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Dr. D.R. (David) de Boer

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis

  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Kamernummer:C1.06B
  • Postbus 1610
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile

    David de Boer is a postdoctoral researcher. He investigates European refugee advocacy and the emergence of humanitarian politics within the NWO VICI project ‘The Invention of the Refugee in Early Modern Europe'. His main academic interests include refugees, diplomacy, humanitarianism, lobbying, and news media between ca. 1550-1850.

    After obtaining his BA and MA in history at Utrecht University, David pursued his PhD at the University of Konstanz and Leiden University (joint doctoral program). He was a visiting scholar at the European University Institute, the Leibniz Institute of European History, Harvard University, and UCLA. Before joining the UvA he lectured at Leiden University and Utrecht University.



  • Research

    As a political historian, David de Boer's work concerns the role of compassion in transnational politics. He is especially interested in how refugees and other minority groups helped create a humanitarian culture by assuming transnational political agency. He also explores how Dutch diplomatic actors operated as humanitarian brokers in (early) modern Europe and its empires. Taking a long-term approach to humanitarianism, diplomacy, and lobbying he aims to better understand the ruptures and continuities between early modern and modern transnational politics.

    He has also worked on early modern news, public opinion, iconoclasm, civic identity, and cultural memory.

  • Publicaties


    • de Boer, D. R. (Accepted/In press). Strategies of Transnational Identification: Images of the 1655 Massacre of the Waldensians in the Dutch Press. In Revolts and Political Violence in Early Modern Imagery Brill.
    • de Boer, D. R., Barget, M. (Ed.), & Griesse, M. (Ed.) (Accepted/In press). Revolts and Political Violence in Early Modern Imagery. (Brill’s Studies on Art, Art History, and Intellectual History). Brill.
    • de Boer, D. R., Barget, M., & Griesse, M. (Accepted/In press). Revolts and Political Violence in Early Modern Imagery: Introduction. In Revolts and Political Violence in Early Modern Imagery Brill.


    • de Boer, D. R. (2020). Between Remembrance and Oblivion. Negotiating Civic Identity after the Sacks of Mechelen (1572, 1580). The Sixteenth Century Journal, 51(4), 963-981.


    • de Boer, D. R. (2018). For the True Religion and the Common Cause: Transnational publicity for the War of the Camisards (1702-1705). Histoire et Civilisation du Livre (Revue), 14, 233-246.


    • de Boer, D. R. (2016). Picking up the Pieces: Catholic Material Culture and Iconoclasm in the Low Countries. BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, 131(1), 59-80. [131]. https://doi.org/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.10179


    • de Boer, D. R. (2021). De Katholieke Drukpers in de Kerkprovincie Kamerijk: Contacten, Mobiliteit & Transfers in een Grensgebied (book review). British Catholic History, 360-362.
    • de Boer, D. R. (Accepted/In press). Refugees or Migrants: Pre-modern Jewish Population Movement (book review). Studia Rosenthaliana.


    • de Boer, D. R. (2020). The birth of modern belief. Faith and judgment from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment by Ethan Shagan (book review). Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 133(1), 138-140.


    • de Boer, D. R. (2019). Religious Persecution and Transnational Compassion in the Dutch Vernacular Press, 1655-1745.
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