Professor by special appointment Military History
Ben Schoenmaker is Professor by special appointment of Military History at the Leiden institute for History.
Fields of interest
Military history from the Napoleonic era until the present, particularly the relationship between armed forces and society. Another main field of interest is the history of UN- or NATO-led peace and counterinsurgency operations.
The history of the Dutch armed forces and especially the Dutch contribution to international military and naval operations. Dutch defence policy and the relationship between armed forces and society in the nineteenth century.
The history of warfare and military thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Different topics concerning Dutch military history.
Dr. Ben Schoenmaker (Rotterdam, 1961) studied at Leiden University. He graduated in 1987 with a degree in history and economics. After he completed his military service in 1988, he was recruited by the Netherlands Institute of Military History (NIMH), which is part of the Ministry of Defence in The Hague. Since then he has published numerous books and articles on the history of the Dutch armed forces and on military history in general. In June 2017, he was appointed as director of the Netherlands Institute of Military History.
Ben Schoenmaker, Burgerzin en soldatengeest. De relatie tussen volk, leger en vloot 1832-1914. Amsterdam 2009.
Ben Schoenmaker en Floribert Baudet, Officieren aan het woord. De geschiedenis van de Militaire Spectator, 1832-2007. Amsterdam 2007.
B.C. de Pater, B. Schoenmaker e.a., De Grote Atlas van Nederland/Comprehensive Atlas of The Netherlands 1930-1950. Zierikzee 2005.
Ben Schoenmaker en Herman Roozenbeek, Vredesmacht in Libanon. De Nederlandse deelname aan UNIFIL 1979-1985. Amsterdam 2004.
J. Hoffenaar en B. Schoenmaker, Met de blik naar het Oosten. De Koninklijke Landmacht 1945-1990. Den Haag 1994.
- Hoofd Afdeling Operationele Dienstverlening en Ondersteuning