English Historical Documents

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English Historical Documents Online contains over 5,500 expertly indexed and fully searchable primary documents from 500-1914.
General information

  • Online version of the standard series of primary source documents in British history, conceived in wartime and with volumes published since 1953
  • Over 5,500 documents from 13 volumes including American Colonial Documents (previously out of print)
  • Documents selected by generations of eminent historians, and their comment provides context for each document
  • Sources include government and cabinet proceedings, military dispatches, newspaper articles, pamphlets, personal and official letters and diaries
  • Covers political and constitutional topics and social, economic, religious and cultural history
  • Each document has been indexed and classified by experts at the Institute of Historical Research
  • Highly discoverable content through Quick and Advanced search
  • Explore content by Subject, Date, People, Place
  • Personalised log-in for individual users: highlight and annotate documents, bookmark entries, save and manage searches
  • All documents are available to print and download for use in coursework
  • Print, share and cite entry tools