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Anne Petterson

University Lecturer

Dr. A.F. Petterson
+31 71 527 1167

Fields of interest

Political culture, nationalism, social movements (19th-20th century), history from below, urban history, Dutch history.


Anne’s current research deals with the ways Dutch citizens claimed access to institutional politics around 1900. From the 1870s until the 1920s the introduction of modern political parties and general suffrage fundamentally transformed the political landscape in the Netherlands. Where did both voters and non-voters locate political power? How did citizens express their political demands? And which popular practices were perceived or labeled as ‘political’?

Curriculum vitae

Anne obtained her PhD at Leiden University in January 2017. Her doctoral thesis on popular nationalism in 19th-century Amsterdam (published as Eigenwijs vaderland. Populair nationalisme in negentiende-eeuws Amsterdam - Prometheus 2017) is concerned with the question how ‘ordinary’ citizens imagined The Netherlands and shaped a national identity through the experience and use of their urban surroundings. Together with Elisabeth Dieterman and Anne Heyer, she initiated the Political History PhD Network, which organizes international workshops for PhD students in Political History and publishes a monthly newsletter. Anne is presently a member of the editorial board of Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis and board member of Werkgroep De Moderne Tijd.

University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Institute for History
  • Vaderlandse Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.21



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