decorrespondent.nl/629/is-europa-echt-zo-ondemocratisch/29018286-bb3ce606 (21 January 2014); Mark Kranenburg, “Hoe lang blijven de burgers boos op Brussel? Lang, maar vergeefs,” NRC Handelsblad 31 January 2014; Hans van der Heijde, “Europa is een debat,” Leeuwarder Courant/Dagblad van het Noorden 14 November 2014; Kaat Teerlinck & Hendrik Vos, “Wim van Meurs (et al), Europa in alle staten. Zestig jaar geschiedenis van de Europese integratie (Nijmegen: Vantilt, 2013) 351 p. ISBN 978-94-6004-126-6,” Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, Vol. 11, 2014, 3, 196-198; Anne-Isabelle Richard, “Europese integratie verklaard,” Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, Vol. 128, 2015, 1, pp. 180-181; Steven Van Hecke, “Wim van Meurs e.a. (eds.), Europa in alle staten. Zestig jaar geschiedenis van de Europese integratie (Nijmegen: Vantilt, 2013),” BMGN – The Low Countries Historical Review, Vol. 130, 2015, http://www.bmgn-lchr.nl/articles/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.10119/; Kiran Klaus Patel, “Widening and deepening? Recent advances in European integration history,” Neue Politische Literatur 64 (2019) 2, pp. 327-357.]

    Information: Die Unvollendete

    Information: The Unfinished History of European Integration

    Download: leesfragment Elastisch Europa

    Download: leesfragment Europa in alle staten

    Publications: journal articles, book chapters - academic, non-refereed

    • "Projector or Projection Screen? The Portuguese Estado Novo and "Renewal" in the Netherlands (1933-1946)," in Carlos Reijnen & Marleen Rensen (eds.), European Encounters. Intellectual Exchange and the Rethinking of Europe 1914-1945 (European Studies. An Interdisciplinary Series in European Culture, History and Politics, 32), Amsterdam/New York, Rodopi, 2014, pp. 87-100. [book chapter, academic] [Reviewed by Dejan Lukić, “European encounters: Intellectual exchange and the rethinking of Europe 1914–1945,” European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire, Vol. 22, 2015, 6, pp. 999-1000, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13507486.2015.1074416; Rob Hartmans, “Het conservatieve Europa,” de Nederlandse Boekengids, Vol. 2, 2017, 4, pp. 40-41.]
    • "Dutch Politics in the 1950s and the Myth of Inevitable Europeanization," in Jolán Róka (ed.), Globalisation, Europeanization and Other Transnational Phenomena. Description, Analyses and Generalizations, Budapest, Századvég Kiadó, 2011, pp. 382-390. [book chapter, academic]
    • "Cees Hazenbosch en de "eeuwige beginselen van Gods woord." Antirevolutionaire beginselpolitiek en de integratie van Europa in de jaren vijftig," in G.J. Schutte et al. (eds.), Grenzeloos christelijk-sociaal. Internationale activiteiten van de Christelijk-Sociale Beweging. Cahier over de geschiedenis van de Christelijk-Sociale Beweging 8, Amsterdam/Utrecht, Uitgeverij Aksant/CNV, 2009, pp. 52-62. [book chapter, academic] [Reviewed by Patrick Pasture, Bijdragen en Mededelingen Betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden / The Low Countries Historical Review, Vol. 126, 2011, http://www.bmgn-lchr.nl/index.php/bmgn/article/download/URN%3ANBN%3ANL%3AUI%3A10-1-108514/7420/.]
    • "Het politieke compromis als exportartikel. De PvdA en de Europese dimensie van het streven naar vernieuwing (1948-1954)," Nieuwste Tijd. Kwartaalschrift voor Eigentijdse Geschiedenis, Vol. 4, 2005/2006, 3, pp. 41-49. [journal article, academic]
    • "Geobsedeerd door calorieën. Arie van der Zwans boek over Hirschfeld neigt naar karaktermoord," Biografie Bulletin, Vol. 15, 2005, 2, pp. 44-54, included in the Digital Library for Dutch Literature/digitale bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse letteren: http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/_bio001200501_01/_bio001200501_01_0029.php. [journal article, academic] [Reply Arie van der Zwan:  “Hirschfeld,” Biografie Bulletin, Vol. 15, 2005, 3, pp. 86-90.]

