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Welcome to CEGESOMA/State Archives of Belgium

CEGESOMA, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Society, is the Belgian centre of excellence for the history of 20th century conflicts. It carries out research, organises public events and holds document collections. It is since 1 January 2016 the fourth Operational Directory of the State Archives. It is a platform for academic and public activities in Belgium and abroad, in particular with regard to the two World Wars.

A Number of Periodicals Temporarily Unavailable

A number of periodicals published between 1940 and 1944 is momentarily being digitised by an outside firm and therefore momentarily unaccessible. If you wish to consult a periodical published between 1940 and 1944, it is advisable to contact Kathleen Vandenberghe beforehand to make sure it is available.


Become Associated Researcher at CegeSoma

Scholarly research about 20th century conflicts has long ceased to be the exclusive domain of academic historians. Scholars from other disciplines, as well as non-academic researchers are now actively pulling their weight in the field. This yields results that are often as diverse as they are valuable.

In order to bring this varied group of researchers together in one network, CegeSoma has created the statute of Associated Researcher (see the list below). This statute replaces the old network of 'correspondents'. Are you interested and would you like to know if you can qualify ? You will find all the information you need in the Associated Researcher Note. Read more...

An Inside Look at Brussels 1914-1918

 During the Great War, Brussels lived a unique experience. Even though the Belgian capital escaped the fighting, it was Europe's largest city to endure the war under occupation. This forgotten history is illustrated on the new website www.brussels14-18.be/en , a public history project carried out by CEGESOMA, and launched by the Région de Bruxelles-Capitale and VisitBrussels. The website traces the history of civilian populations using photographs of the 1914-1918 period.
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A renewed website


The website of the JBH – the journal of reference for Belgian contemporary history – has recently been renewed !

It is now possible to search all articles by keywords, by category (reviews, PhD research, debates) or even by thematic issue.

Browse the clear and user-friendly pages of the site and discover the second new thematic issue of this year dedicated to the Belgian Military History before 1914.
Enjoy the (re)discovery !

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