Department of History and Civilization

“If the past has been an obstacle and a burden, knowledge of the past
is the safest and the surest emancipation” Lord Acton (1834-1902)

The Department of History and Civilization (HEC) offers a distinctive programme of transnational and comparative European history. Transcending nation-state paradigms, our programme studies the construction of Europe's boundaries and the diversity and complexity of experiences within them.

Our central concerns are the interlinking of European societies since the Renaissance and the complex cultural legacies that have shaped contemporary Europe. The HEC community is also committed to exploring the place of Europe in the world through the study of empires, global processes and institutions.

The rich variety of research approaches and themes, as well as the broad background of its professors, enable the Department to recruit high-quality Ph.D. candidates and to host outstanding research fellows, thereby forming a vibrant and international academic community.

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Recycling Empire: the Invention of a European Development Aid Bureaucracy

Recycling Empire: the Invention of a European Development Aid Bureaucracy

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HEC Department Colloquium Lecture organized by Laura Downs and Luca Molà on 3 December 2014
Navigating Regional Maritime Regimes

Navigating Regional Maritime Regimes

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Opening Lecture by Lauren Benton (NYU) in the framework of the Conference on "Crossings and Circulations in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and the Mediterranean since 1450" organized by Jorge Flores, Lucy Riall and Regina Grafe on 4 December 2014
Crossings and Circulations in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and the Mediterranean since 1450

Crossings and Circulations in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and the Mediterranean since 1450

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A Conference organized by Jorge Flores, Regina Grafe and Lucy Riall on 5 and 6 December 2014

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