20th Century European History

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Includes Encyclopedia of Modern Europe: Europe Since 1914 and World War I: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection.

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Selective social science research dating back to 1951, includes book chapters as well as articles.

Archival scholarly journals, some of which go back to the 19th century.

Search 19 Proquest databases at one time.  This includes PAIS, Dissertations and Theses, and Sociological Abstracts.

Search part of the 19th century and all of the 20th in American popular magazines.

Browse the bibliographies of dissertations and theses in your subject of interest.

The European Library - Connects the 48 national libraries in one database and offers such gems as Historic Newspapers and Manuscripts and Princes in Medieval and Renaissance Europe.


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Register with your SMC email for the full run of the New York Times.

Search news from around the world.  Some articles can go back to the 1980's but most are within the last ten years or so, depending on the newspaper.

This database searches for events published in popular magazines, and many of the stories go back to the beginning of the publication's run.  The interface is ugly, but to access the full text, simply click on the "Go To Resource" link on the second line of the citation in the results.

World War I

World War I: A Visual Encyclopedia. (Ref 940.3 F779) London: PRC, 2002.

World War I: Trenches on the Web - A timeline, brief biographies, maps, and many photos make this a very browsable site.

Bolshevik Revolution, 1917-1918: Documents and Materials. (2nd floor, 947.0841 B886) Stanford: Stanford University, 1934.

Documents of World War I - Speeches, newspaper articles, government documents. From Mt. Holyoke.

German History in Documents and Images - from the German Historical Institute. Primary source documents range in date from 1500 to the current time.

Great Events of the Great War. (2nd floor, 940.3 H783) New York: National Alumni, 1923.

The Great War - Analyses and overview of the "war to end all wars." Concentration on some of the battles, with copies of letters, documents, video, and audio. There is also information on the Russian Revolution. From the BBC.

Robert L. Mackey World War I Diary is the electronic version of this Allied soldiers' diary from the front, covering the years 1915 to 1918.

World War I Document Archives - A great site for official and unofficial documents from pre-War to post-War Europe; excellent links to other resources as well.

World War II

Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. (Ref 943.086 G914) New York: Da Capo, 1997.

World War II in Europe: An Encyclopedia. (Ref 940.53 Z11) 2 vols. New York: Garland, 1999.

World War II: The Encyclopedia of the War Years, 1941-1945. (Ref 940.53 P766) New York: Random House, 1996.

Encyclopedia of World War II. (Ref 940.53 T798) 5 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2005.

Documents of World War II - Speeches, newspaper articles, government documents. From Mt. Holyoke.

German History in Documents and Images - from the German Historical Institute.  Primary source documents range in date from 1500 to the current time.

German Propaganda Archive - Texts of speeches, visual material such as posters and cartoons, excerpts from other writings, all from Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). Fascinating and controversial site from Calvin College.

Hitler is on the Air!: A Study in Audible Evil, Broadcast Recordings of the Third Reich. (Circ Desk, Sound Recording S6) Sandy Hook, CT: Radiola, 1978.

Railway Women in Wartime - A pictorial history of British women railway workers during the First and Second World Wars.

War Years, 1939-1945. (2nd floor, 940.5373 St71) Boston: Little, Brown, 1988.

World War II Documents Site from the Avalon Project at Yale University.

Includes the entire Cambridge History of the Cold War, amongst other handbooks and encyclopedias

Columbia Guide to the Cold War. (Ref 327.73047 K845) New York: Columbia University, 1998.

Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe: From the Congress of Vienna to the Fall of Communism. (Ref 947.003 F940) New York: Garland, 2000.

At Cold War's End: US Intelligence on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1989-1991 - Various documents showing the end of the Cold War from the Road to Malta, to it's official ending in 1991. From the CIA.

Cold War: A History Through Documents. (2nd floor, 909.825 J892) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1999.

Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) - Historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, including some from communist bloc countries. Searchable.

Corvinus Library: Hungarian History - A series of essays, book chapters, and entire books relating to Hungarian history especially during the World War II and Cold War years.

Documents Related to American Foreign Policy: Cold War - Speeches, newspaper articles, government documents. From Mt. Holyoke.

Making the History of 1989: The Fall of Communism of Eastern Europe - A teaching resources that includes over 300 primary source documents. Searchable. From the Center for History and New Media.

Parallel History Project on NATO and the Warsaw Pact - Declassified documents and information. Sources from the archives of both NATO and the former Warsaw Pact countries including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. Adobe Acrobat required. Searchable.

HistPop: Online Historical Population Reports - Population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801-1937 (about 200,000 pages). An Arts and Humanities Data Service history project hosted by the UK Data Archive at the Univ. of Essex.

International Historical Statistics (various series) (Ref 310 M692e) London: Macmillan, 1998. Includes The Americas, 1750-1993, Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-1993, and Europe, 1750-1993

A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (also called Rampolla)
(8th edition)
Reference: 1st floor 907.2 R148a

Chicago Manual of Style Online. Also available in print in the reference room (Ref 808.02 Un3e)

Chicago Manual of Style (Notes-Bibliography) - A guide from the SMC Library

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