Politics & International Relations - Recommended Sources

Resources Bought for Your Course

This archive contains analysis, research, debates and speeches from the Royal Institute of International Affairs from 1920-2008. Topics covered include the Spanish Civil War, the Cold War, energy security, nuclear disarmament, decolonisation etc. You can also listen to recordings of meetings and speeches as well as seeing the transcript in many cases.

Access 800,000 pages of primary source documents produced between 1874 and 1965. You will find handwritten letters to and from Winston Churchill, plus the typed manuscripts of his speeches. The Teaching & Research section also contains academic overviews on key topics such as women and social change, empire and imperialism, the origins of the First World War, the Cold War and nuclear weapons, the "special relationship" between Britain and America and Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty - all have links to relevant documents within the archive.

Read in-depth coverage about empires across the world from ancient to modern times. Entries include the Suez Crisis of 1956, the partition of Africa, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Dutch East Indies, propaganda and empire, decolonization in the French and British empires, postcolonialism and much more. 

Search or browse one of the most detailed primary sources for the history of Britain and its former colonies. Reports from military officers serving abroad are included, as well as Command Papers, Bills, Committee reports. Hansard is available from 1803. (See UK Parliament link if you need more recent papers.)

Specialist e-resources

A global movement which campaigns to end grave abuses of human rights.

This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

A brilliant collection of declassified documents covering the Cuban Missile Crisis and many other aspects of the Cold War. If you click Collections you will gain access to a wide range of documents from former communist countries, as well documents on nuclear history around the world and archives about the Berlin Wall, the Iran-Iraq War, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and much more.

Detailed local and national election statistics from around the world.

An independent body set up by the UK Parliament to regulate party and election finance and set standards for well-run elections.

Research and analysis on a wide variety of topics from social policy to foreign policy to trade and economics produced by impartial experts in the House of Commons Library.

An independent, non-profit, NGO committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.

A trustworthy guide to key websites on government and politics across the world compiled by experts at Keele University.  

Go to the Resources section on this site to find Podcasts of presentations and discussions about the Middle East which have been hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The leading UK body promoting the study of politics. Membership is international and includes practitioners and policy-makers, as well as academics and students.

Produced annually since 1978, this is the World Bank’s major analytical publication. The report focuses on a different topic each year.

UK Politics

An online archive of British political speeches, searchable by date, party, name or keyword. The archive holds the text of speeches given by Conservative, Labour and Liberal/Liberal Democrat Party leaders from 1895 to the present.

Search or browse the full text of British Cabinet Papers from 1915-1978 which are held in the National Archives. If you want to search, it is worth reading the search tips available on the site.

• CAIN 

Conflict and Politics in Northern Ireland 1968 to the present.

• GOV.UK 

Use this site to find Government information from departments, publications or statistics. 
H.M. Treasury is particularly useful for publications and statistics.

Search or browse one of the most detailed primary sources for the history of Britain and its former colonies. Reports from military officers serving abroad are included, as well as Command Papers, Bills, Committee reports. Hansard is available from 1803. (See UK Parliament link if you need more recent papers.)

Manifestos from 1945 onwards.

Access the daily record of debates in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords right up to the present (the Weekly Information Bulletin, business papers, Committee publications and Register of Members’ Interests are also available). Includes Hansard.

Policy Analysis

A UK Conservative free-market think tank, focusing on economic policy, the management of the welfare state and funding of public services.

• Brookings 

A key independent source on US economics, governance and foreign policy.

CFR is a non-partisan resource on US foreign and national security policy, providing expert analysis of international news which challenges both policymakers and citizens.

• Demos 

An independent UK think-tank covering all areas of social and economic policy aiming to offer radical policy solutions.

A UK left of centre think tank exploring political ideas and policy reforms.

The aim of this Institute which was founded in 1985 is to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East and to promote the policies that secure them. The Policy Analysis section leads to detailed documents covering specific issues and countries.

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