Webography on War in the 17th and 18th Centuries

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 included for this period are:

  • Thirty Years War (1618–48)
  • English Civil War (1642–51)
  • Habsburg-Ottoman Wars (1683–1718)
  • American Colonial Wars (1689–1763)
  • War of Spanish Succession (1701–13)
  • Seven Years War (1756–63)

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Institution: University of Missouri
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A collection of pamphlets touching on a range of social, economic, political, medial, legal, religious, and other affairs, this archive of British tracts covers more than 20,000 entries across the entire three-century period. It includes a searchable database and page images viewable within the browser. Hosted by the University of Missouri since the 1940s, the collection is founded on the collection of 17,000 pamphlets collected by the Philadelphian bookseller Ralph Howey, but has grown since then to include other donations and acquisitions. Others include petitions, treatises aimed at influencing the British government, including related to issues of war, politics, and society.

http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?page=home;c=pam
Institution: New York Historical Society
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Alexander Hamilton: Unpublished Documents

In this section, we are making available previously unpublished manuscript documents by, to, or about Alexander Hamilton; that is, all manuscripts we have located that were not published in the major collections of Alexander Hamilton's papers, including The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, edited by Harold C. Syrett (New York, Columbia University Press, 1961-1987), and The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary, edited by Julius Goebel, Jr. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1964-1981). The images and transcripts provided here are documents from the New-York Historical Society and the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

http://www.alexanderhamiltonexhibition.org/database/index.html
Institution: Public Broadcasting Service
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A companion to the Public Broadcasting (PBS) history series, this site includes features on a range of people and events in American history, from Hawaii's last queen to death in the Civil War. It includes watchable trailers of many films, as well as fully viewable versions of a selection.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/
Institution: Stanford University
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Created by Stanford University Libraries, the Biblioteca Comunale dell'Archiginnasio (Bologna) and the Istituto per i Beni Artistici, Culturali e Naturali della Regione Emilia-Romagna, the Bassi-Veratti Collection provides users with digital access to the archive of the influential scientists Laura Bassi (1711–1778), as well as her husband, Guiseppe Veratti (m. 1738). Accessed via a dedicated finding aid, digitized materials (which are drawn only from the Bassi Veratti Collection in the Archiginnasio) include detailed descriptions of the documents: manuscripts, correspondence, accounting materials, legal documents, poems, wills, memoirs, petitions, and related items. Entries are accompanied by brief descriptions in modern Italian and in English, but documents are accessed as images of the originals.

http://bv.stanford.edu/?locale=en
Institution: David Plant
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Created and maintained by a private individual, this site comprises an online encyclopedia of the larger interlinked conflicts that make up the English Civil War and the related conflicts that shook Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England alike. It spans the period from the signing of the Scottish National Covenant of 1638 to the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660. The site includes timelines of events, a browseable list of biographical entries, a section on traditional military history of units and tactics, and a series of brief explanations of basic topics of religion, politics, and political philosophy. The site is clearly written and organized, making it useful for teachers and students.

http://bcw-project.org/
Institution: Biblioteca Nacional de España
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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.

http://www.bne.es/en/Catalogos/BibliotecaDigitalHispanica/Inicio/index.html
Institution: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
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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.

http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/bpd/
Institution: British History Online
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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.

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/
Institution: Canadian Museum of History
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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.

http://www.warmuseum.ca/exhibitions/online-exhibitions/
Institution: Edinburgh University Library
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The Charting the Nation image collection includes a wide variety of single maps and maps in atlases and other bound books, together with important manuscript and printed texts relating to the geography and mapping of Scotland from 1550 to 1740 and beyond. The site contains invaluable source materials for the study of the history of cartography, architectural history, genealogy, military history, environmental history and archaeology, amongst many other disciplines. Over 3,500 high resolution images are currently available.

http://www.chartingthenation.lib.ed.ac.uk/index.html
Institution: Claremont Colleges
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The Claremont Colleges Digital Library (CCDL) is an online archive of documents, photographs, objects, interviews, personal papers, manuscripts, and other primary source materials on a wide range of topics, including historical issues. Of particular interest may be those on women and work in the United States and Great Britain in the early twentieth century, and the suffrage movement in the US, Britain, India, Japan, and beyond. The whole is accessible via a basic search, while individual collections are indexed according to multiple appropriate criteria.

http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/cdm/collections
Institution: Delpher
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Users of Delpher can perform full-text searches millions of entries from Dutch–language newspapers, books, magazines, and radio bulletins. Drawn from many academic institutions, libraries, and museums, including the universities of Leiden, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Groningen, as well as the National Library of the Netherlands. Continuing to expand, the archive contains more than 320,000 books, as well as more than a million pages of periodicals and radio bulletins. Sources and site are in Dutch.

