Digital archives of English-language periodicals published in, or about, China.
Includes these files:
Missionary, Sinology and Literary Periodicals, 1817-1949:
A collection of 17 English-language periodicals published in, or about, China during a period of over 130 years, extending from 1817 until 1949 when the People's Republic of China was founded. This corresponds to the periods of the late Qing Dynasty and the Republican Era (1911-1949), when China experienced radical and often traumatic transformations from an inward-looking imperial dynasty into a globally engaged republic with modern approaches to politics, literature, education, public morality, and intellectual life.
Records of the Maritime Customs Service of China (1854-1949): Official correspondence, despatches, reports, memoranda, and private and confidential letters - constitute invaluable and often unique evidence of Chinese life, the economy and politics through the Taiping Rebellion, the Boxer Rebellion, the Revolution of 1911, the May 30 Movement, the two Sino-Japanese Wars, and the Chinese Civil War.
The English North China Herald is universally acclaimed as the prime printed source in any language for the history of the foreign presence in China from around 1850 to the 1940s.
During this so-called ‘treaty century’ (1842-1943) the Great Western Powers established a strong presence in China through their protected enclaves in the major cities.
It was published in Shanghai, at the heart of China’s dealing with the Euro-American world and a city at the forefront of developments in Chinese politics, culture, education and the economy. As the official journal for British consular notifications, and announcements of the Shanghai Municipal Council, it is the first – and sometimes only – point of reference for information and comment on a range of foreign and Chinese activities.
Complete, searchable backfile of the major English-language newspaper of Hong Kong.
This premier English-language title gives researchers new insights into Hong Kong's unique political and social history during the 20th century. It is known for its authoritative, influential and independent reporting on all of Asia as well as its perspective of the rest of the world.
Advances research in the following areas, and more:
• Chinese Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty, China’s last imperial dynasty
• Spread of the bubonic plague and adoption of the Peak Reservation Ordinance
• Battle of Hong Kong in December, 1941, which led to the Japanese occupation during World War II
• Reestablishment of the British colonial government after the end of the war
• Communist Revolution in China in 1949
• Industrialization and economic growth of Hong Kong
In addition to the article content, this rare archive provides the big picture with full-image views of every page, cover to cover. And, every part of every page is searchable, including advertisements, editorials, cartoons, and classified ads that illuminate history as much as the articles.
Guide to historical records, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world
Contains nearly a million collection descriptions contributed by thousands of libraries, museums, and archives. A combination of brief descriptions derived from catalog records in the RLG Union Catalog, and more detailed archival finding aids harvested from the Internet, including those that conform to the EAD (Encoded Archival Description) format standard.
Collection of English language sources detailing China's interaction with the West.
Notable events such as the Macartney Embassy, Opium Wars, Taiping Rebellion, Boxer War, Great Leap Forward, Nixon visit, and more are represented by the documents in this collection. Includes unique manuscript material drawn chiefly from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the British Library in London. Additional library and archival collections that are represented include Cambridge University Library, the Church Missionary Society Archive, the National Archives at Kew, and Duke University, among others. The collection includes letters, diaries, missionary periodicals, maps and drawings, and other documents to facilitate research into diplomatic and missionary interactions, as well as events related to business, trade, and tourism.
Sources from The National Archives, Kew - the UK government's official archive.
Contains primary source materials, including British diplomatic dispatches; government and private correspondence; newspaper cuttings/transcriptions and translations of press reports; meeting minutes; political, economic, and military analyses; statistical tables; biographies of prominent figures; reports of visits, investigations, etc.; published booklets, leaflets, posters, and propaganda; annual reports detailing events in a territory during the previous year; maps.
• 1919-1929, Kuomintang, CCP and the Third International
• 1930-1937: The Long March, civil war in China and the Manchurian Crisis
• 1938-1948: Open Door, Japanese war and the seeds of Communist victory (forthcoming)
• 1949-1956, The Communist Revolution
• 1957-1966, The Great Leap Forward
• 1967-1980, The Cultural Revolution
UK government files on the political and social history of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Sourced from the British Foreign Office files at the UK government's official archive, this collection focuses on the political and social history of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Includes content on Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Kashmir, and other frontier regions. Other files cover UK, US, and European trade, industrial policy, education, the media, and the threat posed by China and the Soviet Union. Documents include diplomatic dispatches, telegrams, newspaper cuttings and transcripts, maps, photographs, political and economic reports, accounts of visits and tours, meeting minutes, conference proceedings, letters, leaflets, and other ephemera.
This project comprises the following three sections:
• Independence, Partition, and the Nehru Era, 1947-1964
• South Asian Conflicts and Independence for Bangladesh, 1965-1971
• Afghanistan and the Cold War, Emergency Rule in India, and the Resumption of Civilian Rule in Pakistan, 1972-1980
Original manuscript material, comprising diaries, letters, maps, sketches, and official and private papers from the National Library of Scotland.
The history of British India is brought to life through the large and diverse South Asian holdings of the National Library of Scotland. The 18th and 19th centuries are especially well represented in manuscript sources which look at:
• Social history
• Urban history
• Travel and antiquities
• Indian and Imperial politics
There are records of doctors and diplomats, civil servants and army officials, tea planters and natural historians, travelers and traders.
Digital primary source collections of the long nineteenth century.
Primary source collections of the long nineteenth century, including monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more from around the world, including from national libraries, academic and public libraries, and a variety of special collections, archives, and repositories.
Currently contains four collections:
• Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange
• British Politics and Society
• British Theatre, Music and Literature: High and Popular Culture
• European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection.
Reviews U.S.-China relations in the post-Cold War Era, and analyzes the significance of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations, China's human rights issues, and resumption of World Bank loans to China in July 1990.
Books & eBooks
Books about Asian history can be found in the DS section of the library's main collection. Remember that you can get books from the Ann Arbor campus sent to Flint through the Get This program.
Full-text searchable early printed books in Arabic script on sciences, history, geography from the holdings of the British Library
Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library (1475-1900) is the first full-text searchable digital library of early printed books in Arabic script. Presented in three subject modules together covering religious literature, law, science, mathematics, astrology, alchemy, medicine, geography, travel, history, chronicles, and literature, and including European translations of Arabic works and Arabic translations of European books, it exemplifies the long exchange of ideas and learning between Europe and the Arabic-speaking world.