Wim Blockmans
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Wim Blockmans

W. P. Blockmans
Wim Blockmans (2002)
Willem Pieter Blockmans

1945 (1945)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Ghent
ThesisDe volksvertegenwoordiging in Vlaanderen onder het huis van Bourgondië (1384-1506) (1973)
Doctoral advisorWalter Prevenier
Academic work
Sub-disciplinelate-medieval and early-modern Europe
InstitutionsLeiden University
Doctoral studentsHans Cools
Main interestsBurgundian Netherlands

Willem Pieter Blockmans (born 26 May 1945, Antwerp, Belgium) was Professor of Medieval History at Leiden University between 1987 and 2010.[1] He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Ghent. He has been Rector of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study since September 2002. He has published extensively on late medieval and early modern state power.

He is a member of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society, Academia Europaea, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.[2]

His retirement was marked with two Festschriften, Power and Persuasion: Essays on the Art of State Building in Honour of W.P. Blockmans, edited by Peter Hoppenbrouwers, Antheun Janse and Robert Stein (Turnhout, Brepols, 2010), and Bourgondië voorbij: De Nederlanden, 1250-1650. Liber alumnorum Wim Blockmans, edited by Mario Damen and Louis Sicking (Hilversum, Verloren, 2010).


  • with Charles Tilly, Cities and the Rise of States in Europe, A.D. 1000 to 1800 (1994)
  • Emperor Charles V, 1500-1558 (London 2002)
  • Introduction to Medieval Europe 300-1550 (London/New York 2007)
  • with Walter Prevenier, The Promised Lands: The Low Countries Under Burgundian Rule, 1369-1530 (2010)


  1. ^ "Willem Pieter Blockmans (Wim)" (in Dutch). Leiden University. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Wim Blockmans" (in Dutch). Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2015.

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