Prof. dr. L.H.J. (Louis) Sicking

Position:
  • Lecturer
Expertise:
  • Late Medieval and Early Modern Low Countries, including the Dutch Revolt
  • History of International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Maritime History and History of discoveries, European Expansion and Globalisation
  • Urban History


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2717
E-Mail: l.h.j.sicking@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.77a
Personal Homepage: www.hum.leiden.edu/​history/​staff/​sicking.html


Louis Sicking is also Aemilius Papinianus professor (extraordinary chair) in the History of Public International Law, at VU University Amsterdam.

Spreekuur / Hours

By appointment only.

Fields of interest

Louis Sicking is lecturer in medieval and early modern history.

He has a broad interest in various fields ranging from medieval history, maritime history, history of the Low Countries in the later Middle Ages and early modern period, and European history, to the history of European expansion, French colonial history and archival sciences.
He is especially interested in the influence of political decision-making and the use of violence on economic development at local, regional and central levels in the Low Countries and elsewhere.

He considers the archives as the laboratory of the historian and tries to encourage his students to do archival research (see below: education).

Research in progress

  • Risk management, interest groups and legislation. Local, regional and international dynamics in the maritime transport sector of the Low Countries, c. 1550-1650.
  • Information Management and Diplomatic Culture: Cornelis de Schepper (Scepperus) as ambassador of emperor Charles V.
  • European expansion in the Indian Ocean and Pacific, 1450-1850’, in: D. Parrot and A. Waldron eds., The Cambridge history of warfare III (2014).
  • ‘Warfare at Sea, c.1500-1815’, H. Scott ed., Oxford Handbook of early modern European History II (2014). 
  • ‘Le maritime, fondement de la prédominance commerciale et économique des Provinces Unies’ , Océanides (2015).

Key publications

  • Zeemacht en onmacht. Maritieme politiek in de Nederlanden, 1488-1558. Bijdragen tot de Nederlandse marinegeschiedenis 7 (Amsterdam 1998).






  • L.H.J. Sicking en C.H. van Rhee eds., Briève instruction en causes civiles. Filips Wielant verzameld werk II (Brussel, Koninklijke Vlaams Academie van Wetenschappen van België, 2009) 373 blz.


  • Mario Damen en Louis Sicking eds. Bourgondië voorbij. De Nederlanden, 1250-1650 (Verloren 2010)


Lectures and papers in 2012

  • Paper ‘La guerre sur mer en Europe, 1350-1650’, Séminaire histoire de la guerre, Université Lille III,  Lille, 8 February 2012  
  • Paper ‘Dutch admirals’ in Danish service’, Symposium The Dutch/Danish court painter and collector Karel van Mander III (1609-1670), LUCD, Universiteit Leiden, 20 April 2012  
  • Paper ‘Les îles, les pirates et l’État à l’ouest et à l’est d’Eurasie, IXe-XVIe siècles’, Colloque La piraterie au fil de l’histoire. Un défi pour l’État, Institut de recherche stratégique de l’École militaire/Université de La Rochelle, 9-12 May 2012  
  •  Paper ‚Die Offensive wird fortgesetzt. Das holländische Eingreifen im Ostseeraum im 15., 16. und 17. Jahrhundert’, Hansetagung Konfliktregelung der Hanse, Hansische Geschichtsverein Lüneburg, 28-30 May 2012 (invited lecture)  
  • Paper ‘Islands and maritime connections, networks and empires. An introduction’ at 6th International Congress of Maritime History, Gent 3-6 July 2012.  
    (with maritime archaeologist Arent Vos): paper ‘Converting merchantmen for war in the 16th century: the example of the wreck near Ritthem’ at 6th International Congress of Maritime History, Gent 3-6 July 2012. 
  • Paper ‘Shipping, Risk Management and Institutions in North-western Europe in the late Middle Ages’, Workshop ‘Economia e instituições na Idade Média. Novas abordagens’, Universidade dos Açores, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal, 8 October 2012
  •  Paper ‘479 jaar Turks-Nederlandse betrekkingen: de diplomatieke missie van Cornelis de Schepper naar Istanbul in 1533-1534’ at Symposium Diplomatieke Geschiedenis, Leiden 19 October 2012.
  •  Paper ‘Islands, pirates and the state. The Ottoman example in a global perspective’ First Eurasian maritime history conference, Istanbul, 5-9 November 2012

