What is the
International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS)?

The International Committee of Historical Sciences
The International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS) was created in the wake of a conference on historical sciences held in Brussels in 1923, and was officially chartered on May 14, 1926, in Geneva. Headquarters for the ICHS are located in Lausanne, with the secretariat in Paris. The ICHS brings together historians representing all specializations within the field. Since its inception, the ICHS has sought to develop the knowledge and practice of historical sciences through an approach of international cooperation.

The three principal bodies of the ICHS are National Committees, Affiliated International Organizations and Internal Commissions. At a primary level, a country wishing to participate in the ICHS must form a committee made up of representatives of its historical profession. Each of these National Committees sends a delegate to the General Meeting. As of 1998, ICHS has 48 such National Committees. Membership is decided at the General Meeting. The ICHS is financed by annual membership fees collected from the National Committees and Affiliated International Organizations.

At a second level, historians form Organizations according to their area of interest, and these organizations are affiliated with the International Committee. For example, specialists in urban history are part of the International Commission on the History of Cities, specialists in military history are part of the International Committee on the History of the Second World War, as well as the International Commission on Comparative Military History. At the present time, there are 22 Affiliated International Organizations, each represented at the General Meeting by a delegate.

Finally, at a third level, the International Committee itself creates Internal Commissions, either to accomplish a specific task, such as the International Bibliography of Historical Sciences, or to reinforce and stimulate work in certain areas of research, such as the International Federation for Research on Women's History or the International Commission on the History of International Relations. There are currently 18 operating Internal Commissions, which are not, however, represented at the General Meeting.

The ICHS holds a General Meeting at least every three years. A Meeting is held before and after every congress, during which the Bureau is elected and partially renewed. Only official delegates of the National Committees and Affiliated International Organizations are invited to attend General Meetings and have the right to vote.

For further information, please consult the Annual Information Bulletin of the ICHS, or write to the secretary general, Professor François Bédarida, Institut d'Histoire du Temps Présent (CNRS), Bâtiment Laplace - École normale Supérieure de Cachan, 61 Avenue du Président Wilson, 94235 Cachan Cedex France. (fax: +33 1 47 40 68 03)

List of International Congress of Historical Sciences

I Paris 1900
II Rome 1903
III Berlin 1908
IV London 1913
V Brussels 1923
VI Oslo 1928
VII Warsaw 1933
VIII Zurich 1938
IX Paris 1950
X Rome 1955
XI Stockholm 1960
XII Vienna 1965
XIII Moscow 1970
XIV San Fransico 1975
XV Bucharest 1980
XVI Stuttgart 1985
XVII Madrid 1990
XVIII Montréal 1995


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