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Conference: Beatrice de Graaf, Ozan Ozavci and Erik de Lange will be speakers at the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, on the 27th of February 2021

Beatrice de Graaf, Ozan Ozavci and Erik de Lange will be speakers at the 2021 annual conference of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850. This conference will take place over Zoom, and will be spread out over five days: February 18-20 (Thursday through Saturday), and February 26-27 (Friday and Saturday). This interdisciplinary conference encourages scholars…

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Beatrice de Graaf awarded with highest distinction in Dutch Academia (€2.5M)

Prof. Beatrice de Graaf(Professor of the History of International Relations) has received the prestigious Stevin Prize from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The prize of 2.5 million euros is an individual award intended to foster knowledge transfer and serve as a token of appreciation in this regard. It is a reward for De…

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Review by Erik de Lange of J. Meeks – France, Britain, and the Mediterranean

Erik de Lange wrote a review of the newest book of Joshua Meeks: France, Britain and the Mediterranean. The review was featured by H-Soz-Kult. The book is a revision of Mooks’s dissertation and it provides a ‘refreshing take on the complicated, muddled beginnings of what we now call the Revolutionary Wars.’ The book aims to understand the…

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Conference Report on In-Between Empires: Trans-imperial History in a Global Age

Last September, Ozan Ozavci attended an international workshop in Berlin on Trans-imperial History in a Global Age. Seventeen scholars from twelve countries were invited to present their papers, divided into five different panels. The workshop was aimed at making an ‘intervention in recent Empire Studies’. Many scholars argued that ‘we cannot separate connections, competition and…

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Beatrice de Graaf in NRC on present-day parallels with the nineteenth century

Can we understand the present better by looking into the past? In an interview with NRC Handelsblad, Beatrice de Graaf debated with two other Dutch historians (Martin Bossenbroek and Geerten Waling) on this important question. De Graaf argues – in line with the famous historian Johan Huizinga – that “for a whole generation, history has become…

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Beatrice de Graaf on new ERC plans in NRC Handelsblad

Beatrice de Graaf writes in NRC Handelsblad about her perspective on the New Year and draws a comparison with the turn of the year from 1816 to 1817. With the ERC research project halfway to the finish line she looks forward to the research of the next two years. The Column is available (in Dutch)…

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Article in ‘Tijdschrift voor Zeegeschiedenis’ by Joep Schenk

Joep Schenk recently published a new article in the Dutch journal ‘Tijdschrift voor Zeegeschiedenis‘ (Journal for Naval History), titled ‘War-time opportunities. Rhine sailors versus the Coal-trading union, 1914-1918’. Abstract: During the First World War the British economic blockade squeezed off transit via the Netherlands to Germany. Consequently, unemployed Rhine skippers flooded the Dutch inland shipping market and freight…

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New volume on Terrorism Trials, edited by Beatrice de Graaf and Alex P. Schmid

In their new book Terrorists on Trial: A Performative Perspective, editors Prof. Dr Beatrice de Graaf and Prof. Dr Alex P. Schmid present a performative perspective on terrorism trials, drawing attention to the mechanisms and effects of these trials in and outside the courtroom. Trial and theatre This volume views terrorism trials as a form of theatre, where…

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Article by Beatrice de Graaf on reintegration of jihadist ex-convicts

A special issue on radicalisation and terrorism of the journal Justitiële verkenningen (Judicial explorations, no.2, 2016) explores the attractiveness of IS to (islamic) European yougsters and the apocalyptic nature of IS ideology. In their chaper ‘After the release: Observations and dilemmas in dealing with (former) detainees with a jihadist background’, Beatrice de Graaf and Daan Weggemans explore how to deal…

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Ozan Ozavci gives keynote speech at NISIS Network Day

On Friday 27 May 2016, the fourth annual NISIS Islamic Studies Network day will be held at Leiden University. This year’s theme is: ‘War in Syria: dynamics, and the consequences for Europe’. The Islamic Studies Network Day is part of the NISIS Training programme. Ozan Ozavci gives his keynote speech from 09.45 – 10.15 hours. During…

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Erik de Lange discusses First Barbary War on national news radio

In the 7 February 2016 broadcast of the daily Dutch news radio show ‘Met Het Oog Op Morgen’ (Radio 1) PhD candidate Erik de Lange was interviewed on the First Barbary War (1801-1805). He discussed the recent bestseller Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates and critically reflected on the author’s comparisons between the nineteenth and twenty-first century….

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Lecture “Finding the Terrorist” by Beatrice de Graaf at UCLA

On 18 February 2016 Beatrice de Graaf is invited to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) by the department of Dutch Studies to give the Van Tilburg Lecture at the Centre for Dutch Studies. Her lecture is titled: “Finding the terrorist. The never ending search for the radical profile”. Abstract Since the time of Napoleon, practices…

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Erik de Lange discusses American piracy bestseller on national radio

On 24 January PhD candidate Erik de Lange was interviewed during the Dutch radio show ‘Onvoltooid Verleden Tijd’, which is broadcasted weekly on Radio 1. He discussed the recent bestseller Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates (also featured in his latest blog) and critically reflected on the book’s rather non-historical treatment of piracy as a…

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Book Launch Strategic Narratives at NATO Headquarters (podcast onine)

The edited volume Strategic Narratives, Public Opinion and War: Winning domestic support for the war at home (Routledge 2015) explores the way governments endeavoured to build and maintain public support for the war in Afghanistan, combining new insights on the effects of strategic narratives with an exhaustive series of case studies. The volume is edited by…

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Ozan Ozavci, Opposition to Authoritarianism (Turkish Studies)

This article discusses the establishment, ideology and actions of the Liberal International and its Turkish group the Society for the Dissemination of Free Ideas (SDFI). The SDFI was the first liberal civil society in Turkey. To this date, little attention has been paid to its actions and ideology. Taking the history of the SDFI as…

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Beatrice de Graaf, Second-tier Diplomacy (Journal of Modern European History)

This article supplements Anglo- or Prussian dominated readings of the Vienna Conference by focusing more on its beginnings, on alternative scenarios of a Dutch-German union and on the process of diplomatic bargaining by secondary agents. Based on new archival material, German-Dutch cooperation in Vienna is traced and placed in a wider context. Vienna did not…

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