Empire Online

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Empire Online charts the rise and fall of empires around the world over a span five centuries. Includes a mixture of printed, manuscript and visual primary source documents. Those studying – among other subjects – colonial history, society, trade and travel, politics and culture can explore a diverse range of topics and subjects from ship’s logs to missionaries in Africa. Empire Online provides varying points-of-view, with selections from American, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and German, as well as British perspectives. Also includes texts from the peoples of Africa, India and North America.

Thematic Sections:
Empire Online contents are based around five thematic sections.

  1. Cultural Contacts
  2. Empire Writing and the Literature of Empire
  3. The Visible Empire
  4. Religion and Empire
  5. Race, Class, Imperialism and Colonialism

Material Includes:

  • Exploration journals and logbooks
  • Letterbooks and correspondence
  • Diaries and memoirs
  • Official government papers
  • Missionary papers
  • Exhibition catalogues and guides
  • Travel writing
  • Periodicals
  • Fictional books
  • Photographs
  • Illustrations
  • Maps
  • Posters

Provider: Adam Matthew
Coverage: Late 15th to early 21st century

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