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Inequality has become a hot topic of debate recently, both on a global and on a national scale. The latest Special Issue of TSEG/ the Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History offers a much needed historical perspective to this debate. It explores how inequality in the Low Countries can be measured for different time periods.
On 30 June 2017 the African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) and the IISH signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration on archival preservation.
LATIN AMERICAN LABOUR CONGRESS . Work and Labourers – Past and Present
La Paz, Bolivia – 2-8 May 2017
On June 16 Peter Waterman (1936 - 2017) passed away. He was journalist, trade union activist, historian and social scientist. After being active i n the international trade union movement, he studied at ISS in The Hague.
IISH has chosen the digital preservation system Archivematica to improve the ingest and long-term preservation of its digital collections. After a careful appraisal of various systems we started at the end of March with the implementation of Archivematica. We expect to have a beta version for born-digital archives at the end of June, after which the digitized collections and research data will follow.
De Volkskrant and the International Institute for Social History are looking for students who have written an outstanding thesis on a historical subject. Students of disciplines other than history are also cordially invited to apply for this award.
The IISH has a cash prize of € 1500 available for the winning thesis. De Volkskrant will publish an interview with the laureate.
Het Nederlands Persmuseum en het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid vormen vanaf 3 mei 2017 één organisatie
De fusie tussen het Nederlands Persmuseum en het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid is op vanaf woensdag 3 mei een feit. Door deze bundeling van krachten vormt zich één organisatie die de geschiedenis en actualiteit van media, pers en journalistiek integraal belicht en zorg draagt voor het beheer en de verdere ontwikkeling van de pers- en mediacollecties in Nederland.
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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.