The Law of Historical Memory of Spain (Ley de la Memoria Histórica de España) (October 2007) has greatly enhanced research on the Spanish Civil War. Its purpose to rehabilitate the victims of war and their descendants has brought individual histories of participants to the fore.
Traditionally, acquisitions related to the Netherlands have included socialism and the labor movement in the 19th and 20th centuries. Since the 1970s, the social movement has expanded to include environmental issues, human rights, squatters, and similar subjects. The legacy of these new social movements can be found at the Institute as well.
Ter gelegenheid van de 150ste geboortedag van de dichter en politicus Pieter Jelles Troelstra (1860-1930) heeft het IISG een digitaal documentatie centrum geopend.
Since it was begun in 1987, the Turkish Desk has developed into one of the most important research centers worldwide on the history of modern Turkey.
British social history writing spans about seven centuries, from the medieval farmers' protests and enclosure movement to the 1984 miners' strike and the peace movement today. At the IISH both archival sources and secondary literature are available for research on topics such as the Industrial Revolution, the Chartists, and the political, economic, and social context of the workers' movement.
In the archives and collections at the IISH, the anti-war movement occupies a large place. This massive presence of archives from the peace movement is obviously a result of traditional interconnections between leftist political parties, pressure groups, and the peace movement.
This Women at Work Collection Guide provides information about the history of working women worldwide. Women worked throughout history in various jobs, from bakers, typists, weavers, butchers, from industrialists to road-sweepers. In the last thirty years women's history has developed as a discipline in history. The projects about women and work are expanding.
The IISH has a unique and manifold collection of Yiddish material consisting of books, brochures, periodicals and pamphlets of the early Jewish socialist and anarchist movement in Eastern and Western Europe.