    Download chapter: "The Myth of Inevitable Europeanization"

    Download chapter: "Antirevolutionaire beginselpolitiek en de integratie van Europa"

    Publications: articles, book reviews - professional (selection)

    • "Een balans van vijf jaar Commissie-Juncker," (co-authored with Jamal Shahin), De Hofvijver, Vol. 8, 2018, 11, pp. 1-3. [journal article, professional]
    • "Alt-Right claims that would put the Soviets to shame. The alleged conspiracies of conservative reformers like count Coudenhove-Kalergi and the Bilderberg Group," EuroVisie. A Publication of the Study Association for European Studies, Vol. 13, 2017/2018, 2, pp. 28-31. [journal article, professional]
    • "De EU als Barbapapa," online magazine Waterstof. Bubbels voor progressief Nederland #72, October 2014. [journal article, professional]
    • "Met een geladen pistool naar Brussel," Jong in Europa, 28 April 2014. [webcontent, professional]
    • "De weg naar "Europa" van de "netwerker" Wim Beyen," in C.C. van Baalen et al. (eds.), De waan van de dag. Jaarboek Parlementaire Geschiedenis 2006, Amsterdam, Boom, 2006, pp. 188-189. [Review of: W.H. Weenink, Bankier van de wereld. Bouwer van Europa. Johan Willem Beyen 1897-1976, Amsterdam/Rotterdam, Prometheus/NRC Handelsblad, 2005.]
    • Review of: "A. van der Zwan, H.M. Hirschfeld. In de ban van de macht. Biografie, Amsterdam, J.M. Meulenhoff, 2004," Bijdragen en Mededelingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden / The Low Countries Historical Review, Vol. 121, 2006, 1, pp. 169-170.
    • Review of: "George Harinck, Roel Kuiper and Peter Bak (eds.), De Antirevolutionaire Partij 1829-1980, Hilversum, Verloren, 2001," Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire / Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Filologie en Geschiedenis, Vol. 83, 2005, 2, pp. 511-515.
    • "Eerste proefschrift programma De Natiestaat: Conservatieven in de negentiende eeuw," De Laatste Tijd. Nieuwsbrief van het Nederlands Centrum voor Contemporaine Geschiedenis, No.3, February 2001. [Review of: Ronald van Raak, In naam van het volmaakte. Conservatisme in Nederland in de negentiende eeuw van Gerrit Jan Mulder tot Jan Heemskerk Azn., Amsterdam, Wereldbibliotheek, 2001.]

    Download article: "Een balans van vijf jaar Commissie-Juncker"

    Download article: "Alt-Right claims that would put the Soviets to shame"

    Download article: "De EU als Barbapapa"

    Download article: "Met een geladen pistool naar Brussel"

    Download review of: A. van der Zwan, In de ban van de macht

    Download review of: George Harinck, Roel Kuiper en Peter Bak (eds.), De Antirevolutionaire Partij

    Lectures & conference papers (selection)

