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We were deeply saddened to learn that Heiner Becker, one of the world’s foremost experts in the history of anarchism, died from the results of a stroke on April 4, 2017, at the age of 65. He was a thoroughly dedicated collector, researcher, editor and publisher in the field, whose deep knowledge was only matched by his uncompromising quality standards.
Wrecking, the illegal seizure of materials and cargo of shipwrecks, was an important economic activity for centuries. Kersti Lust, in the latest issue of IRSH (62, 2017), studied hundred of shipwrecks between 1780 and 1870 in what is today Estonia. The international scholarly tradition views wrecking as an activity of the common people.
A great-niece of Karl Liebknecht presented the Institute with a very special gift: Liebknecht’s death mask. Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, leaders of the Spartacist Rebellion in Berlin, were tortured and murdered by paramilitaries on 15 January 1919. Liebknecht’s body was deposited as an ‘unknown man’ at the morgue in Berlin.
Daniel Rey Piuma published unique secret material on the vitims of the Videla regime in Argentina. His archive came to the IISH in 2017.
The Russian writer Michail Shishkin devoted an essay to the Russian-Swiss couple Lydia Kochetkova and Fritz Brupbacher, based on their correspondence in the Brupbacher archive at the IISH
Het Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis (IISG) en de FNV hebben een convenant gesloten over het beheer van het omvangrijke archief van de federatie. Hierin stelt de FNV het IISG een bedrag van meer dan 2 miljoen euro ter beschikking voor archiefverwerking, digitalisering en onderzoek.
On March 3 and 4 the first conference of the Global Labour History Network (GLHN) took place in Noida, near New Delhi, India.
Five case studies in the latest issue of TSEG (vol 13, 2016, no 4) unravel and analyse the connections and interdependencies between economic actors, knowledge institutions and the State in the agro-food chain.
For instance, Marijn Molena examines the early years of the Friesian Dairy School and offers a case study of how knowledge institutions were integrated into a regional economic cluster.
All Review Articles of TSEG vol 13 no 4:
Op 25 januari 2017 promoveerde IISG-onderzoeker Rombert Stapel cum laude aan de Universiteit Leiden op zijn onderzoek naar de totstandkoming van een unieke vijftiende-eeuwse Middelnederlandse kroniek over de geschiedenis van de Duitse Orde.
On Friday 27 January, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order on Immigration effectively banning people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen entry to the United States. Both in its presuppositions and its consequences, the Executive Order is discriminatory against the inhabitants of the countries concerned.
As members of the scientific community in the Netherlands, we sign this pledge of non-cooperation with the Executive Order. Our concern goes out to all persons who are now barred from entering the United States on discriminatory grounds.
With many IISH archives digitized and accessible online, any interested observer can experience the drama and romance behind archival documents from the comfort of their favourite armchair.