Database of digitised materials, offering an array of Western perspectives and sources on China and Southeast Asia and spanning several centuries, from the first British mission to China in 1792-1794 through to the mid 20th century. Highlights include: British government records covering economic development in China and its neighbours, 1950-1980; Correspondence from the Macartney Embassy, the first British diplomatic mission to China, 1892-94; The diaries, notebooks and published writings of Rewi Alley (1897-1987), New Zealand educator and industrial organiser in communist China.
This database is a series of digital archive collections sourced from preeminent libraries and archives. The series covers a period of about 180 years (1800s to 1980s) when China experienced radical and often traumatic transformations from an inward-looking imperial dynasty into a globally engaged republic. Consisting of monographs, manuscripts, periodicals, correspondence and letters, historical photos, ephemera, and other kinds of historical documents, these collections provide comprehensive primary source materials for understanding the various aspects of China during the 19th and 20th centuries. Monash University Library subscriptions are to Part 1 to Part 6. [Part 1: Missionary, sinology and literary periodicals. -- Part 2: Records of the Maritime Customs Service of China 1854–1949. -- Part 3. Diplomacy and political secrets, 1869-1900. -- Part 4. Hong Kong, Britain and China, 1841-1951.-- Part 5. Imperial China & the West: Part I, 1815-1881. -- Part 6. Imperial China and the West. Part II, 1865-1905.]
Sources from the School of Oriental and African Studies and the British Library, London. Documents western interaction with China from the first embassy by Lord Macartney to trade negotiations for military aircraft in the 1970s. Opium War, Arrow War, Boxer Rebellion, Taiping Rebellion, the opening of treaty ports, birth of the People's Republic collections relating to missionaries. Includes maps, drawings, photographs and personal accounts.
The establishment in 1837 of the Presbyterian Church's Board of Foreign Missions signalled the beginning of a worldwide missionary operation destined to embrace some fifteen countries in four different continents The records offered here provide information on social conditions in China and on efforts to spread the gospel during the nineteenth century. These are records mainly of incoming correspondence from the mission field and outgoing correspondence from the Board headquarters.
The records offered here provide information on social conditions in Siam (renamed Thailand in 1948) and on efforts to spread the gospel during the nineteenth century. Documenting the church's educational, evangelical, and medical work, these are records mainly of incoming correspondence from the mission field and outgoing correspondence from the Board headquarters.
A full-text database, formerly Artemis Primary Sources, that cross-searches Gale's extensive digital archive collections, including Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO), The Making of the Modern World : the Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature, The Making of Modern Law : Legal Treatises, 1800-1926, and The Making of Modern Law : Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926. The platform features Subject Indexing to aid content discovery across collections, Term Frequency which can suggest the importance of particular concepts during given periods, and Term Clusters which displays terms that commonly occur in relation to a search term.
This resource brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history. The commodities featured in this resource have been transported, exchanged and consumed around the world for hundreds of years. They helped transform societies, global trading operations, habits of consumption and social practices.
Drawing upon the manuscript collections of the National Library of Scotland, this searchable online resource provides access to digital facsimiles of diaries and journals, official and private papers, letters, sketches, paintings and original Indian documents containing histories and literary works. The collection documents the relationship between Britain and India in an empire where the Scots played a central role as traders, generals, missionaries, viceroys, governor-generals and East India Company officials. The dates of the documents range from 1710 to 1937.
Primarily Department of State cables and CIA intelligence information cables concerning South and North Vietnam. Topics include the Vietnam War, U.S.-South Vietnam relations, South Vietnams political climate, opposition groups, religious sects, ethnic groups, labor unions, corruption, press censorship, the North Vietnams military and economy, peace negotiations, and events in Cambodia and Laos.
International Historical Statistics is a collection of statistical data from around the world, covering a wide range of socio-economic topics. The collection includes data on the Americas and Europe, but also hard-to-find data on Africa, Asia and Oceania. This 2013 release updates the last print edition of International Historical Statistics, which was published in 2007 in 3 volumes. It now includes 260 years of rich data, collected between 1750-2010 and available online for the first time. Users will find the ability to conduct statistical analysis across both time and geopolitical boundaries particularly valuable. Data tables can be downloaded as Excel files.
The Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Womens Association was founded in 1930 to strengthen international understanding and friendship among the women of Asia and the Pacific and women of the U.S.A. The group promoted cooperation among women of these regions for the study and improvement of social, economic, and cultural conditions, and engaged in studies on Asian and Pacific affairs. The collection is sourced from the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, USA.
This collection replicates all the minutes of meetings held by the Board of Directors of the Shanghai Municipal Council from July 1854 to December 1943. A wide range of topics were discussed at these board meetings from sanitation, transportation, telecommunication and postal service, to taxation, urban planning, gas supply and so forth. During the period covered by these minutes, Shanghai, as a treaty port, transformed from a traditional small coastal town into a trade centre of China and eventually an international metropolis that nurtured many of China’s and even the world’s modern industrial and commercial businesses.