    • "Alt-Right theories about the alleged "cultural Marxist" agenda of the European political elites," international conference Counter-narratives to Regional Cooperation: Contesting European union, University of Duisburg-Essen 13-14 May 2019 (organisation Wolfram Kaiser & Richard McMahon, in cooperation with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen).
    • "Fear, nostalgia and federalism," talk as discussant in the panel on "Hope" at the workshop The Affective Glue of European Integration. The role of transnational political, religious, and economic networks and their shared emotional vocabulary in shaping European integration (1930-’57), Utrecht University 8-9 April 2019 (organisation Trineke Palm, Clemens van den Berg & Jorrit Steehouder).
    • "Resolved to share a peaceful future based on common values," invited lecture Europe as a values community. Strengthening the social democratic movement, with Frank VandenBroucke, Paul Tang, Klara Boonstra, Robin de Bruin, Erik Borgman, Henk van Houtum, Marjanne de Haan, Shivant Jhagroe & Jan Vos, ILRS Conference, Utrecht 27-29 September 2018.
    • "The Elastic Europe: the historical backgrounds of European multilateralism," invited keynote lecture Do we need international organisations? Current threats and challenges to multilateralism, with Robin de Bruin, Stefanie Schmahl & Loukas Tsoukalis, Council of Europe, Strasbourg 7 & 8 June 2018.
    • "Dutch high official Hans Max Hirschfeld (1899-1961) and the convenient marriage between colonialism and Saint-Simonian technocracy," Government by Expertise: Technocrats and Technocracy in Western Europe, 1914-1973. International conference of the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS Europe) in cooperation with the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam 13-15 September 2017 (conveners Camilo Erlichman & Peter Romijn).
    • "The creation of the European Common Market, the "Eurafrican relaunch" and the development of Dutch West New Guinea, 1956-1962," Origins, implementation and funding of European policies from the Schuman Plan to Maastricht. International conference of the European Union Liaison Committee of Historians in cooperation with the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon 8 May 2017 (organisation Alice Cunha).
    • "Dutch desires for a neocorporatist "Europe", 1950-1957," Capitalism, Crises and European Integration from 1945 to the present. First HEIRS-RICHIE Conference, EUI Florence 26-28 May 2016 (organisation Aurélie Andry, Haakon Ikonomou, Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol & Quentin Jouan).
    • "Dutch politicians and the growing sense of European decline in an ever closer and more connected world, ca. 1945-1965," From Empires to Empire? European Integration in Global Context, 1950s to 1990s, Freie Universität Berlin 7-9 April 2016 (organisation Wolfram Kaiser & Kiran Patel).
    • Mediator and example. The Netherlands’ self-perceived role as a guide country in postwar Western Europe," Recasting the History of Dutch Foreign Relations, 1814-2000, University of Amsterdam 17 March 2016 (organisation Ruud van Dijk, Samuël Kruizinga, Vincent Kuitenbrouwer & Rimko van der Maar).
    • "Elastisch Europa. De integratie van Europa en de Nederlandse politiek," Beeldvorming over Europa. Een paneldiscussie over het ideaalbeeld van destijds en de huidige realiteit, met Patrick Bijsmans, Robin de Bruin, Benjamin Dürr, Godelieve van Heteren, Hans Vollaard & Wim de Wagt,  Huis van Europa, The Hague 16 November 2015.
    • "Mediator and example. The Low Countries’ self-perceived role as a guide country in postwar Western Europe" (panel about "Mobilizing Culture after War in Twentieth-Century Europe"), Council for European Studies: Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures, Sciences Po, Paris 8-10 July 2015.
    • "Standbeeld of tijdsbeeld? Contextualisering in biografieën van "Europeanen"," Levend Europa. Europa vanuit biografisch perspectief. Afscheidssymposium dr. Anneke Ribberink, VU University, Amsterdam 17 December 2014.
    • "Europe as a "Greater Holland". European Integration and Dutch politics in the 1950s and 1960s," ACCESS EUROPE. European Identity and Culture lecture series, no. 2, with comments by discussants Meindert Fennema & Virginie Mamadouh, Amsterdam 8 October 2014.
    • "De Europese Unie, bemoeizuchtige superstaat of neoliberaal project?," (panel "NU! Populisme in de Europese verkiezingen, met: Carlos Reijnen, Sarah de Lange & Robin de Bruin"), Illustere school - Spui 25, Amsterdam 15 May 2014.
    • "Elastisch Europa," Broodje kennis - Spui 25, Amsterdam 13 May 2014.
    • "Postwar Ideological Convergence in Dutch Politics as a Form of Europeanization" (panel about "European integration as a cause for consensus or conflict in domestic politics, 1950-2010"), Council for European Studies: Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability, Amsterdam, June 25-27, 2013.
    • "Salazar’s Estado Novo as an Example for Socio-Economic and Political "Renewal" in the Netherlands, 1933-1941," Crisis and Mobilization since 1789. Second Conference of the International Scholars’ Network History of Societies and Socialisms (Hosas), International Institute of Social History Amsterdam 22-24 February 2013.
    • ""Europe" as a Hothouse for Dutch Domestic Politics, 1946-1968," European Political Cultures and Parties and the European Integration Process, 1945-1992, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca / University of Padua 10-12 November 2011.
    • "Dutch Politics in the 1950s and the Myth of Inevitable Europeanization," Globalization, Europeanization and Other Transnational Phenomena, Budapest College of Communication and Business 6-7 May 2011.
    • "The "Elastic" European Ideal. "Europe" as a Cause for Change in Dutch Domestic Politics, 1948-1963," Die Geschichte der Europäischen Union: Neue Forschungsansätze jenseits der Diplomatiegeschichte (Graduiertenkolleg Prof.Dr. Wolfram Kaiser, University of Portsmouth), Amsterdam Institute for German Studies 25 March 2011.
    • "Projector or Projection Screen? The Portuguese Estado Novo as an Example for Ideas on "Renewal" in the Netherlands, 1933-1946," European Encounters. Intellectual Exchange and the Rethinking of Europe (1918-1945), University of Amsterdam 27 & 28 January 2011.
    • "Transfer of Corporatism? Corporatism and "Renewal" in the Netherlands, 1939-1946," European Social Science and History Conference 2010, Ghent 13-17 April 2010.
    • "The "Elastic" European Ideal. Images in Dutch Politics of a Future Federal Europe, 1948-1958," Colloque RICHIE IV: Cultures Nationales et Identité Communautaire: un Défi pour l'Union européenne,  University of Cergy-Pontoise / University of Paris 1: Panthéon-Sorbonne 11-13 December 2008. [See: Marie Julie Chenard and Marloes Beers, “4th RICHIE Conference: “National Cultures and European Common Identity. A Challenge for the European Union” (11-13 December 2008),” Journal of European Integration History, Vol. 15, 2009, pp. 181-185.]
    • "Ideas of Europe in the Dutch Protestant Antirevolutionaire Partij and the Dutch Labour Party during the late 1940s and 1950s," European Identity and the Second World War, University of Amsterdam 10-11 December 2007.
    • "Europe and the Recovery of Justice: Post-War Dutch Political Visions," European Social Science and History Conference 2006, Amsterdam 22-25 March 2006.

