Prof. dr. J.F.J. (Jeroen) Duindam

  • Professor
  • Early Modern European History
  • Comparative History
  • Dynastic Power Centres in Europe and Asia
  • Stateformation

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2759
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Algemene Geschiedenis
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.64
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The comparative study of rulers and elites forms the core of my research interest. The connections between rulers and elites were formed partly at the dynastic court; hence this institution plays a key role in my work. Initially concentrating on early modern France and the Austrian Habsburg lands in the European dynastic context, I am now turning towards a wider comparative horizon notably including the Ottoman empire and Late Imperial China.

Currently, I lead the NWO-Horizon programme Eurasian Empires, including eight researchers based at three Dutch universities.

In 2013-2014 I will work on a new book: Dynasty. A global history 1300-1800, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

Curriculum Vitae

Studying history (major) and anthropology (minor) at Utrecht University, I was struck by the different approaches to kingship and ritual in these disciplines. This contrast led me to write a critical dissertation on Norbert Elias’ theory of court life, Macht en Mythe (1992), published in an expanded and translated edition as Myths of Power in 1995. In the years before my dissertation, I combined various teaching positions with a job as bassoonist. From 1991 to 2008, I held a sequence of assistant- and associate professorships at the Utrecht History Department, in cultural history, history of international relations, and political history. In these years I also actively participated in the restructuring of the department’s curriculum. A 1999-2000 NWO-research leave allowed me to write my archival comparative study on the courts of Vienna and Versailles, published by Cambridge University Press in 2003 (translated into Italian and Spanish).

In 2008 I was appointed to the chair for early modern history at Groningen, followed by an appointment to the chair for modern history at Leiden University in September 2010.

Key publications

Royal Courts in Dynastic States and Empires. A Global Perspective (Leiden 2011). Edited by Jeroen Duindam, Tülay Artan and Metin Kunt.

Vienna and Versailles. The Courts of Europe's Dynastic Rivals, 1550-1780(Cambridge 2003); paperback edition Cambridge 2007;  

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Myths of Power. Norbert Elias and the Early Modern European Court (Amsterdam 1995).

Inaugural lecture

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