Guy Vanthemsche

Guy Vanthemsche (Ghent, 1958) obtained his Ph.D. in 1987 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. As of then, he teaches contemporary history at the same university. He is co-director of the journal Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Filologie en Geschiedenis, member of the Koninklijke Commissie voor Geschiedenis and of the Koninklijke Academie voor Overzeese Wetenschappen. He is mainly interested in the study of 19th- and 20th-century economic, social and political processes, with special attention for the state's role in the socio-economic sphere and the dynamics of different economic sectors (social security, transport, finance, colonial politics).



CORe publicatiONs

  • Guy Vanthemsche, Belgium and the Congo, 1885-1980, Cambridge, Cambridge University press, 2012.
  • Guy Vanthemsche, België en Congo: merktekens van een kolonie (van de jaren 1880 tot de jaren 1980), Tielt, Lannoo, 2007.
  • Guy Vanthemsche, La Sabena et l'aviation commerciale belge 1923-2001, Brussel, De Boeck, 2001.
  • Guy Vanthemsche, De beginjaren van de sociale zekerheid in België (1944-1963), Brussel, VUBPress, 1994.


Topics for Bachelor's paper and Master's thesis

  • Socio-economic organizations in Belgium (19th and 20th century)
  • The position of the state
  • Industrial and financial branches
  • Belgian colonization in the Congo
  • Military history
  • International relations


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  • room 5C420
  • 1st semester: Wednesday 5-6 pm and Thursday 11-12 am
  • 2nd semester: Monday 10-11 am and by appointment
  • no contact during the holidays
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