Michael Serruys

Michael-W. Serruys studied early modern history at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and international relations at the Université catholique de Louvain.  He is mostly interested in (geo)political, economic, interurban and maritime history of the Austrian Netherlands, that is eighteenth century Belgium.  Currently he is researching the Austrian Netherlands’ transport and trade policy (The Austrian Netherlands’ transit policy.  Geopolitics of trade and transport in eighteenth century Belgium), first at Leiden University, today at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (HOST research Group).  He has written several international publications on this topic.  Together with Miki Sugiura (Tokyo International University) and Giovanni Favero (Università Ca’Foscari Venezia) he coordinates the ‘Gateways and Hinterland’-project.  This project aims to deepen our knowledge on the relations between urban networks and commodity flows in Europe (Middle Ages up till today).


Core Publications

  • Michael Serruys, 'The Belgians: a bi-maritime people. Belgian maritime identity and its representation in everyday life', in: Harald Hamre, Wouter Heijveld & David J. Starkey (eds.), Maritime people. 9th North Sea History Conference, Stavanger 2008 (Stavanger, 2011) 117-138.
  • Michael Serruys, 'Southern revenge? The Austrian Netherlands’ transit policy and the Dutch decline in the eighteenth century', Prague Papers on the History of International Relations 13 (2009) 157-179.
  • Michael Serruys, 'The port and city of Ostend and the process of state consolidation in the Southern Netherlands in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: a geopolitical approach', International Journal of Maritime History 19 (2007) 319-347.