Webography on the Cold War and Wars of Decolonization

This webography provides a list of online primary sources, educational resources and online encyclopedias associated with some of the major conflicts during the relevant period. The most important wars included for this period are:

The most important wars for this period include:

  • Cold War (1946–91)
  • Arab-Israeli Conflicts (1947–)
  • War of Indonesian Independence (1945–49)
  • Korean War (1950–53)
  • African Wars for Independence (1952–)
  • Algerian War (1954–62)
  • Indochina Wars (1946–79)

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Institution: National Archives and Records Administration
Abstract:

Richard Nixon’s Presidency (1969-1974) is one of the most exhaustively documented administrations in American history. The Nixon Presidential Materials Collection in the Richard Nixon Presidential Library contains approximately 46 million pages of documents, 3,700 hours of recorded Presidential conversations known as the “White House Tapes”, 4,000 separate recordings of broadcast video, nearly 4,500 audio recordings, 300,000 still photographs...

https://www.nixonlibrary.gov/research
Institution: National Archives and Records Administration
Abstract:

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is the repository of presidential records for President Reagan's administration (1981-1989). The Library’s holdings include over 60 million pages of documents, over 1.6 million photographs, a half million feet of motion picture film, tens of thousands of audio and video tape, and over 40,000 artifacts. There is a permanent exhibit covering the President's life, as well as memorabilia such as Air Force ...

https://www.reaganlibrary.gov/archives
Institution: Royal Air Force Museum
Abstract:

The Royal Airforce Museum of the United Kingdom offers visitors to its website a range of online collections on themes related to the Battle of Britain, the wartime service of women, the Polish Air Force in Britain, and the experiences of flyers of African descent in the Caribbean. Other exhibits consider longer term themes, including the service of women in the RAF.

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/online-exhibitions.aspx
Institution: Michigan State University
Abstract:

Designed with students and teachers in mind, Seventeen Moments in Soviet History has enjoyed the support of Michigan State University and Macalaster College, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. It provides users with a digital sourcebook on the whole period ranging from the February Revolution of 1917 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991. Divided into sections based on a year and then into thematic...

http://soviethistory.msu.edu/
Institution: Smithsonian Institution
Abstract:

The online collections of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, these collections include, among their millions of records related to natural history and other subjects, more than 100,000 entries on history. Materials are text searchable, as well as browseable by type. The collections include photographs, drawings, art, and other images, as well as documents. Not all materials are available online. In addition, a number of thematic...

http://collections.si.edu/search/
Institution: City University of New York's Brooklyn College
Abstract:

In this oral history website Brookyn College students narrate two historical episodes: their experiences of working on farms during World War II, and the events surrounding the suspension of the Vanguard, the student newspaper in a postwar McCarthy era climate. The edited testimony is accompanied by audio excerpts. These case studies add another dimension to our understanding of life on the American homefront during World War II and the...

https://ashp.cuny.edu/student-voices-wwii-and-mccarthy-era
Institution: teachwar
Major Wars:
Abstract:

The private site, “teachwar: Algerian Revolution, 1954” provides some central primary sources from the Algerian Revolution in 1954, which started the war of liberations against colonial France.

https://teachwar.wordpress.com/resources/war-justifications-archive/algerian-revolution-1954/
Institution: Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek – Technische Universität Darmstadt
Abstract:

A project of the Technical University of Darmstadt, the Digital Resources of the library and archives provides users with access to manuscripts and rare books, as well as maps, musical scores, and other materials for the entire modern period. Other sources include local newspapers from Hesse, as well as photographs and other visual sources. The project's portal is available in English, but search and materials are primarily in German.

http://www.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/spezialabteilungen/digitale_sammlungen_2/digitale_sammlungen.de.jsp
Institution: UN Refugee Agency
Abstract:

The 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol are the key legal documents that form the basis the work of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). With 149 State parties to either or both, they define the term ‘refugee’ and outline the rights of refugees, as well as the legal obligations of States to protect them. The core principle is non-refoulement, which asserts that a refugee should not be returned to a country where they face serious threats...

http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49da0e466.html
Institution: Vincent Hiribarren
Major Wars:
Abstract:

Vincent Hiribarren, senior lecturer in modern African history at King’s College London, created this illustrated, interactive timeline for students learning about the Algerian War. The key events of the conflict are labeled within an animated chronology, and many descriptions include an accompanying visual with most descriptions presented in French.

https://www.vincenthiribarren.com/dh/algeria/index.html
Institution: 'C-SPAN'
Abstract:

Participants speak about the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings. They comment on various audio excerpts from the hearings and respond to viewer comments and questions. The Army–McCarthy hearings were held by the United States Senate's Subcommittee on Investigations in April–June 1954 to investigate conflicting accusations between the United States Army and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy. The Army accused Chief Committee Counsel Roy Cohn of pressuring...

http://www.c-span.org/video/?158934-1/armymccarthy-hearings
Institution: PBS
Major Wars:
Abstract:

This PBS website complements ten-part, 18-hour documentary series by Ken Burns from 2017, which tells the story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides of the conflict, and includes rarely seen video footage, photographs taken by prominent...

