Search Websites by Keywords

The keyword search in the collection of websites allows users to look for websites on the subject of gender, military and war that provide access to Online collections of primary sources, educational resources and Online encyclopedia. The collection primarily includes websites provided by public institutions like archives, bibliographies, foundations, libraries, museums, research institutions or universities. The focus of the collection is on the wars of the twentieth century, especially the First and Second World War, because for them much more websites are available. Most of the included websites are in English, French or German.

Users can search for these websites by using one or a combination of two and more, keyword for their search. They can search for major wars, time periods, regions or countries. In addition, a thematic keyword search is possible, which is based on a selection of broad terms defined by the editors of the Oxford Handbook of Gender, War and the Western World since 1600 edited by Karen Hagemann, Stefan Dudink, and Sonya O. Rose (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2020). They represent some of its central themes and questions. For information on the various keywords and tags associated with the Bibliography, Filmography and Webography, go to About the Search Options.

Search Results

Title Institution Abstract Type of Source
Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Library

Established at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project aims to document women's service in the military and related services—including the Red Cross and other civilian organizations—beginning with World War I. The digital collections include a wide range of primary source material, including photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, oral histories, as well as physical artifacts from all of the period's wars, but its strength is World War I. Continuing to undertake acquisition and educational outreach, the project is working to study ongoing changes in the American military as gender integration becomes increasingly common in the armed forces. Site materials are searchable and browsable by war, branch, type of source, and by date.

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Biblioteca Digital Hispánica Biblioteca Nacional de España

La Biblioteca Digital Hispánica (BDH), or Hispanica Digital Library is a project of the National Library of Spain, and provides free access to digitized documents and books dating to the 15th century. It also includes manuscripts, drawings, engravings, pamphlets, posters, photographs, maps, atlases, music scores, historic newspapers and magazines and audio recordings. Its goals are disseminating cultural heritage, preserving it, and contributing to broader European Union plans for digital library access. Using the search function, users can access full-text images of sources.

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Biblioteca Universitaria Alessandrina - digitALE Biblioteca Universitaria Alessandrina

Created by the Library of Alessandrini University (Rome), the digital library provides users with access to several dozen digitized historical periodicals on a range of subjects, including youth, commerce, and general interest, as well as digitized reproductions of catalogs of manuscript and other holdings. All materials and website pages are in Italian.

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Bibliotheca Electoralis Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek

The "Bibliotheca Electoralis" (from the Latin elector = voter; inc. Elector), founded around 1500, forms the historical founding inventory of the Thuringian University and State Library Jena, Germany (ThULB). The collection set up by Elector Friedrich der Weise (1463-1525) and systematically expanded under his successors contains over 1,500 prints and manuscripts that are of outstanding importance for research into early modern history. In 2008-2012 this inventory was digitized and scientifically processed as part of a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). This website provides information on the Bibliotheca Electoralis.

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Bibliotheca Palatina – digital Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

One of the consequences of the Thirty Years' War was that the most important collection of books in the 17th century Holy Roman Empire, the Bibliotheca Palatina, was divided between two principal locations: Heidelberg and the Vatican. Since 2001, Heidelberg University Library has been working on several projects that aim to digitize parts of this great collection, the final goal being a complete virtual reconstruction of the "mother of all libraries." The digital archive allows users to search digitized materials, which are primarily in German, Latin, and Greek. A particular point of strength, its collections of early literature of Protestantism are rich, and were one of the features that made it a prize during the Thirty Years' War.

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Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique

Provided by the Royal Library of Belgium, the site provides access to a catalog of Belgian periodicals, some of which are available in full-text in the original French or Flemish. In addition, a number of thematically organized collections on relevant topics present introductory texts, primary sources, and related materials in a variety of languages, including English. Of particular interest is Europeana 1914–1918, which provides searchable access to a range of materials on World War I. The basic site is available in French and Flemish versions.

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British Diplomatic Oral History Programme Churchill College Cambridge

The British Diplomatic Oral History Programme provides users access to a collection of oral-history interviews of British Diplomats collected since 1995 through a project approved by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The interviews are offered as downloadable text transcripts of the recordings, and represent a range of experiences, postings, conflicts and issues. The site also offers access to a range of documents held by the college on a range of security and foreign policy issues.

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British History Online British History Online

A digital library of printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, British History Online concentrates on the years between 1300 and 1800. Aimed at students, teachers, and researchers globally, it provides searchable, annotated, full-text digital versions of sources across the whole range of potential subjects, including women and war. The library also provides handy subject guides and aides for citation. Featuring an updated interface, the site's collections continue to grow. Founded by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust in 2003, the library contains over 1,270 volumes.

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British Pathé British Pathé

A media company with a century-long history, British Pathé has made available a large archive of footage, such as newsreels, comprising some 85,000 films, as well as stills, all dating from the years between 1896 and 1976. Among other newsworthy subjects, the archive includes film of major events, historical figures, and related issues. The entire archive is available to view online for free via the British Pathé website and YouTube channel. It is searchable and browseable, as well as available in curated collections on subjects such as World War I, the Revolutionary Period in Ireland, and World War II.

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British Printed Images to 1700 Michael Hunter

British Printed Images to 1700 is a digital library of prints and book illustrations from early modern Britain. The core of the project is the database, a fully searchable library of several thousand printed images. The image records have been organized in such a way that copies and variations of the same print are gathered together within a single record. Prints can be searched for by producer, by name of person depicted, and by subject, and it is possible to combine various search criteria. The subject search is based on a systematically organized thesaurus arranged by topic.

