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Henk Wesseling (6 August 1937 – 18 August 2018) was a Dutch historian. He was a professor emeritus of contemporary history at Leiden University, former rector of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study between 1995 and 2002.

Henk Wesseling
Leendert Strengholt, Henk Wesseling and Queen Beatrix (1987)
Born(1937-08-06)6 August 1937
Died18 August 2018(2018-08-18) (aged 81)
Alma materLeiden University
Known forDivide and Rule: The Partition of Africa, 1880-1914
AwardsThe Honorary medal for Arts and Science of the Order of the House of Orange
Scientific career
InstitutionsLeiden University
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study

In 1988 he became member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.[1]


  • Soldaat en krijger. Franse opvattingen over leger en oorlog, 1905-1914 (Assen, 1969; 2nd edition: Amsterdam 1988) translated into English as Soldier and Warrior. French Attitudes toward the Army and War on the Eve of the First World War (Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut, and London 2000)
  • (ed.) Expansion and Reaction. Essays on European Expansion and Reactions in Asia and Africa (Leiden 1978)
  • Vele ideeën over Frankrijk. Opstellen over geschiedenis en cultuur [Essays on French history and civilization] (Amsterdam 1987)
  • Indië verloren, rampspoed geboren en andere opstellen over de geschiedenis van de Europese expansie [Essays on the history of European expansion] (Amsterdam 1988)
  • ed. with J. A. de Moor) Imperialism and War. Essays on Colonial Wars in Asia and Africa (Leiden 1989)
  • Verdeel en heers. De deling van Afrika, 1880-1914, 1991, Bert Bakker - Amsterdam, ISBN 90-351-2880-X (Divide and Rule. The Partition of Africa, 1880-1914. Westport: Praeger Publishers, 1996 (Translation of Verdeel en Heers, 1991))
  • Oorlog lost nooit iets op. Opstellen over Europese geschiedenis (Amsterdam 1993)
  • Onder historici. Opstellen over geschiedenis en geschiedschrijving (Amsterdam 1995)
  • Bibliografie van de geschriften van prof. dr. H. L. Wesseling (Amsterdam, 2002)
  • Europa's koloniale eeuw. De koloniale rijken in de negentiende eeuw, 1815-1919, druk 2003, 396 blz., uitgeverij Bert Bakker - Amsterdam, ISBN 90-351-2421-9
  • Frankrijk in oorlog. De meest dramatische eeuw uit de Franse geschiedenis., druk 2006, 352 blz., uitgeverij Bert Bakker - Amsterdam, ISBN 90-351-3061-8
  • Plaatsen van Herinnering, 4 dln., Amsterdam, 2005-2007.


  1. ^ "Henk Wesseling". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 31 July 2015.