EMPIRE – Empire

Historical (Con)Texts: Britain and America

Empire: Contexts

Empire Online
Research database which also contains scholarly essays, timelines, biographies related to the history of the British Empire.

The British Empire: A Virtual Exhibition by the National Archives (UK)
Selection of historical documents for educational purposes. Withworksheets and guiding questions.

European Voyages of Exploration
Introduction to the history of early Spanish and Portugese colonialism (U of Calgary)

Slavery and Slave Trade
Collection of online sources on the history of transatlantic slave trade (part of the Caribbean section of the TAS Collection)

Western/Imperial History

European Civilization 1648-1945
(24 Lectures) John Merriman (Yale)

Modern Civilization from 1750-Present
(10 Lectures) Lynn Hunt (UCLA)

A Biography of America
(Documentary Series) Annenberg Media

 French Imperialism
(Lecture) Charles Keith (Yale)

The British Empire in Colour.
Carlton Television, 2002. Youtube links:
part onepart twopart threepart four , part five

Research Databases

17th-18th Century Burney Collections Newspapers (GALE)
English Newspapers and Pamphlets (1600-1800)

19th Century British Library Newspapers (GALE)
full runs of 49 nineteenth-century influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of the 19th century British society.

19th Century US Newspapers (GALE)
398 newspapers from all US states and territories. Documentary focus on American views on Europe and the world

America’s Historical Newspapers (READEX)
Newspapers published between 1690 and 1922 from all regions. Contains many German-American periodicals.

Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature (free access)
more than 100.000 vols of children’s literature published from 1700 onwards, in England and America. Contains a special collection of editions of Robinson Crusoe and Alice in Wonderland. 

British Fiction 1800-1829 (free access)
2.272 early nineteenth-century texts with documents on advertisment, reviews and reception

British Newspapers 1600-1900 (GALE)
Digital collection of British historic newspapers. Additional essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars intended to help non-specialist users with perspective and analysis.

British Periodicals I & II (ProQuest)
426 periodicals (art history, popular science and literature) from the 17th to the 20th century

Early American Imprints Series I and II (Readex)
Series I (1639-1800) and Series II (1800-1819): massive collection of books, pamphlets and other early Americana

Early British Books Online (ProQuest)
Digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700

Eighteenth Century Collection Online (GALE)
Based on the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), contains more than 180.000 books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides etc.

Empire Online (Adam Matthew Digital)
Empire Online is a collection of original documents relating to Empire Studies, sourced from libraries and archives around the world.

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Database containing major American and British newspapers (The Guardian, The Observer, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journaletc). It covers the years 1791-1922.

Internet Archive
Free access repository containing historical texts digitized by libraries and non-profit projects.

Internet Library of Early Journals (University Cooperation)
Digital collection of at least 20 consecutive years of Gentleman’s Magazine, The Annual Register, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Notes and Queries, The Builder, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine

Making of the Modern World (GALE)
Goldsmiths’-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850: digital facsimile images on every page of 61,000 works of literature on economic and business published from 1450 through 1850. Vast collection of material on commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade and transport.

Periodicals Archive Online
Archive (approx. 1800 onward) of hundreds of digitised journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences

The Making of America (Cornell University)
Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.

For full-text repositories with a regional focus, e.g. on the Caribbean, Autralia, India etc. see the respective sections of the TAS Library.


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