Antoon de Baets

Dr. Antoon de Baets

Lecturer of History and Human Rights and History and Philosopy of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen.

Founder (1995) and coordinator of the Network of Concerned Historians.


Some recent publications

Crimes Against History. Routledge.

De Universele Verklaring van de Rechten van de Mens en de historicus [The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Historian]. Amsterdam University Press / Pallas Publications.

Responsible History. Berghahn.

Texts to download

“The Historian-King: Political Leaders, Historical Consciousness, and Wise Government”, in S. Berger, ed. The Engaged Historian: Perspectives on the Intersections of Politics, Activism and the Historical Profession. Berghahn, pp. 79-117.

“The Censorship of History and Fact-Finding in Brazil (1964–2018)”, in N. Schneider, ed. The Brazilian Truth Commission in the Latin American Context: Local, National, and Global Perspectives. Berghahn, pp. 68-85.

Book review of M. Ignatieff and S. Roch, eds. Academic Freedom: The Global Challenge. Central European University Press, 2018. In Connections: A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists and H-Soz-Kult, june 2019.

“Combatting Crimes against History”. History News Network, op-ed; 10 February 2019.

“Laws Governing the Historian’s Free Expression”, in B. Bevernage & Nico Wouters, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of State-Sponsored History After 1945. Palgrave-MacMillan, pp. 39-67.

“The United Nations Human Rights Committee’s View of the Past”, in U. Belavusau & A. Gliszczyńska, eds. Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History. Cambridge University Press, pp. 29-47.

“Censorship by European States of Views on Their Past as Colonizers”, in L. Martin, ed. Les Censures dans le monde, XIXe−XXIe siècle (Censorship in the world, 19th-21st centuries). Presses Universitaires de Rennes, pp. 229-245.

“A Historian’s View of the International Freedom of Expression Framework”. Secrecy and Society, vol. 1, no. 1, article 8, 18 pages.

“A Historian’s View on the Right to Be Forgotten”. International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, vol. 30, nos. 1-2, pp. 57-66.

“Plutarch’s Thesis: The Contribution of Refugee Historians to Historical Writing (1945–2015)”. Storia della Storiografia / History of Historiography, vol. 69 no. 1, pp. 27-38.

“Reflections on Exile Historiography”. Storia della Storiografia / History of Historiography, vol. 69, no. 1, pp. 11-26.

“Democracy and Historical Writing”Historiografías, n. 9, pp. 31-43.

De Universele Verklaring van de Rechten van de Mens en de historicus. Pallas Publications / Amsterdam University Press.

“History of Human Rights”, in James D. Wright, ed. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, vol. 11. Elsevier, pp. 367–374.

“Post-Conflict History Education Moratoria: A Balance”World Studies in Education, vol. 16, n. 1, pp. 5-30.

“The Year Zero: Iconoclastic Breaks with the Past”, in Ryszard Koziol & Magdalena Mikolajczyk, eds. Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis, 165. Studia Politologica XIII. Wydawnictwo Naukowe UP, pp. 3-18.

“Archivists killed for political reasons”Comma: International Journal on Archives, n. 2, pp. 123–134.

“Uma teoria do abuso da História”Revista Brasileira de História, vol. 33, n. 65, pp. 17-60.

“Does Inhumanity Breed Humanity? Investigation of a Paradox”. History and Theory, vol. 51, pp. 451-465.

“The Dark Side of Historical Writing: Reflections on the Censorship of History Worldwide (1945-2012)”, in G. Resta & V. Zeno-Zencovich, eds. Riparare, risarcire, ricordare: un dialogo tra storici e giuristi. Editoriale Scientifica, pp. 343-370.

“Censorship and History since 1945”, in Axel Schneider & Daniel Woolf, eds. The Oxford History of Historical Writing, volume 5, 1945 to Present. Oxford University Press, pp. 52–73.

“Conceptualising Historical Crimes”Historein, vol. 11, pp. 60-70.

