Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations

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This website includes datasets on coin production in the Southern and Northern Low Countries (present-day Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg) that were compiled by various historians over the past... [Project]
Following Belgium’s surrender in May 1940, the Belgian socialist leader Hendrik (Henri) De Man was convinced the Germans would be victorious in Europe. In his “Manifesto” of 28 June 1940, he... [Item of the Day]
The central guild adagio of fairness and equal opportunity amongst guild members in the medieval cloth cities in the Southern Netherlands had its impact on labour time regulation also. The city of... [Item of the Day]
When the Belgian painter James Ensor conceived his famous work of art l'Entrée du Christ à Bruxelles, Belgium experienced an année terrible.  In a time of severe economic depression, with large parts... [Item of the Day]
During the first two weeks of August 1914, the Germans besieged Liège and Belgium was dragged into the Great War. Nearly a million Belgian refugees poured into the Netherlands.100,000 were to stay... [Item of the Day]
Henri Jean Vleminckx (1826-1906) pioneered in the field of Belgian national health. During an epidemic of cholera in 1866, this forensic doctor was the first in Belgium to stress the connection... [Item of the Day]
Dockers from Antwerp, Belgium, stopped work during the month of September 1907 to get one more frank pay (of five Bfr.) Strike breakers from England caused a lot of fighting in the streets and the... [Item of the Day]
In the past, as today, the government always needed money. One of the ways to save was to call for public contracts to perform major projects. The project was granted to the lowest bidder. Thus it... [Item of the Day]
At the third Olympic games for workers in Antwerp in 1937, the threat of fascism was clearly visible. The communists had always been excluded from the labour Olympiad, but this year for the first... [Item of the Day]
On 24 April 1966, Belgian communist youth marched through the streets of Brussels against imperialism in Congo. In Congo – the former Belgian colony that had become independent in 1960 – chaos... [Item of the Day]

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