Maartje Abbenhuis is a historian of neutrality, particularly of Europe in the period 1815 – 1919. She has published a book on the maintenance of neutrality by the Netherlands in the First World War, entitled ‘The Art of Staying Neutral. The Netherlands in the First World War, 1914 – 1918’ Amsterdam University Press, 2006). At present she is completing a general history of European neutrality from the Napoleonic era to the beginning of the First World War, with the title ‘An age of neutrals: Neutrality and great power politics 1815 – 1914’ (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). She has also worked on the history of European borderlands, the application of borderlands ‘ theory to war, and on popular representations of Nazism in the post-war world.