Partner organizations

Organizations HEIRS collaborates with or has collaborated with in the past

    Our partner organization, the RICHIE network, like HEIRS aims to foster contacts between young researchers in European history, who are too often isolated within fields of research that are very compartmentalised. It is run by a team of young PhD students and academics from France and several European countries.
  • Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre (EUI, Florence)
    The Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre on the History of European integration is a joint effort of the Historical Archives of the European Union and the History Department of the European University Institute
  • Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe
    The Jean Monnet Foundation has collections of the private papers of leading actors of European construction such as of Robert Marjolin, Robert Schuman, Paolo Emilio Taviani, Robert Triffin, Lord Strathallan, Jacques Van Helmont and François Fontaine. The documentary resources are continually augmented by new donations.
  • European Union Liaison Committee of Historians
    The website provides information on the Liaison Committee of Historians and on the Journal of European Integration History.


Databases and archives

Research on the history of European integration starts with a visit to these archives and online databases

  • Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU)
    The HAEU is administered by the European University Institute, Florence. It is possible to look for documents online by using the research tools or the PDF version of the paper catalogues. The archives staff is fluent in English, German, French and Italian.
  • AEI – Archives of European integrationOnline archive of Pittsburgh University offering research materials regarding the history of European integration.
  • Eur-Lex

    EUR-Lex provides free access, in the 24 official EU languages, to the authentic Official Journal of the European Union, EU law, preparatory acts, EU case-law, international agreements, EFTA documents, summaries of EU legislation and other public documents.

  • European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) Historical Archives
    Based in Luxembourg, the EPRS holds digital copies of all proceedings of the European Parliament and offers a library and issues its own publications.
  • Churchill Archives Centre
    The Churchill Archives Centre holds collections of private papers covering the history of the Churchill era and includes the papers of politicians, statesmen, scientists, public servants, diplomats, soldiers, sailors and airmen.
  • European Commission: historical archives service
    On the basis of current regulations, the historical archives service co-ordinates the transfer of files and documents which are no longer of current administrative use to the Cabinets / Directorates General / Services from their collections to the depositories of the Historical Archives of the Commission. Not least, the archives service ensures the availability to the public of files and documents of the European Commission which are of historical, judicial or informative value according to the 30 year rule.
  • ENA – European Navigator
    Audio, audio-visual and written documents pertaining to EU history in original and translated into English. Excellent multimedia source.
  • ERPA – European Research Papers Archives
    Started by Michael Nentwich, University of Vienna, this website offers an effective way of tracing research material on European subjects published online.
  • EUI library – European Union information
    A selective list of links to European institutions and resources, including further link collections.
  • Groupe d’Etudes Histoire de l’Europe Contemporaine
    The Working Group History of Contemporary Europe (Groupe d’Etudes Histoire de l’Europe Contemporaine) was founded in 1987. The GEHEC also endeavours the organisation of colloquiums and seminars, the publication of papers and documents (edited by Peter Lang in the series EUROCLIO) and the collection of archives. The GEHEC is linked to the Jean Monnet Chair in History of Contemporary Europe (at the Université Catholique de Louvain).
  • History of European Integration Site
    The site, hosted by Leiden University, contains links to historical documents, video and audio fragments etc. listed in chronological order. It also contains timelines and bibliographies.
  • Humanities. Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte
    A useful newsletter and website providing information on recent publications in the field, conferences, jobs, accommodation advertisements; those who signed in on the newsletter are entitled to publish book reviews, conference calls, job offers etc.
  • Jean Monnet Centre for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice
    The site offers links to journals related to the history and development of the EU. It contains information on upcoming conferences, workshops, special lectures and summer schools in the area of European Integration research.
  • Tampere University library EU information archive
    Information regarding publications relevant to the History of European Integration. In Finnish.
  • World Wide Web Virtual Library – History Central Catalogue
    Website maintained by Serge Noiret of the European University Institute, Florence. The website provides information on Research: Methods and Materials, with an excellent list of archives of interest for scholars working on the history of European integration as well as on the Cold War.
  • Huygens-ING – The Netherlands and European Integration, 1950-1986
    Online database of documents from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs relating to European integration.



These journal provide a platform for academic publications relating to the history of European integration

  • Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER)
    The JCER is an open-access journal published by UACES in association with the UACES Student Forum. It invites submissions from scholars who are experts in any subject area delivering analysis that relates to Europe. The journal publishes the work of established academics alongside that of PhD students and early career researchers.
  • Journal for European Integration History
    The purpose of The Journal of European Integration History is to encourage the analysis and understanding of different aspects of European integration, especially since 1945, in as wide a perspective as possible. The Journal publishes the conclusions of research on diplomatic, military, economic, technological, social and cultural aspects of integration. Numbers devoted to single themes as well as to diverse subjects are published in English, French or German.


Other networks

These networks are also active in the field of European studies and organize a host of events

    UACES is an academic association for Contemporary European Studies. It is a membership organisation for academics, students and practitioners who are interested in all aspects of Europe and the European Union. It organizes conferences, provides funding for members’ research activities and collaborates on the publication of books and journals.
  • Council for European Studies
    The Council for European Studies is on organization hosted at Columbia University which awards fellowships, grants and prizes; publishes research guides and journal issues and hosts an international conference.
  • European Union Studies Association
    EUSA is an American organization which issues prizes, scholarships and hosts conferences
  • Euroacademia
    Euroacademia is an organization, founded in Vienna (Austria), Paris (France), Lucca (Italy) and Brussels (Belgium), aiming to foster academic cooperation, networking and a platform for dissemination and valorization of academic research.


Institutes & Research centres

A selection of institutes and research centres that study European integration

  • Centre for European and International Studies Research
    An interdisciplinary centre for research in humanities and social sciences across the globe.
  • Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration
    The Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration e.V. (AEI) is an interdisciplinary group, which deals with questions regarding European integration and the European Union development. In German.
  • Centre d’études juridiques européenes, University of Geneva
    Also contains papers on the fundamental principles of the European Constitution.
  • Cold War International History Programme
    CWIHP was established at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington, D.C., in 1991. It provides published documents, articles and other information on the history of the Cold War, in particular new findings from previously inaccessible sources on the former Communist world.
  • Institut für Europäische Geschichte Mainz
    The department for Universalgeschichte promotes research on German and European history since the 16th Century and focuses in particular on the Franco-German relations. In German The Institute offers awards (from six months to one year) for the completion of PhD theses.
  • PHP – The Parallel History Project on NATO and the Warsaw Pact
    Established in 1999, the PHP provides new scholarly perspectives on contemporary international history by collecting, analyzing, and interpreting formerly secret governmental documents. In response to the declassification of NATO records and the steadily growing availability of documents from archives in Eastern and Central Europe, PHP brings together leading Cold War historians, archivists, and government officials. The findings are presented to the specialist academic community at conferences and published both in print and on the PHP website.