War, the judiciary and socio-economic consensus : Belgium after the first and after the second World War.

Project Details


This project studies the proces of consensus making on social and economic policy during war and its consequences for the postwar penalization of economic quislings. The First and Second World War are analyzed in this perspective. Special attention is paid to the role of sicial-democracy, that advocated a mild penalization in contrast with the judiciary that was in favour of severe repression. Another central topic are labour relations at factory level during war and the impact on the process of formation of social concensus. The project has an international comparative perspective starting from the Belgian case since Belgium is the only West-European country that experienced a large scale occupation two times.
Effective start/end date1/01/9931/12/01

Flemish discipline codes

  • History and archaeology
  • Law and legal studies


  • history of law
  • sociology of law