http://www.delpher.nl/
Institution: Digital Public Library of America
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Funded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Digital Public Library of America has developed from ideas that have been percolating since the 1990s. The site launched in 2013, and aims to link collections of museums, libraries, and other repositories across the United States to make them available to teachers, students, and researchers. Presenting maps, timelines, and online exhibitions, the library's richness is in its primary sources, sorted into thematic collections and numbering at present over 14 million.

https://dp.la/
Institution: Freistaat Thüringen
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A digital archive created by the University of Thuringia and State Library of Jena, Digitales Thüringen offers a searchable archive of cultural resources of the German state. Bringing together books, dissertations, documents, and other materials from archives, libraries, museums, and other sources, the archive provides access to a range of materials to students, teachers, and researchers. The site has some basic English pages and returns some English search results, but the site and materials are primarily in German. It is designed to integrate with other regional projects into a future German Digital Library.

http://www.digitalesthueringen.de/
Institution: Richard Hacken
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Hosted by the Harold B. Lee Library of Brigham Young University, Eurodocs represents a clearinghouse of links to sources hosted at other sites and by other institutions. Links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. In addition, links direct users to videos, sound files, maps, photographs, databases, and other sources, which encompass a broad sweep of historical periods, as well as of social, political, cultural, military, and other themes.

http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Main_Page
Institution: Leibniz Institute of European History
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Created by the Leibniz Institute of European History, this site offers a digitized database of European peace treaties dating from 1450 to 1789. Users can search by date, treaty partners, language of the treaty, and the home archive of the original. The site also offers a full-text search feature, all available in English. As a clearinghouse for European archives, the database includes documents in French, German, Latin, Russian, Dutch, Spanish, Hungarian, Turkish and more, although English is little represented.

http://www.ieg-friedensvertraege.de/Home------_site.index..html_dir._nav.55_likecms.html
Institution: nationaal archief
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A project of the National Archive of the Netherlands (Nationaal Archief), gehetna.nl offers users access to millions of photographs, government documents, private letters and historical maps. In addition to sources on everyday life, the archive also contains unique documents from Dutch history dating back centuries. Searchable and offering full-text resources, the site also provides commentary and essays. Although primarily in Dutch, the site offers considerable English–language functionality.

http://www.gahetna.nl/en
Institution: German Historical Institute
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Initiated by the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, German History in Documents and Images (GDHI) provides primary sources on German history dating back to the early-modern period. The collection is divided into thematic sections, each curated by scholars, framed by introductory essays, and accompanied by primary sources (including English–language sources), as well as maps and images. Subjects include government and administration, military, economics, gender and family, and more. Materials are text-searchable and fully translated.

http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org
Institution: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
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A project supported by—among others—the State Library of Bavaria, the German National Library, and diverse universities including Cologne and Mainz, as well as associations such as H-Soz-u-Kult and the German Historical Institute of Paris, historicum.net has been designed for an audience of professional historians, history teachers, teachers in training, students, and the interested public. It provides access to sources on topics ranging back to the early modern period through a series of curated thematic collections, as well as through keyword, title, and other search functions. Site is primarily in German, but provides access to some English–language materials.

https://www.historicum.net
Institution: Fordham University
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Offering no-frills access to significant primary sources on modern history across geographic regions, the Internet Modern History Sourcebook is an established (since 1997) source for teachers and students in university-level survey courses. It is part of a larger project that includes internet history sourcebooks on other periods, and provides access to sources hosted on its own site, which are arranged in thematic and chronological fashion, but also fully searchable. The sources are a curated selection, rather than an attempt at universal coverage, and are all in English or English translation. Topics covered include periods and events ranging from the Reformation to the present day. Although containing documents of political or intellectual significance, the sourcebook also attempts to represent the diversity of other sources and viewpoints.

http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook.asp#Introduction
Institution: Krantenbank Zeeland
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A digital archive of local periodicals and newspapers from the Dutch province of Zeeland, Krantenbank Zeeland provides users access to images of general-readership newspapers, as well as those for special audiences such as soldiers (De soldatencourant (1914–17)). Compiled by the Zeeland Library in collaboration municipal archives and other organizations, the archive is entirely in Dutch.

https://krantenbankzeeland.nl/
Institution: University of Hertfordshire
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London Lives makes available, in a fully digitised and searchable form, a wide range of primary sources about eighteenth-century London, with a particular focus on plebeian Londoners. This resource includes over 240,000 manuscript and printed pages from eight London archives and is supplemented by fifteen datasets created by other projects. It provides access to historical records containing over 3.35 million name instances. Facilities are provided to allow users to link together records relating to the same individual, and to compile biographies of the best documented individuals.

