Journal of Belgian History, XLVI, 2016, 3/4

Our journal is vitally important for who wishes to follow recent developments of academic research on contemporary Belgian history. Our new double issue contains six articles with innovative research.

The subjects are varied: the magistracy and the resistance during the Second World War (in Dutch), the link between fertility and economic development in Wallonia (18th – 20th century) (in French), the debate on the myth of the Belgian franc-tireurs during the First World War (in German), the electoral reforms in Belgium and the Netherlands after 1945 (in Dutch), the role of the government with regard to food security (second half of the 19th century) (in French) and the impact of the so-called ‘mecanography’ on the development of social security (after 1945) (in Dutch).

We are in the middle of the centennial commemorations of 14-18 which is why we decided to dedicate the debate section to this subject. These debate texts tackle critical reflection on the phenomenon of the commemorations, but also the new research topics on the First World War, all the while questioning public dissemination of this knowledge.

The First World War takes centre stage in the Debate Section

In the middle of the centennial commemorations of 1914-1918 the ‘debate’ section in our final issue of 2016 (nr. 3-4) takes a critical look at the commemorative phenomenon on the one hand, and the many new research approaches related to the First World War as well as their dissemination on the other hand.  

The JBH already makes an appointment for 2018-2019 to undertake the final evaluation of this intensive period of commemorations and all the discussion it has created.

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