This resource brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of 'Empire' and its theories, practices and consequences. The materials span across the last five centuries and are accompanied by a host of secondary learning resources including scholarly essays, maps and an interactive chronology.
This collection provides researchers with six rare English-language journals, five of which were founded by Western missionaries in the Far East in the 19th century, covering a wide range of topics such as East-West communication, Christianity in China and other parts of Asia, and China's political, economic, and cultural landscape.
These files represent a large portion of the archives of the British-run municipal police force based in Shanghai's former international settlement. The special branch of the Shanghai Municipal Police was charged with providing an orderly environment for Shanghai's foreign trade and commerce. Carrying out its duties required the timely gathering of information on areas of potential instability that might threaten Shanghai's economic development and political calm. This branch's prime responsibilities were collecting intelligence on political demonstrations, strikes, labor and social unrest, foreign and domestic subversive activities, and areas of dispute between the international settlement and the Chinese government.
This Archives Unbound database reproduces the six principal MID [Military Intelligence Division] files relating exclusively to China for the period 1918 to 1941. The six files relating to China, 1918-1941, are: 1. General Conditions in China. 2. Political Conditions, China. 3. Economic Conditions, China. 4. Army, China. 5. Navy, China. 6. Aeronautics, China. Also includes documents created by other U.S. Government agencies and foreign governments from the records of the Military Intelligence Division.
This collection of digitized primary sources provides access to more than 150 years of the longest-established association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology in its broadest sense, the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. This collection of association files, manuscripts, and photos documents the history of the association as well as the services it provided to contemporary anthropology and anthropologists. It is a collection of Wiley Digital Archives.
The Municipal Gazette provides a unique window into the workings of the Shanghai International Settlement (SMC) during the period of revolution, the Republic, internationalization of Shanghai, national uprising, and world war. The SMC was founded in July 1854 by a group of Western businessmen to govern the daily operation and infrastructure of the Shanghai International Settlement. By the mid-1880s, the Council had become a practical monopoly over the city’s businesses. The SMC was dissolved on December 17, 1943.
The records in this collection cover the internal and foreign policies, personalities, and events in a pivotal period of Indonesian history. The charismatic leader of Indonesia, Sukarno, steered his country between the political machinations of the Army Staff and the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). These records consist of essential memoranda, correspondence, telegrams, memoranda of conversations, reports, and news articles and cover all aspects of U.S. relations with Indonesia, Indonesian internal affairs, and Indonesia's relations with its neighbours.
Provides full-text searchable access to formerly restricted top level discussions and correspondence from the British Embassy and consulate in Japan. Includes memoranda, reports, minute sheets and correspondence, along with detailed assessments of key events, speeches and topics of special interest. Includes Japan-specific files from the FO 371 and FO 262 series and is supplemented by files from the Western and American Department papers in FO 371.
Socialism on Film is a comprehensive collection of documentaries, newsreels and features that reveals the world as seen by Soviet, Chinese, Vietnamese, East European, British and Latin American filmmakers. It ranges from the early twentieth century to the 1980s. Sourced from the archives of the British Film Institute (BFI), the collection consists of films produced almost exclusively in the communist world and later versioned into English for distribution in the West. The films have been conserved, digitised from the original reels, and are fully transcribed and searchable. The three modules are: 1. Wars and revolutions. 2. Newsreels and magazines. 3. Culture and society.
Database of material relating to the history of North American trade and cultural exchange with China and the Far East, focusing on the 18th and 19th centuries. Sourced from American and Canadian libraries, the resource documents this topic with manuscripts, rare printed sources, visual images, objects and maps.
Database of Church Missionary Society, South American Missionary Society, and Church of Zenana Missionary Society publications. Module 1 contains periodicals published from the early 19th century up until the 21st century. Module 2 presents the medical journals, the periodicals of the Asian missions, and the Historical Record of the Church Missionary Society and the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society.
Edward Sylvester Morse (1838-1925) was one of the first Americans to live in Japan. His archive provides a comprehensive insight into the culture and society of Meiji Japan. In addition to preserving the household records of a samurai family and many accounts of the tea ceremony, Morse made notes on subjects as diverse as shop signs, fireworks, hairpins, agricultural tools, to household construction, art and architecture. Morse devoted much of his life to the task of documenting life in Japan before it was transformed by Western modernization. The records also cover his work at the Imperial University of Tokyo where he taught science and was Chair of Zoology. He was a crucial figure in the initial engagement between Japan and America and his papers are also important for relations between East Asia and America in the first decades of the twentieth century.
The Wiley Digital Archives: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) collection includes materials from the society’s library, as well as its extensive archival and map collection. Hundreds of thousands of manuscript maps are complemented by manuscript material, fieldnotes, correspondence, drawings, pamphlets, atlases, gazetteers, and a range of other published and unpublished material. The archive sheds light on the impact of geographical science on history, exploration, colonialism, and diplomatic policies, as well as natural resources, cultural studies, anthropology, and ethnography.
