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Department of Historical Sciences - Contemporary History, University of Fribourg

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The "Contemporary History Section" of the Department of Historical Sciences concentrates on the 19th and 20th century. It focuses on the political, economic, social and cultural basis of contemporary societies and enables a historically informed analysis of the present. Its research applies approaches of social sciences as well. Questions such as social inclusion and exclusion, which are fundamental for the understanding of the history of national states and other political models, are of particular interest. This leads to fields of research such as political systems, nationalism, racism, antisemitism, radical rightwing extremism, language politics, religion and denomination, migration, minorities as well as the history of women and gender.