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Thijs Brocades Zaalberg

University Lecturer

Dr. T.W. Brocades Zaalberg
+31 71 527 2770

As a military historian I teach and write on colonial warfare, counter-insurgency and peace operations. Currently I am coordinating a theme group at the Netherlands Insitute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) that compares extreme violence during the wars of decolonization. I have studied at the University of Groningen and Trinity College Dublin and earned my PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 2005. Before joining Leiden University I worked at Netherlands Institute of Military History (NIMH) in The Hague. My other half-time position is as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Military Sciences of the Netherlands Defence Academy in Breda.

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My research concentrates on the nexus between the military and civil authorities in crisis and conflict. On this topic I have authored Soldiers and Civil Power and co-authored A Gentle Occupation: Dutch Military Operations in Iraq, 2003-2005. As an editor and author I also contribute to the volumes on overseas military operations in the NIMH-series The Military History of the Netherlands. Another book I co-authored is American Visions of the Netherlands East Indies: US Foreign Policy and Indonesian Nationalism, 1920-1949.


University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.71b


  • Nederlandse Defensie Academie Universitair Hoofddocent

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