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Author Archive: Joep Schenk

Joep Schenk is working as a post-doctoral researcher within the ERC project ‘Securing Europe, fighting its enemies 1815-1914′ led by Prof. Beatrice de Graaf. He is interested in explaining major international events in the nineteenth and twentieth century as results of social processes. Behind events such as war, genocide or (industrial) revolution one can reveal power structures within which political, economic or religious motivated actors can be identified. The tensions between individual actors and historical, social and geographical structures on the one side, and (national) state interests and (international) private interests on the other, is a common theme in his research.

Joep Schenk at Conference ‘The Yangtze and the Rhine: a historical conference’

Joep Schenk will attend the conference ‘The Yangtze and the Rhine: A historical conference’ in Leiden. The conference is organized in cooperation with the University of Shanghai, the University of Leiden, the Erasmus School for History, Culture and Communication, the Maritiem Museum Rotterdam, the N.W. Posthumus Institute, the Port Authority Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Centre…

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ISIS’s Water Wars and the Land of Two Rivers

When looking at the situation in Iraq and Syria today, a clear relation between water, power and security can be discerned. By extending its control over the course of the Euphrates and the Tigris, ISIS expands its influence within the territory of what was once called Mesopotamia: the Land of Two Rivers. Though water might…

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The Central Commission for Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) and the making of a European Security Culture

By dr. Joep Schenk – In historiography, nineteenth-century Europe is generally seen as a place shaped by power politics and bellicose nationalism. Rarely has the nineteenth century been perceived as a period in which common principles were enunciated and nation states established solid international bodies in order to cooperate in pursuit of limited, manageable ends. Operational to this…

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