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Discover expertise in ancient history and archaeology, historical demography and World War II, as well as the history of sports, women, slavery, disasters and famines.

News about historic research

Mark de Kreij interviewed about Herculaneum papyri

The contents of charred papyrus scrolls from 79 AD were long thought lost. Thanks to AI, researchers have now managed to decipher a first word. Papyrologist Mark de Kreij was interviewed by NPO Radio 1 about this exciting breakthrough.

Poolse vlag

Stereotypical Dutch images of Poland from the seventeenth century defined Eastern and Western Europe

Dutch prejudices against Poles have a long history, according to literary scholar and historian Paul Hulsenboom, who will be defending his PhD thesis at Radboud University on 24 October.

Prof. dr. Olivier Hekster

The figure and role of the emperor: six hundred years of stability(?)

Prof. Olivier Hekster's book, published late last year, is in the scholarly spotlight. Read more about it here.


Researchers from various faculties and research institutes are working on interdisciplinary projects relating to History.

Prof. S.T.A.M. Mols (Stephan)

Prof. S.T.A.M. Mols (Stephan)

Prof. M.C.M. Corporaal (Marguérite)
Prof. L.E. Jensen (Lotte)
Dr C.W. van Galen (Coen)
Prof. L.E. Jensen (Lotte)
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Slaves register

Legacies of Bondage

This project will involve the construction of a database of the Surinamese population that existed between 1830 and 1950. It will combine the individual records of both enslaved, bonded labourers from China, India and Indonesia and free citizens.

Gaarkeuken Montreal 1931

Heritages of Hunger

European famines of the past resonate in today’s debates. This project examines how lessons on famine are being taught at schools and heritage sites and whether such practices can enhance understanding and solidarity.

Rapenburg na ontploffing kruitschip

Dealing with Disasters

Dealing with Disasters approaches the identity formation of a nation and region from a new perspective. The formation of local and national identities will be examined in response to natural disasters in the Netherlands.

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We are the oldest city of the Netherlands – and we should show it, to visualise above ground what lies beneath is immensely important
Portretfoto van Stephan Mols
Stephan Mols Scientific Read Stephan's story
People often say the past helps you make sense of the present, but I say the opposite is true: the present brings the past into sharper relief
Portretfoto Eric Moormann
Eric Moormann Scientific Read Eric's story

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