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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. 


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...

'Papy était-il un Nazi?' - Available at CegeSoma

 This very  important work, with the significant input from researchers from the National Archives and CegeSoma, is in the first place a research guide. The aim is to guide persons looking for concrete information on family members (parents, grandparents) who were victims of the repression after the Second World War, to archives where they can find this information.
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Publication - New edition of the guide 'Sources pour l'étude de la Belgique contemporaine (19e - 21e siècle)'

 In September 2017 the new and adapted version of the two part book Bronnen voor de Studie van het hedendaagse België (19de-21ste eeuw)' 'Sources pour l'Etude de la Belgique contemporaine, (19e – 21e siècle)''(Sources for the study of contemporary Belgium (19th-20th Century)' has been published. It is an indispensable instrument for anyone who researches the contemporary history of Belgium. This gargantuan work was published under the watchful eye of the editors:  Patricia Van den Eeckhout and Guy Vanthemsche and is published by the Royal Committee for History. Read more...

Human Rights between 1914 and 1940

 In May 2017, Laurence Petrone published her book (in Dutch) 'Democratie in Crisis. Een anatomie van de buitengerechtelijke vrijheidsberoving in West-Europa (1914-1940)'. This publication is the result of a research conducted at CegeSoma between 2011 en 2015. The book compares Belgium, France and the Netherlands and analyses how states can drift towards non-democratic, repressive measures under pressure of crisis and war.
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PUBLICATION - a Clear and Accessible Guide on the Sources of the Post-War Purges

Archives providing information on the post-war purges (the so-called 'repression') and its aftermath are not always very accessible to a layperson. On 13 September, a guide will be published, giving an overview of the archives that allow to reconstruct the individual trajectory of those who were confronted with the purges. The guide is an initiative of Ghent University, the ULB, the State Archives and CegeSoma and explains in a clear language how the different sources can be used. The guide will be presented the same day to the press at CegeSoma, in the presence of the Secretary of State of Science Policy, Zuhal Demir. The event is open to the public but spaces are limited. Registration by e-mail is mandatory.

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The Discovery of the Mysteries of the Judicial World


Aude Hendrick & Aude Musin (eds.) 


Les mots de la Justice (The Words of Justice)
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Les "Journaux de Guerre"

This weekly periodical is unique in that it relates the history of the two World Wars and the interwar period through the press of these periods.
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