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21st International Congress of Historical Sciences

The congress of the International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS) took place in Amsterdam in 2010, from 22 - 28 August.

The Congress is jointly organized by four organizations:
the Netherlands National Committee: Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch Genootschap (KNHG)
Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)
Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB)
International Institute of Social History, (IISH)

The International Congress of Historical Sciences takes place every five years. This Congress provides an ideal venue for extensive reports, papers, debates, exchanges, and meetings reflecting historical research in action. It is the meeting place for the global community of historians.

In recent years the Congress has been held in Madrid (1990), Montreal (1995), Oslo (2000), and Sydney (2005).

The Congress' themes were adopted by the General Assembly of the CISH of 2007. In 2006 the Secretary General issued a call for theme/session proposals.

Conference Site

The congress took place in the Amsterdam city center and was hosted by the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA).


The full text of the publice lecture by Nelleke Noordervliet (closing session) is now available.


ICHS 2010 on Vimeo.

Debates at the Holland History House


For a report of daily events see /Geschiedenis - VPRO (in Dutch).


Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. Few cities are able to offer what Amsterdam can: picturesque canals lined with splendid 17th and 18th-century merchants' houses, a wide variety of museums with art collections that are as beautiful as they are historically important, colorful markets and many pleasant terraces. Amsterdam's historical charm is just one aspect of this dynamic modern city. The splendor of its waterside buildings blends with a sophisticated business environment into a unique mix of the classic and the contemporary.

Amsterdam is a surprisingly user-friendly city. As major cities go, it is fairly small: the official population in 2007 was 738.763. The center of Amsterdam, built mainly in the 17th and 18th century, is horseshoe-shaped. This area is encircled by a zone built in the 19th century, with many beautiful mansions. The city center is compact and easy to get around, as you can walk almost everywhere.

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