“History and Human Rights”Storia della Storiografia, vols. 59-60, pp. 43-49.

“Taxonomy of Concepts Related to the Censorship of History”Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, vol. 19, pp. 53–65.

“Historical Imprescriptibility”Storia della Storiografia, n. 59-60, pp. 128-149.

“History and Human Rights: Introduction to the Special Issue”Storia della Storiografia, n. 59-60, pp. 43-49.

“How Free Expression and Academic Freedom Differ”University Values: A Bulletin on International Academic Freedom, Autonomy & Responsibility, n. 3.

Taxonomy of Concepts Related to the Censorship of History”, in Susan Maret, ed. Government Secrecy, Series Research in Social Problems and Public Policy. Emerald, no. 19, pp. 53–65.

“Onverjaarbare historische misdrijven”Internationale Spectator64, n. 5, pp. 293-297.

“A Code of Ethics for Historians (proposal)”, in Antoon de Baets. Responsible History. Berghahn, pp. 188-196.

“The Impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the Study of History”. History and Theory: Studies in the Philosophy of History, 48, pp. 20-43.

“The Abuse of History: Demarcations, Definitions and Historical Perspectives”, in Herman Hoen & Mary Kemperink, eds. Vision in Text and Image: The Cultural Turn in the Study of Arts. Peeters, pp. 159-173.

“The Grandeur of Historiography”Storia della Storiografia, n. 51, pp. 141-147.

“Grandeur van de historiografie”. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 120, n. 1, pp. 114-117.

“A Successful Utopia: The Doctrine of Human Dignity”Historein: A Review of the Past and Other Stories, n. 7, pp. 71-85.

Postume privacy en reputatie”, in Hans Renders and
Gerrit Voerman, eds. Privé in de politieke biografie. Boom, pp. 108–123.

“Histoire et diffamation”, in Pascal Durand, Pierre Hébert, Jean-Yves Mollier & François Valloton, eds. La censure de l’imprimé: Belgique, France, Québec et Suisse romande, XIXe et XXe siècles. Éditions Nota Bena, pp. 397-428.

“The Network of Concerned Historians: A Decade of Campaigning”History Australia: The Australian Historical Association, Bulletin, 3, n. 1, pp. 16.1-16.4.

“Exile and Acculturation: Refugee Historians since the Second World War”International History Review, n. 2, pp. 316-349.

“Last Rites, Old Wrongs”The Times Higher Education Supplement, n. 1861 (4 March), p. 16.

“Argumenten voor en tegen een ethische code voor historici”Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 118, n. 4, pp. 564-571.

“Ethische codes als kompassen: een nawoord”Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 118, n. 4, pp. 581-582.

“The Dictator’s Secret Archives: Rationales for Their Creation, Destruction, and Disclosure”, in Alasdair MacDonald & Arend H. Huussen, eds. Scholarly Environments: Centres of Learning and Institutional Contexts 1600-1960. (Groningen Studies in Cultural Change, vol. 7). Peeters, pp. 181-196.

“A Declaration of the Responsibilities of Present Generations Toward Past Generations”. History and Theory: Studies in the Philosophy of History, 43, pp. 130-164.

“Na de genocide Waarheidsstrategieën van rechters en historici”Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 116, n. 2, pp. 212-230.

“Defamation Cases against Historians”History and Theory: Studies in the Philosophy of History, 41, n. 3, pp. 346-366.

“History: School Curricula and Textbooks”, in Derek Jones, ed. Censorship: A World Encyclopedia. Fitzroy, pp. 1067-1073.

“Resistance to the Censorship of Historical Thought in the Twentieth Century”, in Sølvi Dogner, ed. Making Sense of Global History: The 19th International Congress of Historical Sciences, Oslo 2000, Commemorative Volume. Universitetsforlaget, pp. 389-409.

“Human Rights, History of”, in Neil J. Smelser & Paul B. Baltes, eds. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, vol. 10. Elsevier-Pergamon, pp. 7012-7018.