Other activities

  • Member of the international editorial board of the Anales de Historica Medieval de la Europea Atlántica , 2006-present.
  • Member of the scientific committee of Najera Medieval , 2006-present.
  • Associated Member of the Revue du Nord, 2005-present.
  • Member of the editorial board of Dutch Revolt (both Dutch and French versions), 2002-2012.
  • Permanent co-worker of the Hansische Umschau of the Hansische Geschichtsblätter, 2001-2011.
  • Member of the International Study Fund Committee of the Leiden University Fund (LUF), 2006-2008.
  • President of the Committee for Dutch History and Antiquities of the Association of Dutch Literature (Commissie voor Vaderlandse Geschiedenis en Oudheidkunde van de Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde), 2005-2006. 
  •  Member of the editorial board of the Tijdschrift voor Zeegeschiedenis, 2003-2008.
  • Member of the executive committee of the Dutch Association for Maritime History (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Zeegeschiedenis), 1998-2003.

Scholarships and prizes

  • Contributor and co-organiser of the exhibition and catalogue La pêche, l’or de Flandre for the Musée de Gravelines, France (2010)
  • Research fellow of Utrecht University (2009) for a contribution to the provincial history of Zeeland. 
  • Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), Wassenaar (2009)
  • Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Military History, The Hague (2006-2008)
  • Grant of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the English translation of Frontières d’Outre-Mer. La France et les Pays-Bas dans le monde atlantique au XIXe siècle (Paris 2006).
  •  Grant of the Dutch Ministery of Foreign Affairs (Dutch Embassy in Oslo) for lectures in the Archaeological Museum of Bergen and the Centre for Medieval Studies in Trondheim on the occasion of the first centennial of the Norwegian independence (2005)
  • Grant of the Research school Pallas of the Faculty of Arts of Leiden University for a stay at the Centre for Medieval Studies NTNU Trondheim (2004)
  • Grant of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the English translation of doctorate (2002)
  • Norwegian government scholarship for a stay at the Centre for Medieval Studies NTNU Trondheim (2002)
  • H.N. ter Veen prise for Flevoland, for the best article on the history of the Zuiderzee or Flevoland (1998)
  • Fellowship of the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW) (1997)
  • Fellowship of the Niels Stensen foundation (1996-1997)
  • Research fellow (WOM) of NWO (1992-1996)

Education: seminars in Medieval and Early Modern History

  • MA Research Seminar (2013-2014): ‘Diplomacy, war and peace, 1000-1600’
  • MA Research Seminar (2012-2013): ‘Diplomacy, war and peace, 1400-1700’(with Maurits Ebben)
  • MA Research Seminar 2009-2010 (together with R. Fagel): Mars and Mercury. The effect of violence and war on international trade, 1400-1650
  • MA Research Seminar 2007-2008: Port Cities, Infrastructure and Connectivity in the Low Countries and Europe, 1300-1600
  • MA Research Seminar 2005-2006 City and State. The Lobby of the cities of Holland in The Hague and Brussels (15th-16th c.)
  • BA Seminar 2007-2008 / 2009-2010 De mogelijkheid van een eiland. Perspectieven en percepties

Excursie naar Veere in het kader van BA Seminar Sleutels tot de zee.

Excursie naar Veere in het kader van BA Seminar Sleutels tot de zee.

  • BA Seminar 2006-2007 Stad, staat en oorlog in de Nederlanden en Europa in de 15e en 16e eeuw
  • BA Seminar 2004-2005 Sleutels tot de zee. Havens handel en infrastructuur in de Nederlanden en Europa in de late middeleeuwen


Onderzoek in het Algemeen Rijksarchief in Brussel in het kader van MA Research Seminar City and State.

Onderzoek in het Algemeen Rijksarchief in Brussel in het kader van MA Research Seminar City and State.

Onderzoek in het Algemeen Rijksarchief in Brussel in het kader van MA Research Seminar City and State.


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