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The CEGESOMA is a Belgian centre of expertise with regard to 20th century conflicts. It regularly publishes, alone or in coedition, monographs and research tools.

To order a publication, send an email to cegesoma@cegesoma.be or telephone to 0032/2 556 92 11.

To consult the list of our publications, click here.

To view our most recent publications, surf the pages below. 

 

1918-2018. Four Years of War. Hundred Years of Impact

November 1918. Finally, the guns fell silent. Yet, it was not possible to close the chapter. The world as we knew it had disappeared for good.

A new fragile world was beginning, still to be invented. It was the beginning of ”the short 20th century” as Eric Hobsbawm so eloquently put it, a phrase now appropriated by many historians.


To illustrate this complex period, the Vif/L'Express has published a special issue, aimed at a wide audience, which has been coordinated by Chantal Kesteloot and Laurence van Ypersele. Read more...

Warfare and Welfare: on the Connection between Wars and the Development of the Welfare State.

 Wars are moments of acceleration in the development of social policy.

After the Second World War in Belgium, the welfare state is directly associated with the Social Pact of April 1944.

In a new book, the connection between wars and the development of the welfare state ('the warfare-welfare nexus') for a number of countries in and outside Europe is the central theme. Read more...

‘Grenzeloos verzet’ (Boundless Resistance), a unique case study on the cross-border resistance during the Second World War

 On 16 October 2018, Paul De Jongh, who is an associated researcher of CegeSoma, will present his book 'Grenzeloos verzet. Over spionerende monniken, ontsnappingslijnen en het Hannibalspiel, 1940-1943', Turnhout, Brepols, 2018, 344 p.


March 1943. The German secret police surrounded the abbey of Val-Dieu and two of its monks were arrested for participating  in resistance activities: H. Jacobs of Antwerp and E. Muhren of Bergen op Zoom.


A short time later, 80 arrests were made in Belgium and in the Netherlands. Read more...

Results of the conference War and Fatherland are published

 On 14-15 October 2015, CegeSoma with all Belgian universities organizes the international conference 'War and Fatherland'. Almost three years later, the results are published in the edited volume 'Nations, Identities and the First World War'.

The book is edited by Nico Wouters (CegeSoma) and Laurence van Ypersele (Université Catholique de Louvain), has fifteen chapters and was published by Bloomsbury. Read more...

Du café liégeois au Soldat inconnu. La Belgique et la Grande Guerre.

 Looking at a past that has forever marked our history


The authors of this book have wanted to describe a certain number of events of the First World War, but also the traces that the conflict left on Belgian society. The aim was not to be exhaustive, or several volumes would not have sufficed.

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A resistance fighter in the garden cities of Watermael-Boitsfort, 1940-1945

 The famous documentary maker André Dartevelle bestows us with a poignant posthumous publication. He put into practice all his talent as a historian and journalist in order to deliver the detailed and heartfelt story of the Resistance in the bucolic Brussels municipality of Watermael-Boitsfort at the edge of city and countryside.
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The State, History and Memory: New Publication

 Nico Wouters (head CegeSoma) is, together with Berber Bevernage, co-editor of the new publication 'The Handbook of State-Sponsored History after 1945'. With 45 chapters and no less than 50 authors, this is the first book to systematically consider the role of states in the construction of history and memory. Read more...

In Enemy Territory. Experiences of Occupation; transfers, legacies (1914-1949)

 Periods of commemoration often offer opportunities in the editorial field. But it must be said that these publications are not necessarily novel historiographical contributions. Where occupation is concerned, it must be concluded that it has been the subject of many studies. So, is there really nothing new to be discovered? Read more...

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