Political Culture and National Identities (research)

Join a master’s programme that is at the forefront of a new international approach to understanding how national politics and identities in Europe are conceived. Leiden University’s MA in History specialisation in Political Culture and National Identities (research) takes a broad, comparative approach to the study of the political and national identities of a number of European countries spanning the period 1800 to 2010.

Choose Political Culture and National Identities (research) at Leiden University:

  • Use a comparative approach to study the history of political culture and national identities of various European countries.
  • Take an international perspective by looking at the relations between different European countries instead of the more usual nationalistic historiography.
  • Examine the evolution of the political culture and national identities of countries such as the Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany or Russia – and how these countries influenced each other through ‘cultural transfer’: the adoption of examples from other countries and the inspiration they engender.
  • Explore how ‘cultural transfer’ can be applied to the political domain, for instance with regard to social movements, parties, parliaments and the use of symbols and material objects, and how European, international and supra-national organisations, such as those involved in post-War European unification, operate as platforms of cultural and political transfer.
  • Choose an academic field that is an entirely new research area, putting you at the forefront of a new way of thinking about European history and giving you the room to make a valuable research contribution.

Your understanding of how national identities and political views have evolved will enable you to make a valuable contribution to the debates that continue to dominate both public and academic forums, including discussions about the EU, democracy and populism.

Check out the programme in Political Culture and National Identities

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: History (research)
  • Degree Master of Arts in History (research)
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English. Classes for which reading knowledge of Dutch is required may be taught in Dutch.
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60139

Prof.dr. Judith Pollmann

Judith Pollmann

“I am involving students in the development of new research projects. It’s really exciting to trial new ideas with the students, and I think we all get a lot out of it.”

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