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In 2005, KITLV, IISH and a third institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) initiated the research programme 'Bringing History Home. Postcolonial Identity Politics in the... [Event]
150 Dutch posters from the IISH collectionThe International Institute of Social History (IISH) has about 30,000 posters from the Netherlands. This site features 150 of them, reflecting a cross-... [Exhibition]
Een virtuele tentoonstelling van 65 portretten van Nederlandse ondernemers. Bekijk olieverfschilderijen van Willink, Nicolaas Pieneman, Govert Flinck, Thérèse Schwartze, sculpturen en andere... [Exhibition]
Nelson Mandela, an icon of our time, spent a long career in the South African liberation movement, the African National Congress. He served 27 years in jail for his leading role in the anti-apartheid... [Exhibition]
Solidarity Campaigns with Chile were set up all over the Netherlands in response to the brutal overthrow of the democratic Chilean government by a military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet.... [Image gallery]
After years of discussion and consideration, the Dutch diamond workers union ANDB and the employers agreed upon a general week's holiday in August 1910. The diamond industry in Amsterdam was closed... [Image gallery]
Gypsy life is highly imaginative. Gypsies are generally portrayed as lazy and unreliable: they live by begging and poaching, stealing chickens and robbing children. But the stereotype of the gypsy is... [Image gallery]
As soon as the First World War started, thousands of refugees poured into Holland. Belgian civilians, British marines, German deserters, and Russians escaped from German POW camps were sheltered... [Image gallery]
The first issue of PROVO (Amsterdam, 12 July 1965) featured traditional anarchist ideology and recipes for homemade dynamite and other explosives. Provo was an anarchist youth movement in Amsterdam... [Image gallery]
A selection of nine prints from the collections of IISH and Press Museum from the birth of the heir to the throne to the threats of the monarchy.  View the selection of the nine prints. [Image gallery]