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.

Government Documents
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.

Primary Source Collections
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.

Primary Source Collections
Bibliotheca Palatina – digital: A Virtual Reconstruction of the Former Crown Jewel of Germany's Libraries 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'.

Primary Source Collections
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.

Primary Source Collections
BRIDGE: Global Resources Institute for Development Studies

BRIDGE is a specialised gender and development research and information service based in the Gender and Sexuality Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies in the United Kingdom. It comprises part of a global network of individuals and organisations working to advance gender equality, women’s rights, dignity and empowerment in development. Among other missions, the site is designed to facilitate broader access for the public, policymakers, activists and others to research and data on these issues not only in English, but also in other languages. Materials are categorized according to topics ranging from food security to gender-based violence. Documents are keyword searchable and sortable by geographic region.

Primary Source Collections
Bridging World History Annenberg Learner

Envisioned as a resource for students and teachers, Bridging World History presents 26 thematic units in loosely chronological order. Created by the Annenberg Foundation, this site is designed to offer interactive and multimedia resources for all, in this case some 1500 photos, documents, and maps which can be browsed or searched according to multiple terms. Relevant units include those on war, developed based on cases of Imperial Japan, the Congo, and peace movements.

Primary Source Collections
British Diplomatic Oral History Programme Churchill College Cambridge University

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.

Primary Source Collections
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.

Primary Source Collections
British Library: Victorian Britain British Library

Provided by the British Library, the digital exhibition on Victorian Britain provides both primary sources and essays by historians, both concentrating on everyday life in the time and place. The reign of Victoria (1837–1901) was one of enormous economic, technological, social, cultural, and other changes, many of which are featured in this exhibitions. Many individual sections and a number of documents touch on the role of women in these changes.

Primary Source Collections
British Pathé: Newsreels, Video, Archive, Film, Footage, Stills 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.

Primary Source Collections
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.

Primary Source Collections
Campaign Atlas to the Great War Department of History

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

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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.

Autobiography
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.

Autobiography
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.

Autobiography
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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