    ‘Knowledge utilisation’ (selection)

    Debates

    • Bruin, R.J. de (2019, August 23). Groningen: Historicidagen Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch Genootschap 22-24 August 2019. "Inclusief Europa? Europese samenwerking in MO/HO/WO-geschiedeniscurricula," round-table organised by Carla Hoetink & Karin van Leeuwen, group sessions led by Marc van Berkel, Robin de Bruin, Koos Sikkema & Koen van Zon.
    • Bruin, R.J. de (2017, October 16). Amsterdam, De Rode Hoed: De baas in Europa? Meepraten over onze gezamenlijke toekomst, derde conferentie van de Banning Vereniging in de serie Democratisch Nederland? Over de stand van onze democratie, met Amma Assante, Robin de Bruin, René Cuperus, Christie Miedema & Paul Tang.
    • Bruin, R.J. de (2014, May 14). Inleiding. Amsterdam, Historisch café: Europa elastisch? Discussie met Robin de Bruin & Jieskje Hollander.
    • Bruin, R.J. de (2014, May 1). De Europese politieke gehaktmolen. Amsterdam, Europese identiteit - Discussieavond JD Internationaal, met Robin de Bruin, Jieskje Hollander & Ben Crum.
    • Bruin, R.J. de (2010, June 6). Inleiding. Amsterdam, Historisch café: Europa: hoe het begon. Debat met André Szász, Luuk van Middelaar & Robin de Bruin.

    (Guest) lectures

    • Bruin, R.J. de (2018, June 14). Eurafrique/Eurafrica. The EU’s Contested Neighbourhoods. Summer School of the University of Amsterdam’s Research School for Regional, Transnational & European Studies (ARTES), co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, Amsterdam 14-15 June 2018.
    • Bruin, R.J. de (2018, April 7). De EU als Unidentified Political Object. Nederlands verleden, Europese toekomst?: lezing en debat over de toekomst van de Europese Unie. Borders of knowledge, identity and power, fourth edition of the conference A Struggle for Peace, Academiegebouw Utrecht, Dutch United Nations Students Association (SIB).
    • Bruin, R.J. de & M.M. Lok (2016, October 27). Europe’s Dark clouds? Problems and solutions: an analysis. European Sonnenberg Conference (My!Europe project), Soesterberg 26-30 October 2016.
    • Bruin, R.J. de (2016, June 15). Elastisch Europa. Nederland, het Verenigd Koninkrijk en de Europese Gemeenschappen. Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club, Amsterdam, Nederlandse Vrouwenclub-Internationale Lyceumclub Amsterdam.
    • Bruin, R.J. de (2016, June 7). "We had to break the whole thing up, so we had to get inside." Het Verenigd Koninkrijk en de Europese Gemeenschappen. Academiegebouw Universiteit Utrecht, Utrechtse Historische Studentenkring. Kleinere Unie in juni? Wat betekent een Brexit voor ons? Patrick van IJzendoorn & Robin de Bruin helpen ons de situatie beter begrijpen.
    • Bruin, R.J. de (2015, July 13). Member States’ Politicians and the EU. Utrecht Summer School, Utrecht, guest lecture in course "Doing Business in Europe" co-ordinated by drs. Bart Toering.
    • Bruin, R.J. de (2014, July 7). Member States’ Politicians and the EU. Utrecht Summer School, Utrecht, guest lecture in course "Doing Business in Europe" co-ordinated by drs. Inez Meurs.
    • Bruin, R.J. de (2014, April 23). Europe and the National State. Amsterdam, VU University. Guest lecture in BA History course "Empire and Continental Europe" by prof.dr. Susan Legêne & dr. Paul van Trigt.

