Webography on the Colonial Wars of the long 19th Century

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:

  • Imperial Conquest of Africa (1880–1914)
  • Spanish–American War (1898)
  • Boer/South African War (1899–1902)
  • Philippine-American War (1899–1902)

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Institution: Public Broadcasting Service
Abstract:

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: Smithsonian Libraries
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Created by the Smithsonian Institution, this online exhibit presents primary sources documenting Westerners' earliest travels in Africa, including maps, landscape drawings, sketches of plant life, descriptions of peoples and individuals, printed publications, and other materials. The project aims to document how Europeans filled in the interior spaces of the continent, which had hitherto been empty spaces on their maps. It provides users with...

http://www.sil.si.edu/Exhibitions/ArtofAfricanExploration/
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....

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/
Institution: Vancouver Island University
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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...

http://canadianletters.ca/
Institution: Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg Frankfurt am Main
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The image archives of the German Colonial Society (DKG, 1887–1936) have been preserved as part of a project to microfilm and preserve vulnerable collections of the City and University Library of Frankfurt am Main: this online archive of some 70,000 items has been collected from those color and half-tone photographs microfilmed in the 1990s. This website has been created with the support of the library, as well as the Computing Center of the...

http://www.ub.bildarchiv-dkg.uni-frankfurt.de/
Institution: Deutsches Historisches Museum
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As part of its website, the German Historical Museum (Berlin) offers users a collection database that includes an extensive inventory of objects, printed material, film, etc., relating to many periods of modern German history. Entries are searchable by title, keyword, and other criteria. Site is in both English and German, although the majority of holdings are in German.

http://dhm.de/datenbank/dhm.php?seite=10&lang=en
Institution: University of Oxford
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The online archive of the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, the Digital Bodleian provides access to more than 10 million printed pages, over 1 million maps, and large quantities of manuscript and archival material. In total, some 120,000 individual entries are available, with millions more awaiting release. The Digital Bodleian includes materials on a wide range of subjects, including Western manuscripts and "oriental" texts related to—...

http://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/
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,...

http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Main_Page
Institution: Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs
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The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. Increasingly, the volumes are available as downloadable ebooks. The volumes are ordered chronologically and thematically, and are full text searchable. Browse through for those volumes relating to administrations prior to that of Truman (1945–51). Recent ...

https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/ebooks
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...

http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org
Institution: Library of Congress
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Hosted by the World Digital Library and provided by the Library of Congress, this digitized version of Germany and Its Colonies includes more than 1,000 illustrations and depicts both European possessions (Alsace–Lorraine, conquered from France in 1870–71), and the overseas colonies it acquired after unification and lost after World War I: Togo, Cameroon, German South-West Africa (present-day Namibia), German East Africa (present-day...

https://www.wdl.org/en/item/2383/
Institution: Fordham University
Abstract:

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,...

http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook.asp#Introduction
Institution: National Archives
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Presented by the United States National Archives, the Digital Vaults site offers the ability to access more than 1,200 photos, documents, films and other sources. Records include iconic pictures and important documents relating to, among other issues, the range of US military conflicts, as well as the roles of women in society. The collection is searchable, divided into various collections, and accessible through a visual interface that...

http://www.digitalvaults.org
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...

http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/
Institution: McMaster University
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Created by McMaster University Libraries (Hamilton, ON), Peace and War in the 20th Century presents two parallel curated collections, "Waging Peace" and "Waging War" to audiences, especially students and teachers. Built around case studies, the collections present materials from the university library's archives about various thematic aspects of the topic, ranging from nuclear disarmament and women peace activists, on the one hand, to the...

http://pw20c.mcmaster.ca/
Institution: Hoover Institution
Abstract:

Documenting the wartime viewpoints and diverse political sentiments of the twentieth century, the Poster Collection has more than one hundred thousand posters from around the world and continues to grow. Some 33 thousand are available online. Posters from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia/Soviet Union, and France predominate, though items from more than eighty countries are included. Additional posters can be found in...

http://www.hoover.org/library-archives/collections/posters
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...

http://library.brown.edu/cds/askb/
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...

http://www.webarchive.org.uk/
Institution: University of South Florida
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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: New York Public Library
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Provided by the New York Public Library's Digital Collections service, this collection of a small number of important songs and sheet music from the late-19th and early 20th-century United States provides users with access to images of the materials. Information on composers, publication dates, etc. are included, as well as various keyword tags. All entries are searchable, and available via a partnership with the Digital Public Library of...

http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/search/index?filters[root-collection]=3fd39d40-c623-012f-cac8-58d385a7bc34&keywords=