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Cabinet Papers, 1915–1988 National Archives

Created by the National Archives of the United Kingdom, the Cabinet Papers provides the public, students, teachers, and researchers with comprehensive access to government reports dating from 1915 to the end of the twentieth century, as they open after a mandatory 20 year wait. The documents relate to a whole range of government issues, including war, peace, society, economy, and more, and are organized into collections based on these and other categories. In addition, the records are searchable by keyword and/or date. Individual documents are downloadable as images of the original.

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Call to Arms: Communist Ephemera of Madrid during the Spanish Civil War University of California at San Diego

Throughout the Spanish Civil War, both sides of the conflict used propaganda in various forms to justify their political and social programs and to garner support for their side of the conflict. While the Nationalist government chose radio its main means of propaganda, organizations in Republican Spain, relied primarily on print and visual media for their war propaganda. The exhibit on this website focuses on the printed ephemera of the Partido Comunista de España (PCE) and affiliated groups produced in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War. Throughout the conflict, the PCE emerged as one of the prominent organs of propaganda in Madrid and, in collaboration with other communist and socialist organizations as well as youth and women's groups, the PCE flooded Madrid with a barrage of printed ephemera throughout the war.

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Campaign Atlas to the Great War United States Military Academy West Point

Created by the United States Military Academy West Point, this collection provides downloadable digitizations of several dozen maps examining both large-scale movements of major campaigns during World War I and their details on all fronts, including Eastern, Western, and beyond.

Canada’s Siberian Expedition University of Victoria

Created by the University of Victoria (BC), Canada's Siberian Expedition aims to raise public awareness of the Canadian Expeditionary Force to Siberia which, at the close of World War I, sent more than 4,000 soldiers from Canada's West Coast to Vladivostok, on Russia's Pacific coast, in a failed bid to aid an Allied strategy to defeat the revolutionary state established in 1917 by the Bolsheviks. Presented in English, French, and Russian, the site consists of a searchable database of photographs and documents related to the Expedition, as well as texts explaining experiences of soldiers and the reasons for Canada's actions, as well as their results, context that makes the site a resource for teachers and students.

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Canadian Great War Project Marc Leroux

Privately run, the Canadian Great War Project is a database of materials on individual soldiers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), which fought on many fronts, in particular the Western Front in France and Belgium, during World War I. It also includes extensive statistics, reference information, and many other related materials. The database contains over 150,000 individual soldiers, and its available to the public.

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Canadian Letters and Images Project Vancouver Island University

The Canadian Letters and Images Project, supported by Vancouver Island University, the Canadian War Museum, and the Governor General of Canada, is an online archive featuring Canadians' war correspondence. Ranging from pre-1914 wars, including the American Civil War, it has individual collections on all major twentieth-century wars. Its emphasis is on the everyday and on the rank-and-file, as opposed to military or civilian leaders. Providing students, teachers, and researchers with access to letters, as well as diaries, photographs, and related materials, the site's holdings are both browseable by collection and text searchable. The project, as it states, pursues the objective of putting a "human face to war" through materials provided primarily by private citizens and families, which are digitized and returned to their owners.

Canadian War Museum Canadian Museum of History

The Canadian War Museum's online exhibits feature modules on Canada's involvement in major wars from 1812 and the Boer War to both World Wars, as well as the country's membership in NATO. Each exhibit features photos and objects with text descriptions, as well as essays on subjects ranging from life on the front lines to the home front. The site also features a full-scale French–language version.

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Canadian War Poster Collection McGill University

Created by McGill University Library Digital Collections, the Canadian War Poster Collection offers digitizations of 250 Canadian posters from World War I and World War II, drawn from the university's special collections. Typically designed to aid recruiting and financing campaigns, the posters reached mass audiences, but today are of interest to students, teachers, and researchers. The site includes an extensive introduction providing background and context on the posters and their uses. The holdings are searchable by keyword, war, artist, and purpose, and the site also includes an artist index. All site materials are available in English, as well as in French translation.

Canvas of War: Masterpieces from the Canadian War Museum Canadian Museum of Civilization

Major artists recorded the important contribution made by Canadians in both world wars. Like the soldiers they depicted, artists saw comrades and brothers die. They marched over corpses, suffered through deafening bombardments and endured inhumane conditions. The paintings in this exhibition are their legacy, a first-hand account of "how it was."

Centenaire 14-18 Archives of Ardèche

Created by the archival authority of France's Ardèche department for the centennial of World War I, Centenaire 1914–18 is a site offering digitized holdings of the departmental archives related to the war. The collection features interactive 3D maps of military medical training from 1915, documents concerning military recruitment, full-text versions of local press coverage of the war, lists of men from the Ardèche who received veterans’ recognition, and a collection of drawings of the front. All materials and site pages are in French. Collections are searchable and/or browseable. The site also includes links to other useful European sites about the Great War.

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CENTENNIA Historical Atlas Centennia Software

CENTENNIA is a map-based guide to the history of Europe and the Middle East from the beginning of the 11th century to the present. It is a dynamic, animated historical atlas including over 9,000 border changes. The map controls evolve the map forward or backward in time bringing the static map to life. Our maps display every major war and territorial conflict displaying the status of each region at intervals of a tenth of a year. The maps reflect actual "power on the ground" rather than internationally-sanctioned or "recognized" borders.

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Center for Jewish History Center for Jewish History

The Center for Jewish History illuminates the history and culture of the Jewish people by fostering public access to and engagement with the world’s largest archive of the modern Jewish experience outside Israel. The collections of the five partners of the Center comprise over five miles of archival documents in dozens of languages and alphabet systems, over 500,000 volumes of books, and thousands of artworks, objects, textiles, and recordings, all spanning 5,000 years. 

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