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Welcome to CEGESOMA

CEGESOMA, Study Centre 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.

Notice to the Visitors and Partners of CegeSoma and the State Archives of Belgium

From 1 January, CegeSoma will be part of the State Archives

From 1 January 2016, CegeSoma will be integrated in the State Archives under its new name “Study Centre War and Society”. From that date, CegeSoma will be the fourth Operational Directorate (OD4) of the State Archives.
The tasks of OD4 / CegeSoma remain unchanged. For now, the integration has no consequences for the researcher or the visitor of CegeSoma. There will be no changes at present with regard to the reading room (the regulations, tariffs, opening hours) and the online services (websites, search systems). At the beginning of 2016, measures will be developed and implemented to harmonise public service in all Operational Directorates of the State Archives. We will inform you of these measures in due time. Also for the partners of CegeSoma and the State Archives, everything will remain the same, a few practical matters excepted.
You can follow these developments via the usual information channels: newsletters, websites and facebook pages.

Karel Velle & Rudi Van Doorslaer17 December 2015

The first issue of 2016 of the Journal of Belgian History has been published

This thematic issue is dedicated to the history of marginal groups and subalternity in contemporary Belgian history. The invited editors-in-chief, Magaly Rodriguez et Amandine Lauro, selected four articles that break away from the traditional "iron triangle" of ethnicity-class-gender categorisations. These articles contribute to new discussion on Belgian society and the dynamics of in-/exclusion in historical perspective.

For more information, see the new website of the journal : http://www.journalbelgianhistory.be


A renewed website


The website of the JBH – the journal of reference for Belgian contemporary history – is renewed !

Browse the clear and user-friendly pages of the site and discover the hundreds of articles and reviews with a wide variety of themes and approaches using new search tools.
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The First World War in 2018, and then ?

What, in the next two years, can we still organize on the subject of the First World War ? Are there  new themes that can be addressed?  And, above all, what after 2018 ? How can we ensure that this enthusiasm continues after 2018 ?
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Meeting the Associated Researchers

 On 23 May, we invited our associated researchers to CegeSoma. During this internal study day, a majority of the (meanwhile fifteen) researchers presented their project to the academic staff. The subjects were as rich as they were diverse: the family memory and the collaboration (both subjects related to the Second World War), a biographical study of Hugo Claus, the volunteers from Belgium in the Spanish civil war,… The Second World War is undoubtedly the dominant theme within this group of researchers. Read more...

The Cahiers d’histoire du temps présent and numerous other publications of CegeSoma at give-away prices

For a modest sum, it is still possible to acquire the majority of the CHTP-BEG as well as several studies and work instruments on Belgian 20th century history.

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Deux siècles de justice. Encyclopédie historique de la justice belge


During the shocking moments of the Dutroux affair, a commonplace remark was that Belgian justice ought to move on from the 19th to the 21st century. In reality, this judiciary system has developed continually on the frenetic pace of the ebb and flow of the priorities of Belgian society.  A voluminous encyclopedia gathering the top experts in the field gives a full account of the question (to order it, click here).
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From Flemish Catholic Students Movement to Collaboration

The Piet Meuwissen Archives are available


Piet Meuwissen's daughter has recently deposited her father's archives at CegeSoma. The archive is henceforth available for research and study. Meuwissen is best known for his controversial mandate as director of the National Corporation for Food and Agriculture between 1940 and 1944.
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