    Interviews

    • Pires de Lima, Bernardo (SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC and Portuguese Institute of International Relations, Universidade Nova de Lisboa), interview on 15 March 2017 about the rise of populist parties and Euroscepticism for interview project and books: Pires de Lima, Bernardo, The B-side of Europe. A Journey to the 28 Capital Cities, Lisbon, Tinta-da-China, 2019.
    • Pires de Lima, Bernardo (SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC and Portuguese Institute of International Relations, Universidade Nova de Lisboa), interview on 15 March 2017 about the rise of populist parties and Euroscepticism for interview project and books: Pires de Lima, Bernardo, O Lado B da Europa. Viagem às 28 Capitais, Lisboa, Tinta-da-China, 2018. http://www.tintadachina.pt/book.php?code=0ed159b8bb71fb54e3498fad8731b7fc
    • Radio 1, "Start (BNN radio)," 17 July 2016,  05:00-07:00: http://www.nporadio1.nl/start/uitzendingen/310702-2016-07-17 .
    • l’Escalopier, Louis de & Victor Gherardi, "Les Pays-Bas et l’Europe vus par Robin de Bruin,"  interview project EU Stories, 2 July 2014: https://www.eustories.com/paysbas .
    • Atasever, Hüseyin, "Invloed populistische partijen overschat," Zaman Vandaag, 21 May 2014.
    • Radio 5, "NTR academie," 12 May 2014, 22:00-23:00: https://www.ntr.nl/NTR-Academie-radio/103/detail/NTR-Academie/POMS_NTR_515243#content .
    • Schulte, Addie, "Drees twijfelde niet over Europa. Elastisch Europa. Promotieonderzoek over Nederlandse politiek en Europese integratie, 1947-1968," Het Parool  10 May 2014.
    • Muns, Maarten, "Nederlandse politici waren oprecht pro-Europa," 8 May 2014: http://www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/nederlandse-politici-waren-oprecht-pro-europa .

    Unpublished work

    • "Duitsland, de basis van onze welvaart. Hans Max Hirschfeld, zijn visie op Duitsland...," Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, 1998.
  • Publications

    2019

    • Lok, M. M., Brolsma, M., & de Bruin, R. J. (2019). Eurocentrism in European History and Memory: Introduction. In Eurocentrism in European History and Memory (pp. 11-21). Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press.
    • Lok, M. M., Brolsma, M., & de Bruin, R. J. (Eds.) (2019). Eurocentrism in European History and Memory. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press.

    2017

    2015

    • de Bruin, R. (2015). 'Europe' as a 'Hothouse' for Dutch Domestic Politics, 1948-1967. In L. Bonfreschi, G. Orsina, & A. Varsori (Eds.), European parties and the European integration process, 1945-1992 (pp. 337-348). (Euroclio: Studies and documents; No. 90). Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang. [details]

    2010

    • de Bruin, R. J. (2010). Het nieuwe Europa: Hans Linthorst Homan, lid van de Hoge Autoriteit (1962-1967). In G. Voerman, B. van den Braak, & C. van Baalen (Eds.), De Nederlandse eurocommissarissen (pp. 65-92). Amsterdam: Boom. [details]
    • de Bruin, R. J. (2010). The 'elastic' European ideal in the Netherlands, 1948-1958: images of a future integrated Europe and the transformation of Dutch politics. Euroclio. Etudes et Documents, 57, 207-216. [details]

    2008

    • de Bruin, R. J. (2008). Dr. Hans Max Hirschfeld, man zonder moreel kompas? Over de ontsporing van beeldvorming [Review of: M. Fennema, J. Rhijnsburger (2007) Dr. Hans Max Hirschfeld: man van het grote geld]. Bijdragen en Mededelingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 123(3), 433-445. https://doi.org/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.6849 [details]

    2018

    • van Meurs, W., de Bruin, R., van de Grift, L., Hoetink, C., van Leeuwen, K., & Reijnen, C. (2018). Die Unvollendete: eine Geschichte der Europäischen Union. (Schriftenreihe / Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung; Vol. 10154). Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. [details]
    • van Meurs, W., de Bruin, R., van de Grift, L., Hoetink, C., van Leeuwen, K., & Reijnen, C. (2018). Die Unvollendete: eine Geschichte der Europäischen Union. Bonn: Dietz. [details]
    • van Meurs, W., de Bruin, R., van de Grift, L., Hoetink, C., van Leeuwen, K., & Reijnen, C. (2018). The Unfinished History of European Integration. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]

    2014

    • de Bruin, R. (2014). Projector or projection screen? The Portuguese Estado Novo and ‘renewal’ in the Netherlands (1933-1946). European studies, 32, 87-100. [details]

    2013

    • van Meurs, W., de Bruin, R., Hoetink, C., van Leeuwen, K., Reijnen, C., & van de Grift, L. (2013). Europa in alle staten: zestig jaar geschiedenis van Europese integratie. Nijmegen: Vantilt. [details]

