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New publications: 

Information Beyond Borders: International Cultural and Intellectual Exchange in the Belle Époque
Edited by W. Boyd Rayward

‘Historians are showing that the globalization of information is not a unique historical feature of the contemporary era,
but a recurrent construction possessing many facets and unsuspected properties – including a longstanding utopian
element. The contributors to this fine collection unearth a revealing series of cultural, intellectual, and technological
projects to universalize information systems during the decades before World War I and, in the process, give us new ways
of understanding the lineages of our own time.’ Read more.

Berber Bevernage and Chris Lorenz. Breaking up Time. Negotiating the Borders between Present, Past and Future

Thirteen expert historians and philosophers address basic questions on historical time and on the distinctions between past, present and future. Their contributions are organised around four themes: the relation between time and modernity; the issue of ruptures in time and the influence of  catastrophic events such as revolutions and wars on temporal distinctions; the philosophical analysis of historical time and temporal distinctions; and the construction of time outside Europe through processes of colonialism, imperialism, and globalisation.

Chris Lorenz is Professor of German Historical Culture at the VU University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Berber Bevernage is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theory of History at the Department of History, Ghent University, Belgium.


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Daniel Laqua, Christophe Verbruggen and Gita Deneckere. Beyond Belgium: Encounters, Exchanges and Entanglements, c. 1900–1925

Special issue Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire / Belgisch tijdschrift voor filologie en geschiedenis, vol 90, no. 4 (2012)

The 'Beyond Belgium' project was launched in the summer of 2009 by two historians from Belgium (Christophe Verbruggen and Gita Deneckere) and one from the UK (Daniel Laqua). Over the past decade, there has been a wealth of methodological reflection on the writing of transnational history and on particular approaches from Transfergeschichte to histoire croisée. The project takes inspiration from the 'transnational turn' and, at the same time, seeks to offer fresh perspectives on Belgium in the period between 1900 and 1925.

Why this time frame, and why Belgium? In chronological terms, the main focus is on the Belle Epoque - the pre-war years which were characterised by a rich variety of cultural exchanges and a plethora of movements for social reform. Yet the project also looks beyond the Great War as it seeks to trace particular ruptures and continuities. As a whole, it explores the ways in which transnational encounters and strong nationalisms clashed and coexisted. The interplay between national and transnational processes is also the reason why, despite its transnational ambitions, the project involves looking at one particular country. All authors consider national developments, but they follow the links that lead 'beyond Belgium', acknowledging the international congresses, campaigns and currents for which Belgium was a site.
In April 2010, the project organisers hosted an international workshop on the eve of of the 8th European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC). This workshop was entitled 'Beyond Belgium: Transnational Cultural and Social Entanglements, 1880-1925'. The event allowed the contributors to present work-in-progress and consider the wider framework of 'Beyond Belgium'.

Based on these discussions, we set around to produce a special journal issue, containing co-authored pieces that are themselves the result of transnational cooperation. This special journal issue, entitled Beyond Belgium: Encounters, Exchanges and Entanglements, 1900-1925, appeared as vol. 90, no. 4 of the Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire / Belgisch tijdschrift voor filologie en geschiedenis.