Cultures of War and Liberation

What is the meaning and impact of War? And how can we understand the interdependencies of freedom, liberation and democracy? In past and present? This research group at Radboud University brings together experts, historians and literary scholars, from different fields. Our aim is to get a better understanding of the political, social and cultural impact of war and liberation through history, with the Second World as a particular point of interest.

Radboud University is located in a war-torn city near historical battle fields. It has a strong tradition in socio-cultural war research. By inviting scholars and students to elaborate on underlying themes, Cultures of War and Liberation (CoWaL) is looking for new and challenging perspectives on war and liberation in past and present.

Research projects

Donkey carrying boxes with Marshall aid

The Marshall Plan at 75

Throughout the year that marks the 75 year anniversary of the arrival of the first Marshall Plan goods in the Netherlands, several popular-scientific and didactic publications will introduce the history of the Marshall Plan to a broad audience.

Collaboration & advice

The Cultures of War and Liberation research group at Radboud University focuses on the historical impact of war and liberation, particularly studying the Second World War. They collaborate with partners and explore various aspects, such as occupation, violence, literature, and cultural expressions of freedom. For inquiries about collaboration or commissioned research, contact Jan Julia Zurné at janjulia.zurne [at] (janjulia[dot]zurne[at]ru[dot]nl).

Mission statement

The research group Cultures of War and Liberation analyses and discusses the history and cultures of war and liberation on a local, regional, national and international level using a multi-perspective, transnational and interdisciplinary approach. We seek inspiration from adjoining scientific disciplines, their methodical approaches and insights, in order to better understand the complex interactions between war, liberation and corresponding themes. Our interest is predominantly focused on the Second World War, the post-war years and the 1960s.

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