    2011

    • de Bruin, R. (2011). Dutch politics in the 1950s and the myth of inevitable Europeanization. In J. Róka (Ed.), Globalisation, Europeanization and other transnational phenomena: description, analyses and generalizations (pp. 382-390). Budapest: Századvég Kiadó. [details]

    2009

    • de Bruin, R. J. (2009). Cees Hazenbosch en de 'eeuwige beginselen van Gods Woord': antirevolutionaire beginselpolitiek en de integratie van Europa in de jaren vijftig. In G. J. Schutte, J. J. van Dijk, P. Hazenbosch, P. E. Werkman, & R. E. van der Woude (Eds.), Grenzeloos christelijk-sociaal: internationale activiteiten van de christelijk-sociale beweging (pp. 52-62). (Cahier over de geschiedenis van de christelijk-sociale beweging; No. 8). Amsterdam: Aksant [etc.]. [details]

    2018

    • Shahin, J., & de Bruin, R. (2018). Een balans van vijf jaar Commissie-Juncker. De Hofvijver: politiek van Den Haag tot Brussel, 8(92). [details]

    2017

    • de Bruin, R. (2017). Alt-right Claims that would put the Soviets to shame: The alleged conspiracies of conservative reformers like count Coudenhove-Kalergi and the Bilderberg Group. EuroVisie, 13(2), 28-31. [details]

    2014

    2013

    • de Bruin, R. (2013). Vele wegen naar Europa. In W. van Meurs, R. de Bruin, C. Hoetink, K. van Leeuwen, C. van Reijnen, & L. van de Grift (Eds.), Europa in alle staten: zestig jaar geschiedenis van de Europese integratie (pp. 29-78, 303-304). Nijmegen: Vantilt. [details]

    2017

    • de Bruin, R. J. (2017). The creation of the European Common Market, the "Eurafrican relaunch" and the development of Dutch West New Guinea, 1956-1962. Paper presented at Origins, implementation and funding of European policies from the Schuman Plan to Maastricht, Lisbon, Portugal.

    Membership

    • de Bruin, R. J. (2010-2011). European Encounters. Intellectual Exchange and the Rethinking of Europe (1918-1945), 27-28 January 2011Interwar Europe had a lively intellectual (…), University of Amsterdam, Subdepartment of European Studies, Spuistraat 134, 1012 VB, Amsterdam.

    Media appearance

    • de Bruin, R. (19-09-2019). Book: Pires de Lima, Bernardo, The B-side of Europe. A Journey to the 28 Capital Cities, Lisbon: Tinta da China, 2019. [Print]. The Rise of Populist Parties and Euroscepticism.
    • Shahin, J. & de Bruin, R. J. (17-12-2018). Een balans van vijf jaar Commissie-Juncker [Web] De Hofvijver. Een balans van vijf jaar Commissie-Juncker.
    • de Bruin, R. (09-05-2018). Book: Pires de Lima, Bernardo, O Lado B da Europa: viagem às 28 Capitais, Lisboa: Tinta da China, 2018 [ISBN: 9789896714352] [Other]. The Rise of Populist Parties and Euroscepticism.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (17-07-2016). Start [Radio] Amsterdam, NPO Radio 1. Start.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (02-07-2014). Les Pays-Bas et l’Europe vus par: Robin de Bruin [Print] http://eustories.com/pays-bas/. Les Pays-Bas et l’Europe vus par: Robin de Bruin.
    • de Bruin, R. (21-05-2014). Invloed populistische partijen overschat: interview door Hüseyin Atasever [Print] Zaman Vandaag. Invloed populistische partijen overschat: interview door Hüseyin Atasever.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (12-05-2014). NTR Academie [Radio] Amsterdam, NPO Radio 5. NTR Academie.
    • de Bruin, R. (10-05-2014). 'Drees twijfelde niet over Europa': Elastisch Europa: interview door Addie Schulte [Print] Het Parool, Parool. 'Drees twijfelde niet over Europa': Elastisch Europa: interview door Addie Schulte.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (08-05-2014). Nederlandse politici waren oprecht pro-Europa [Print] Kennislink.nl. Nederlandse politici waren oprecht pro-Europa.