This digital archive currently includes 150,000 pages of conference proceedings, reports of international women's organizations, publications and web pages of women's non-governmental organizations, and letters, diaries, and memoirs of women active internationally since the mid-nineteenth century. It also includes photographs and videos of major events and activists in the history of women's international social movements. There are also 25-30 essays exploring themes illuminated by the primary documents in the archive commissioned from leading contemporary scholars. The primary source material illuminates how women’s international organizations have focused on issues related to peace, poverty, child labor, literacy, disease prevention, and global inequality.
Database is a collection of British government documents (British Colonial office correspondence) on colonial Hong Kong, spanning a period of over a century. It provides detailed and valuable information on the political, military, social, economic, and external development of Hong Kong. It also sheds light on the British Empire in Asia, China’s transformation from empire to republic, mainland China-Hong Kong relations, and the international politics of East Asia.
This collection contains un-catalogued pamphlets about communism, socialism, and class struggle. The pamphlets are global in scope, although they are all in English unless otherwise noted. The bulk of the collection originates from China and Soviet Russia during the post-WWII period, although Cuba and Britain are strongly represented as well. These materials include a selection of translated speeches from Mao Zedong, as well as Joseph Stalin, Vyacheslav Molotov, and other prominent Soviet policy-makers from the era. Also included are Cuban communist pamphlets from the late 1950s, as well as a small selection of pamphlets published in Britain during the late 1930s and early 1940s concerning class struggle and working conditions for laborers.
The U.S. State Departments Office of Chinese Affairs, charged with operational control of American policy toward China, amassed information on virtually all aspects of life there immediately before, during, and after the revolution. Declassified by the State Department, the Records of the Office of Chinese Affairs, 1945-1955, provide valuable insight into numerous domestic issues in Communist and Nationalist China, U.S. containment policy as it was extended to Asia, and Sino-American relations during the post-war period.
This archive presents a comprehensive collection of significant primary source documents, arranged in collections, that are central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945. It consists of indexed, declassified government documents covering U.S. policy toward critical world events – including their military, intelligence, diplomatic and human rights dimensions – from 1945 to the present. Each collection is assembled by foreign policy experts and features chronologies, glossaries, bibliographies, and scholarly overviews.
Created by the U.S. intelligence community to benefit U.S. policy makers and analysts, FBIS Daily Reports offer foreign views and perspectives on historical events from thousands of monitored broadcasts and publications. Translated into English from more than 50 languages, these comprehensive media reports from around the globe include news, interviews, speeches and editorial commentary. Topics range from political, military and social issues, to economics, science and technology. This database covers: the Cold War, China, the Middle East, Latin America, the Soviet Union, and more, from 1974 to 1996.
This digital collection makes available all British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980. Allows access to eye-witness accounts, weekly and monthly summaries, annual reviews, reports and anlyses, economic assessments, synopses on Chinese personalities, and much more. The six parts of this resource span the period 1919 to 1980: 1919-1929: Kuomintang, CCP and the Third International; 1920-1937: The Long March, civil war in China and the Manchurian Crisis; 1938-1948: Open Door, Japanese war and the seeds of Communist vistory; 1949-1956: The Communist revolution; 1957-1966: The Great Leap Forward; 1967-1980: The Cultural Revolution.
Comprising records of the State Departments Central Classified Files, this collection contains records relating to the internal affairs of Indochina, during the period 1945-49. The records include instructions sent to and correspondence received by the State Department; the State Departments internal documentation, as well as correspondence between the Department and other federal departments and agencies, Congress, and private individuals and organizations.
This collection covers a wide variety of topics relating to Japanese internal affairs in the period 1930 to 1949, ranging from militarism, industrialization, politics and government, the Sino-Japanese war and the home front, and labour development and unrest, to the affects of nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, disarmament and the establishment of Occupation Government.
Select filter options, then Archives, then Asia and the West
The records in this archive depict the political and social history of Western interaction with a number of Asian countries during the nineteenth century. Most of the manuscript collections consist of the British Foreign Office and United States consular and diplomatic records. These records were generally maintained in the local consular or diplomatic posts and reflect the day-to-day accounting of the activities of the indigenous populations and their national governments, the expansion of trade, and the exercise of extraterritorial rights and treaty provisions.
The Nixon Years, 1969-1974 covers Richard Nixon's entire presidential term and allows scholars and researchers the opportunity to assess, from a British, European and Commonwealth perspective, Nixon's handling of numerous Cold War crises, his administration's achievements, as well as his increasingly controversial activities and unorthodox use of executive powers culminating in Watergate and resignation.
The records in this collection relate to political relations between China and Japan for the period 1930 -1939. The records are mostly instructions to and despatches from diplomatic and consular officials. There are records on: the Japanese occupation of Manchuria, beginning with the Mukden incident, in 1931; military action at Shanghai in 1932; further Japanese political and economic penetration into China, 1935-1936; and the course of the undeclared war between Japan and China, 1937-1939.