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Politics and International Relations: Digital Archives


The Cold War: Global Perspectives on East-West Tensions, 1945-1991

A digital archive of international primary source documents on the Cold War, spanning five decades, of interest to those researching 20th-century global studies.

Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War

Secret Files from World Wars
to Cold War

Spanning four key twentieth-century conflicts, with a spotlight on the Second World War the collection provides access to British government secret intelligence and foreign policy files from 1873 to 1953. Sourced from The National Archives, U.K., the range of documents covers the period of Appeasement right through to the early Cold War.
Covers major events of the twentieth century from the origins of the First World War and beyond.
Contains the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available.
Covers major international events from the Cold War to the Vietnam War and beyond.
A year-by-year record of British and world events, published annually since 1758.

Ethnic NewsWatch

Included are journals, magazines, and newspapers from ethnic and minority presses. The current collection, Ethnic NewsWatch™, covers 1990-present, and the historical collection, Ethnic NewsWatch: A History™, spans 1959-1989.
YourCollection Image Post War Europe:
Refugees, Exile and Resettlement,
Covers the politics and administration of the refugee crisis in Europe after World War II as well as the day-to-day survival of the refugees themselves.

Archive of Printed Ephemera

Thousands of items offer insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.

Official Publications Online

Official Publications Online

(see WebLearn for login)

A subscription service from The Stationery Office. Content includes parliamentary proceedings, debates, parliamentary papers and legislation. All can be searched through a single search interface. Coverage is comprehensive from 2008 onwards although earlier material is available.

National Archives

UKGov PRO Six Monthly Crawl

Six monthly collection of UK government websites.

European Constitution Crawl

Web harvest of political related websites before and after constitution elections.

UKGov PRO Weekly

Weekly collection of 11 UK government websites.

Online Archives

Mass Observation Online

Includes the entire File Report sequence 1937-1972, access to all of the Day Surveys, Directives and Diaries, 1937-1942, early Mass Observation Publications and selected Topic Collection.
Contains websites that publish research reflecting life throughout the UK, and demonstrate web innovation. This includes "grey literature" sites.

World News Connection Archive, 1995-2013

Newspaper articles, broadcast transcripts and datelines from around the world, translated into English by the US government.

Modern Political Papers

To get more detailed information on how to access resources, including Modern political papers available to the Bodleian Library readers go to the Special Collections & Western Manuscripts guide "Finding Aids - Early Modern & Modern Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library".