    Talk / presentation

    • de Bruin, R. (invited speaker) (14-5-2019). Alt-Right theories about the alleged 'cultural Marxist' agenda of the European political elites, Counter-narratives to Regional Cooperation, Duisburg, Germany.
    • de Bruin, R. (invited speaker) (8-4-2019). Fear, nostalgia and federalism, The Affective Glue of European Integration, Utrecht, Netherlands.
    • de Bruin, R. (keynote speaker) (27-9-2018). Resolved to share a peaceful future based on common values, International League of Religious Socialists.
    • de Bruin, R. (invited speaker) (14-6-2018). Eurafrique/Eurafrica, The EU’s Contested Neighbourhoods, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • de Bruin, R. (keynote speaker) (7-6-2018). The Elastic Europe: the historical backgrounds of European multilateralism, Council of Europe.
    • de Bruin, R. (invited speaker) (7-4-2018). De EU als Unidentified Political Object. Nederlands verleden, Europese toekomst?: lezing en debat over de toekomst van de Europese Unie, Dutch United Nations Students Association (SIB).
    • de Bruin, R. (invited speaker) (16-10-2017). Elastisch Europa, Banning Vereniging.
    • de Bruin, R. (invited speaker) (13-9-2017). Dutch high official Hans Max Hirschfeld (1899-1961) and the convenient marriage between colonialism and Saint-Simonian technocracy, ACCESS Europe.
    • de Bruin, R. (invited speaker) (8-5-2017). The creation of the European Common Market, the "Eurafrican relaunch" and the development of Dutch West New Guinea, 1956-1962, Origins, implementation and funding of European policies from the Schuman Plan to Maastricht, Lisbon, Portugal.
    • Lok, M. M. (speaker) & de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (27-10-2016). Europe's Dark clouds? Problems and solutions: an analysis., European Sonnenberg conference, Soesterberg.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (15-6-2016). Elastisch Europa. Nederland, het Verenigd Koninkrijk en de Europese Gemeenschappen, Nederlandse Vrouwenclub-Internationale Lyceumclub Amsterdam, Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club, Amsterdam.
    • de Bruin, R. (speaker) (7-6-2016). "We had to break the whole thing up, so we had to get inside." Het Verenigd Koninkrijk en de Europese Gemeenschappen, Utrechtse Historische Studentenkring. Kleinere Unie in juni? Wat betekent een Brexit voor ons? Patrick van IJzendoorn en Robin de Bruin helpen ons de situatie beter begrijpen, Utrecht University.
    • de Bruin, R. (invited speaker) (26-5-2016). Dutch desires for a neocorporatist "Europe", 1950-1957, Capitalism, Crises and European Integration from 1945 to the present. First HEIRS-RICHIE Conference (organisation Aurélie Andry, Haakon Ikonomou, Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, Quentin Jouan), European University Institute, Florence.
    • de Bruin, R. (invited speaker) (7-4-2016). Dutch politicians and the growing sense of European decline in an ever closer and more connected world, 1945-1965, From Empires to Empire? European Integration in Global Context, 1950s to 1990s (organisation Wolfram Kaiser & Kiran Patel), Freie Universität Berlin.
    • de Bruin, R. (invited speaker) (17-3-2016). Mediator and example. The Netherlands’ self-perceived role as a guide country in postwar Western Europe, Recasting the History of Dutch Foreign Relations, 1814-2000 (organisation Ruud van Dijk, Samuël Kruizinga, Vincent Kuitenbrouwer & Rimko van der Maar), University of Amsterdam.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (16-11-2015). Elastisch Europa. De integratie van Europa en de Nederlandse politiek, Beeldvorming over Europa. Paneldiscussie over het ideaalbeeld van destijds en de huidige realiteit, Patrick Bijsmans, Robin de Bruin, Benjamin Dürr, Godelieve van Heteren, Hans Vollaard en Wim de Wagt, Huis van Europa, The Hague.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (13-7-2015). Member States’ Politicians and the EU, guest lecture in course 'Doing Business in Europe' co-ordinated by drs. Bart Toering, Utrecht Summer School, Utrecht.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (9-7-2015). Mediator and Example. The Low Countries’ self-perceived role as a guide country in postwar Western Europe, Council for European Studies: Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures, Sciences Po, Paris.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (17-12-2014). Standbeeld of tijdsbeeld? Contextualisering in biografieën van ‘Europeanen’, Levend Europa. Europa vanuit biografisch perspectief. Afscheidssymposium dr. Anneke Ribberink, VU University Amsterdam.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (invited speaker) (8-10-2014). Europe as a ‘Greater Holland’. European Integration and Dutch politics in the 1950s and 1960s, ACCESS EUROPE. European Identity and Culture lecture series, no. 2, with comments by discussants prof.dr. Meindert Fennema and dr. Virginie Mamadouh, Amsterdam.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (7-7-2014). Member States’ Politicians and the EU, guest lecture in course 'Doing Business in Europe' co-ordinated by drs. Inez Meurs, Utrecht Summer School, Utrecht.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (15-5-2014). De Europese Unie, bemoeizuchtige superstaat of neoliberaal project?, NU! Populisme in de Europese verkiezingen, met: Carlos Reijnen, Sarah de Lange en Robin de Bruin, Illustere school - Spui 25, Amsterdam.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (14-5-2014). Inleiding, Historisch café: Europa elastisch? Discussie met Robin de Bruin en Jieskje Hollander., Amsterdam.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (13-5-2014). Elastisch Europa, Broodje kennis - Spui 25, Amsterdam.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (1-5-2014). De Europese politieke gehaktmolen, Europese identiteit - Discussieavond JD Internationaal, met Robin de Bruin, Jieskje Hollander en Ben Crum, Amsterdam.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (23-4-2014). Europe and the National State, guest lecture in BA History course 'Empire and Continental Europe' by prof.dr. Susan Legêne & dr. Paul van Trigt, VU University Amsterdam.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (26-6-2013). Postwar Ideological Convergence in Dutch Politics as a Form of Europeanization, Council for European Studies: Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability, Amsterdam (University of Amsterdam).
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (23-2-2013). Salazar’s Estado Novo as an Example for Socio-Economic and Political "Renewal" in the Netherlands, 1933-1941, Crisis and Mobilization since 1789. Second Conference of the International Scholars’ Network History of Societies and Socialisms (Hosas), Amsterdam (International Institute of Social History).
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (11-11-2011). 'Europe' as a Hothouse for Dutch Domestic Politics, 1946-1968, European Political Cultures and Parties and the European Integration Process, 1945-1992, Lucca (IMT Institute for Advanced Studies).
    • de Bruin, R. J. (invited speaker) (7-5-2011). Dutch Politics in the 1950s and the Myth of Inevitable Europeanization, Globalization, Europeanization and Other Transnational Phenomena, Budapest.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (invited speaker) (25-3-2011). The "Elastic" European Ideal. "Europe" as a Cause for Change in Dutch Domestic Politics, 1948-1963, Die Geschichte der Europäischen Union: Neue Forschungsansätze jenseits der Diplomatiegeschichte (Graduiertenkolleg Prof.Dr. Wolfram Kaiser, University of Portsmouth), Amsterdam.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (27-1-2011). Projector or Projection Screen? The Portuguese Estado Novo as an Example for Ideas on "Renewal" in the Netherlands, 1933-1946, European Encounters. Intellectual Exchange and the Rethinking of Europe (1918-1945), Amsterdam.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (13-4-2010). Transfer of corporatism? Corporatism and `renewal’ in the Netherlands, 1939-1946, European Social Science and History Conference 2010, Gent.
    • de Bruin, R. J. (speaker) (13-12-2008). The "elastic" European ideal. Images in Dutch politics of a future federal Europe, 1948-1958, Colloque RICHIE IV: Cultures Nationales et Identité Communautaire: un Défi pour l'Union européenne, Paris (University of Paris 1: Panthéon-Sorbonne).