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/kenburnsclassroom/film/the-vietnam-war/
Institution: Toronto Public Library
Abstract:

Created by the Toronto Public Library, this digital archive provides users with access to a small collection of historical photos, images, maps, manuscripts, and books related to both World Wars and other conflicts. Materials are browseable by type, subject, and language, and are fully accessible in downloadable form. All finding aids are in English and French, and most materials are in English.

http://www.virtualreferencelibrary.ca/vrl/digital-archive.jsp
Institution: International Committee of the Red Cross
Abstract:

A database of international humanitarian law treaties provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross, this site provides users access to full texts of the treaties, as well as commentaries and other materials. All materials are sorted into thematic collections. Highlights include full texts of the Geneva Conventions, as well as contemporary and modern commentary. All materials are available in English.

https://www.icrc.org/en/war-and-law/treaties-customary-law
Institution: National Archives
Abstract:

A project of—among others—the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the Welcome Library, and the Women's Library, the UK Web Archive (UKWA) is designed as a resource for the public, teachers, students, researchers, and more. It aims to provide a record of UK based websites for preservation, a record that begins with 2004, when archiving began. The larger project is based at the National Library of Scotland, the National Library...

http://www.webarchive.org.uk/
Institution: University of South Florida Libraries
Abstract:

The University of South Florida Library's Special Collections Department has provided access to a digital library of various thematic collections of materials which are browsable and searchable according to several criteria. Of particular interest are collections of primary sources on the Spanish Civil War (1936–38), an archive of oral histories on the topic, and a collection of materials on the Holocaust, World War II, and genocide in...

http://digital.lib.usf.edu/#
Institution: American Folklife Center
Abstract:

Created by the Library of Congress and the American Folklife Center, the Veterans History Project is an initiative to collect, store, and offer access to individual American veterans' accounts of their wartime experiences. Users can search interviews by name, service location, unit, rank, interviewer, keywords and notes. Searches can be limited according to branch, gender, type of material, and war, ranging from World War I to the Iraq and...

http://www.loc.gov/vets/vets-home.html
Institution: BBC
Major Wars:
Abstract:

This website created by the BBC in April 2018 provides a general chronology of the major events in Vietnam since the beginning of the French colonial rule in 1858. Included are the First and Second Indochina Wars and their aftermath in the region, as well as the reconstruction and reconciliation period.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-16568035
Institution: Wilson Center
Abstract:

The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering sources and providing insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. The Digital Archive focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, ...

http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/
Institution: The Sixties Project
Major Wars:
Abstract:

The Winter Soldier Investigation was a media event sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) from January 31 to February 2, 1971. It was intended to publicize war crimes and atrocities by the United States Armed Forces and their allies in the Vietnam War. The VVAW challenged the morality and conduct of the war by showing the direct relationship between military policies and war crimes in Vietnam. The three-day...

http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/sixties/HTML_docs/Resources/Primary/Winter_Soldier/WS_entry.html
Institution: Library of Congress
Abstract:

A project of the US Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free access to manuscripts, rare books, maps, photographs, and other important cultural documents from all countries and cultures, in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Search 14,228 items about 193 countries between 8000 BCE and 2000 CE. It is carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific...

https://www.wdl.org/en/
Institution: Yad Vashem
Abstract:

Founded on the mandate of a 1953 law enacted by the Israeli Knesset, Yad Vashem is a leading center for documentation and testimony related to the Holocaust. Its Digital Collections include photoarchives, a database of victims' names, and documents, as well as thematic collections on the transportation of Jewish individuals and communities, on mass atrocities in the occupied Soviet Union, art, Jewish life, and individual camp complexes....

http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/resources/index.asp
Institution: Library of Congress
Abstract:

Created by the Library of Congress, the Yanker Poster Collection is a grouping of posters, propaganda, and handbills on a range of social and poltical issues dating from the years between 1927 and 1980, a gift by collecter Gary Yanker. Most are from the US, including environmental, antiwar, and women's rights activism, but more than 50 other countries. The collection includes an introductory essay, select bibliography, and other aids, while...

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/yan/

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