British and Irish Studies

Iraq: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1888-1944

Alternative Titles
Archives Unbound
Description

Iraq, from Ottoman rule through British colonial occupation and independence, is treated here from the perspective of the United States. The documents are sourced from the Central Files of the General Records of the Department of State. The records are under the jurisdiction of the Legislative and Diplomatic Branch of the Civil Archives, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

Date Range: 1888-1944
Content: 21,412 images
Source Library:U.S. National Archives

Type
Database
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/43581
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British Campaign in Mesopotamia, 1914-1918

Alternative Titles
Archives Unbound
Description

“The Mesopotamian Campaign deserves to be far better known than it is—both in terms of its impact on the war and the subsequent course of the history of the Middle East. This new collection provides the opportunity to review the telegrams, correspondence, minutes, memoranda and confidential prints gathered together in the India Office Military Department on Mesopotamia. In 1914 the British/Indian Army expedition to Mesopotamia set out with the modest ambition of protecting the oil concession in Southern Persia but, after numerous misfortunes, ended up capturing Baghdad and Northern Towns in Iraq. Initially the mission was successful in seizing Basra but the British/Indian forces found themselves drawn North, becoming besieged by Turkish forces at Kut. After various failed relief attempts the British surrendered and the prisoners suffered appalling indignities and hardship, culminating in a death march to Turkey. In 1917, a new Commander-in-Chief was appointed but, as usual in Iraq, military policy kept changing. Hopes that the Russians would come into the war were dashed by the Revolution. Operations were further frustrated by the hottest of summers. Fighting against Turkish forces continued right up to the Armistice. The conduct of the Campaign was subject to a Commission of Inquiry which was highly critical of numerous individuals and the administrative arrangements.”

Sourced from The British Library

Type
Database
Text Collection
Coverage
1914-1918
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/43577
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UK Press Online

Description

The University of Michigan Library currently has trial access to UK Press Online, a database of 18th through 20th-century British newspapers. The trial runs through April 26, 2017. Please send comments on this database to Sigrid Anderson Cordell at scordell@umich.edu.

The newspapers in this database include: 

Daily Mirror 1903 - 1980
Daily Mirror Academic 1903 - current
Daily Express 1900 - current
Sunday Express 2000 - current
Daily Star 2000 - current
Daily Star Sunday 2002 - current
Church Times 1863 - current
The Watchman 1835 - 1884
Daily Worker 1930 - 1945
Morning Star 2000 - current
World War One** 1914 - 1918
The Great War in Kent 1914 - 1918
World War Two*** 1933 - 1945
South Eastern Gazette 1852 - 1912

 

 

 

 

Type
Database
Newspaper(s)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/43206
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Foreign Office Files for the Middle East 1971-1981

Description

This collection includes diplomatic correspondence, minutes, reports, political summaries and personality profiles from the British Foreign Office Files for the years 1971-1981

The collection addresses the policies, economies, political relationships and significant events of every major Middle East power. Conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli War, the Lebanese Civil War and the Iranian Revolution are examined in detail, as are the military interventions and peace negotiations carried out by regional and foreign powers like the United States and Russia.

Commercial interests are also scrutinised, with in-depth analyses of Middle East nations’ economic stability and reviews of international arm sales policies. The activities of oil producing nations such as Saudi Arabia are closely monitored, with particular reference to the Gulf States and members of OPEC.

The collection is in three modules:

Module 1: Middle East, 1971-1974: The 1973 Arab-Israeli War and the Oil Crisis
Module 2: Middle East, 1975-1978: The Lebanese Civil War and the Camp David Accords
Module 3: Middle East, 1979-1981: The Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War (available early 2017)

Access is through the Archives Direct platform and the collection may be cross-searched with other resources such as Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969.

Type
Database
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/42707
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English Historical Documents Online

Description

Routledge's English Historical Documents Online is a collection of over 5,000 primary documents covering British history from 500-1914. The documents are indexed and full-text searchable.

 

Type
Database
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/42690
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British Periodicals

Description

British Periodicals I and II includes facsimile page images and full text for a broad range of British periodicals published between the 17th and the 20th century.

British Periodicals Collection I consists of more than 160 journals that comprise the ProQuest microfilm collection Early British Periodicals, the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes containing approximately 3.1 million pages. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts, and the social sciences.


British Periodicals Collection II consists of more than 300 journals from the ProQuest microfilm collections English Literary Periodicals and British Periodicals in the Creative Arts together with additional titles, amounting to almost 3 million pages. Topics covered include literature, music, art, drama, archaeology, and architecture.

Type
E-Journal(s)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/42639
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British Periodicals

Description

British Periodicals I and II includes facsimile page images and full text for a broad range of British periodicals published between the 17th and the 20th century.

British Periodicals Collection I consists of more than 160 journals that comprise the ProQuest microfilm collection Early British Periodicals, the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes containing approximately 3.1 million pages. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts, and the social sciences.


British Periodicals Collection II consists of more than 300 journals from the ProQuest microfilm collections English Literary Periodicals and British Periodicals in the Creative Arts together with additional titles, amounting to almost 3 million pages. Topics covered include literature, music, art, drama, archaeology, and architecture.

Type
E-Journal(s)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/42637
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Colonial America

Alternative Titles
CO5
Description

Covering the period 1606 to 1822, CO 5 constitutes the original correspondence between the British government and the governments of the American colonies. In particular, the collection includes correspondence of the colonial governments with the Board of Trade, the Secretary of State for the Southern Department and the Secretary of State for the Colonies, together holding responsibility for the British possessions in mainland North America and the Caribbean.

The Colonial America collection will become available in 5 thematic modules, listed below. The Library's current access is for Module 1 only.

Module 1: Frontier Life, Early Expansion and Rivalries (2015)

The first module of Colonial America documents the early history of the colonies, and includes founding charters, material on the effects of 1688’s Glorious Revolution in North America, records of piracy and seaborne rivalry with the French and Spanish, and copious military material from the French and Indian War of 1756-63.

Module 2: Towards Revolution (scheduled 2016)

This module focuses on the 1760s and 1770s and the social and political protest that led to the Declaration of Independence, including legal materials covering the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party. It is also particularly rich in material relating to military affairs and Native Americans.

Module 3: The American Revolution (scheduled 2017)

This module charts the upheavals of the 1770s and 1780s which saw the throwing off of British rule in the Thirteen Colonies. Contents include volumes of intercepted letters between colonists, the military correspondence of the British commanders in the field and material produced by the Ordnance Office and the office of the Secretary at War, as well as two copies of the ‘Dunlap’ edition of the Declaration of Independence printed on the night of the 4th-5th July 1776.

Module 4: Legislation and Politics in the Colonies (scheduled 2018)

The material in this module consists mostly of the text of acts of assembly and the minutes of assembly and council sessions, building up to a comprehensive picture of the colonies’ legislative and political evolution.

Module 5: Growth, Trade and Development (scheduled 2019)

The preponderant part of this module consists of correspondence with the Board of Trade. There are also details of land grants, shipping returns and financial accounts, as well as George Vancouver’s despatches to London from his 1791 expedition to the Pacific Northwest.

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/40475
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