    Others

    • Lok, M. (participant), de Bruin, R. (participant) & Brolsma, M. (participant) (12-12-2019). Aanbieding bundel Eurocentrism in European History and Memory, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • de Bruin, R. (participant) (23-8-2019). Historicidagen 2019, Groningen, Netherlands. Inclusief Europa? Europese samenwerking in MO/HO/WO-geschiedeniscurricula. Round-table organised by Carla Hoetink & Karin van Leeuwen. Group sessions (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • de Bruin, R. (organiser), Lok, M. (organiser), Brolsma, M. (organiser), Vos, C. (organiser) & Shahin, J. (organiser) (26-6-2019). The Image of Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Organisation valedictory seminar for Michael Wintle, "The Image of Europe", and "book launch" edited volume: Eurocentrism in European History and (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • de Bruin, R. (participant) (7-4-2017 - 8-4-2017). Crossing the Iron Curtain, Amsterdam , Netherlands. Chair of panel on Youth and Pioneer Camps (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • de Bruin, R. J. (organiser) & van Leeuwen, C. W. (organiser) (30-1-2015). New Political History and European Integration: Third international workshop, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam. Until the recent past, many historians of European integration tended to classify the European Communities and the European Union as "foreign (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • de Bruin, R. J. (organiser) (25-6-2013 - 27-6-2013). Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability. 20th International Conference of Europeanists, Amsterdam. Panel: European Integration As a Cause For Consensus Or Conflict In Domestic Politics, 1950-2010Right from the start the integration of Europe had (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

    2014

    • de Bruin, R. J. (2014). Elastisch Europa. De integratie van Europa en de Nederlandse politiek, 1947-1968. Amsterdam: Wereldbibliotheek.
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