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 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.
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.
You can choose to delve further into the debating culture in the Netherlands, and the linguistic, argumentation and rhetorical analysis of the political debate by opting for Political Debate.
Since the recent electoral success of such politicians as Fortuyn, Wilders and Marijnissen, the political debate in the Netherlands has been in the spotlight. The debating style of politicians and members of the House of Representatives is under discussion in television programmes and the print media. What makes a person good in debates? What may you say and what may you not say? And how important is the way a politician presents himself?
You will learn about the different forms of political discussion and the issues surrounding the rules of debate. You will attend lectures on the historical development of the debating culture in the Netherlands, the linguistic, argumentation and rhetorical analysis of the political debate. You will also be trained in debating by the Netherlands Debating Institute. The programme is unique in the Netherlands.
Note that this option is only available to students starting in September, and that the language of instruction is Dutch.
Check out the programme in Political Culture and National Identities
“For me, one of the most fascinating questions in history is how people have contended with change. I believe our own fast-changing societies can learn from that.”