http://www.londonlives.org/
Institution: Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania
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This English–language website allows users access to the Collection of Parchments of Rare Book and Manuscript Department of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, which comprises 144 items. Assembled primarily after World War II, the collection contains documents dating from the medieval period until the early nineteenth century, both those created abroad and docuemnts relevant to the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

http://pergamentai.mch.mii.lt/pergamentai.en.htm
Institution: National Army Museum
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A public organization that includes corporate partnerships, the National Army Museum strives to be a source for both education and the general public. It includes materials and exhibits in Great Britain's military history, with its collections concentrated on the centuries from the English Civil War onward. In addition, it is expansive enough to include Britain's imperial and colonial possessions. In contrast to the Imperial War Museum, the Army Museum's remit is narrower, focusing on specifically military matters. Extensive online exhibitions on a range of chronological and thematic topics, including Florence Nightingale and the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, offer a small selection of primary sources and brief accompanying essays.

http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/
Institution: University of Hertfordshire
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A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. The Old Bailey Proceedings Online makes available a fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913, and of the Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts between 1676 and 1772. It allows access to over 197,000 trials and biographical details of approximately 2,500 men and women executed at Tyburn, free of charge for non-commercial use.

http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/
Institution: Brown University Library for Digital Scholarship
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This project, created by the Brown University Library Center for Digital Scholarship, offers users access to thousands of prints, drawings, and watercolors from the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection. Concentrating on the period from the 17th century to World War II, it has a particular emphasis on illustrations of military uniforms and dress, as well as portraits, photographs, posters, and other materials. All are accessible both via a thematic browsing capacity, basic search, and a multi-term advanced search function. The collection is based on its founder's collection, which was donated to the library, which began to be accumulated in the mid-twentieth century. It includes, in addition to the thousands of books, albums, and sketches, some 6,000 miniature lead soldiers. It includes materials collected after World War II from Germany, Russia, Britain, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. In addition to Europe, some materials relate to the British Empire, especially...

http://library.brown.edu/cds/askb/
Institution: University of St Andrews
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Created by the University of St. Andrews, the Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 is a database searchable for documents dating back to the earliest surviving text of 1235. Growing from over a decade of work by the researchers of the Scottish Parliament Project at the university's School of History, the digital archive makes these sources available to students, teachers, and researchers. The documents of parliaments and conventions of estates include committee records and parliamentary minutes, and are accompanied by commentary and annotation. Parallel translations from Latin, French, and Scots into English and standardized personal and place names improve accessibility.

http://www.rps.ac.uk/static/bottom_frame.html
Institution: Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek – Technische Universität Darmstadt
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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: Tulane University
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Assembled by the Howard–Tilton Memorial Library, the Tulane University Digital Library is a source of digitized and digital holdings for teachers, researchers, and the public. Strengths of the collections include music, especially jazz, as well as Latin America, the local history of New Orleans and Louisiana. Drawn from a range of collections and centers at Tulane University, the library provides a search feature, as well as thematic collections, and browsable sections defined by title, date, subject, source, and other criteria. Of particular interest are thematic collections on World War II and the American Civil War. Documents are presented as images, fully annotated and tagged for subject matter.

http://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/
Institution: National Archives
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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 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 of Wales, Cambridge University Library, the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and the library of Trinity College Dublin. Full access is available only through those sites, but partial access is available on this web portal, which is text searchable. Relevant thematic collections include the First World War Centenary and Women's Issues collections.

http://www.webarchive.org.uk/
Institution: Universiteit Leiden
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Provided by Leiden University (Netherlands), the University Library's Digital Special Collections archive offers users access to visual and textual sources including maps, photos, books, and manuscripts, as well as an editorial apparatus and digital exhibitions on specific themes. The collections' search feature allows for English language searches, although many of the items in the collection are presented primarily in Dutch.

https://socrates.leidenuniv.nl
Institution: Eltis, David
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Building on the work of scholars have accumulated since the 1960s, Voyages: The Trans–Atlantic Slave Trade Database draws on multiple sources of information about individual slave-trade voyages to provide a database searchable on criteria such as point of origin, destinations, dates, and more. Beginning from a foundation of data culled from libraries, newspapers, archives, and other contemporary sources on British voyages, the team that developed Voyages, led by Emory University historian David Eltis, amassed information on Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and other nations’ trade in captive people from Africa, some 34,948 in all, as of 2010. The project’s leaders believe that their dataset encompasses more than 95 percent of all British voyages, as well as high percentages of those of French and Dutch ships, overall encompassing some 80 percent of the whole and a high percentage of the estimated 12.5 million captives taken from Africa. (The estimate itself is possible in part...

http://www.slavevoyages.org
Institution: Library of Congress
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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 Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world. It offers an array of primary materials spanning cultures, with multiple language options.

https://www.wdl.org/en/