History

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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.

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This website holds detailed information on over 6000 films showing images of life in the British colonies. Over 150 films are available to view in full - advanced search lets you limit to those which have videos.


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This archive brings together files from five UK government departments, including the Ministry of Defence, the Colonial Office and the Cabinet Office, as well as MI5, to provide access to detailed, previously classified information from across the twentieth century. The spheres of influence of the British government stretched from the UK and Ireland to mandates, protectorates and colonies in the Middle East and Africa, from the islands of the West Indies to British Malaya and Singapore in South East Asia, as well as to the sub-continent of India, and the self-governing Dominions of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.


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A brilliant source containing essays, maps, primary sources and an interactive chronology on the theme of Empire across the last 5 centuries


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.


Migration to New Worlds explores the movement of people from Britain, Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia. Thematic areas include motives for emigration, port conditions and organisation and journey conditions.

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This site unpacks the issues of migration, identity and diversity facing contemporary societies. It features information, stories, images and learning resources, with links and further reading to follow up. Read about new research on the histories and cultures of Britain's diverse communities. The Migration Histories section looks at some major historical migrations and how they have helped shape the UK.


Read authoritative, peer-reviewed, regularly updated entries written by experts on African History from across the world. Topics include African Diaspora, Afrocentrism, Oral Traditions, Women's History, Religious History, Slavery and Colonial History.

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Includes over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688.


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U.S. Declassified Documents Online gives you a broad range of records spanning the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection brings together the most sensitive documents from all the presidential libraries and numerous executive agencies in a single, easily searchable database. You will find this useful for a range of topics including decolonisation and foreign policy across the world, as well as civil rights etc.

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Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820 explores prominent themes in world history since 1820: conquest, colonization, settlement, resistance, and post-coloniality, as told through women’s voices. With a clear focus on bringing the voices of the colonized to the forefront, this highly-curated archive and database includes documents related to the Habsburg Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the British, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and United States Empires, and settler societies in the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

 

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 Anne Worden

Faculty Librarian

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 Sharon Bittner

Assistant Faculty Librarian (Humanities, Law, & Criminology)

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