- Librarian for European History
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- General Narrative Histories
- Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
- Chronologies and Handbooks
- Collections of Documents and Treaties
- Annual Surveys and Factbooks
- Additional Reference Sources by Country
Librarian for European History
Andrew H. Lee
Bobst Library at New York University
70 Washington Square South, Mezzanine
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-2633
Related Subject Guides
- Research Guides:
Finding Books in BobCat:
BobCat can be searched for books and other materials in history with a subject search (s= ).
Generally, subject headings for books in history follow a specific pattern:
Place name -- Subdivision -- Time period.
Place names can be names of countries, regions or cities. Subdivisions, as listed below in the examples, are standard and can be used with various place names. They describe the particular emphasis of the book. Time period refers to the years covered by the book; time period designations vary according to place.
The following examples illustrate possible subject searches for the history of 19-century Great Britain:
|Place Name||Subdivision||Time Period|
|s = Great Britain||
Intellectual life --
Social conditions --
Economic conditions --
Politics and government --
Foreign relations --
You can find information on all Western European countries by following this general pattern.
Also find information on interdisciplinary subjects with the alternate pattern:
|Subject||Place Name||Subdivision||Time Period|
s = Women --
s = Middle classes --
For more information, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings, a 4-volume set which contains the subject headings used in BobCat and other library catalogs. Look under the place name or subject to see the appropriate subdivisions and time periods. Copies of LCSH are in all reference centers.
- H-Net: Humanities and Social
Voice of the Shuttle
Searchable database of websites for research in the Humanities; includes a large section of primary and secondary material about European History.
- History Cooperative
- The American Historical Association (AHA)
- Directory of Dissertations in Progress (from the AHA)
- History Departments Around the World
- Repositories of Primary Sources
- Ready, Net, Go: Archival Internet Resources
- Internet Archive of Texts and Documents
- European Libraries Online
- Internet Modern History Sourcebook
- European Voyages of Exploration: the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
Guides and Bibliographies
American Historical Association. Guide to Historical Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. 3rd ed. 2 volumes.
Bobst REF1 Z6201 .A55 1995
An annotated guide to scholarly works in history for all periods and areas of the world, compiled by specialists in the field. Each of the 48 sections provides an introductory essay and extensive list of recommended books and articles for a specific country or region. Coverage is concentrated on works published since 1963. Author and subject indexes. For earlier works see Bibliography of Modern History, ed. by John Roach, Cambridge University Press, 1968 or the previous edition of the AHA's Guide to Historical Literature, published in 1961.
Reference Sources in History: An Introductory Guide, ed. by Ronald H. Fritze, Brian E. Coutts and Louis A. Vyhnanek. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1990.
Bobst REF1 Z6201 .F72 1990
This volume surveys all types of reference materials useful to historians, including bibliographies, periodical guides and indexes, newspapers, statistical sources, government publications, and biographical sources. The emphasis is on English-language titles in the fields of American and European history.
Bibliography of European Economic and Social History, compiled by Derek H. Aldcroft and Richard Rodger. 2nd ed. Manchester, Eng: Manchester University Press, 1992.
Bobst REF1 Z7165 .E8 A4 1993
A useful compilation of articles and books on Europe, including Turkey and the Soviet Union, covering the period 1700 through 1939. Topics emphasized include labor, urban and rural history, transportation, population and migration, banking and commerce, and historiography.
Women in Western European History: A Select Chronological, Geographical and Topical Bibliography, ed. by Linda Frey, Marsha Frey and Joanne Schneider. 2 vols. plus supplement. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1982-1984.
Bobst REF1 Z7961. F74 1982
This lengthy bibliography was one of the first devoted to women's history. The entries are for books only, arranged by period, country/region and then subject. Listings include books in English and Western European languages and are not annotated. The second volume covers the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Foreign Affairs 50-year Bibliography, 1920-1970. Ed. by Byron Dexter. New York: published for the Council on Foreign Relations by R.R. Bowker, 1972.
Bobst REF1 Z6461 .F62
Foreign Affairs Bibliography, 1962-1971. Ed. by Janis A. Kreslins. New York : Published for the Council on Foreign Relations by R. R. Bowker Co., 1976.
Bobst REF1 Z6461 .K73
Entries in these volumes contain extensive descriptions summarizing the argument and importance for historical study. Subjects covered are history, diplomacy, and political and economic affairs. An appendix lists important collections of government documents published since the 1920s: official histories of the World Wars, lists of treaties, and diplomatic records.
General Narrative Histories
New Cambridge Modern History. Cambridge, Eng: Cambridge University Press, 1957-1979. 14 vols.
Bobst REF1 D208 .N4 & Bobst Stacks D208. N4
The standard survey of Western history from the Renaissance to World War II. According to the general introduction, European "civilisation is to be treated in all its aspects, political, economic, social, 'cultural' and religious." Does not include bibliographies.
Cambridge Economic History of Europe. Ed. by M.M. Postan and H.J. Habakkuk. Cambridge, Eng.: The University Press, 1966-1989. 8 vols.
Bobst REF1 & REF6 HC240 .C3 & Bobst Stacks HC240 .C3
Pounds, Norman J. G. An Historical Geography of Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Bobst Stacks D21.5 .P62 1990
Surveys change in the fields of agriculture, manufacturing and industry, demographics, urbanism and trade.
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Encyclopedia of European Social History From 1350 to 2000. Ed. by Peter N. Stearns. Detroit: Scribner's, 2001. 6 vols.
Bobst REF1 HN373 .E63 2001
Articles are grouped in 23 sections, including a section on Methodologies, all with extensive bibliographies. The sixth volume contains biographies.
Townson, Duncan. Penguin Dictionary of Modern History, 1789-1945. London: Penguin, 1994.
Bobst REF1 D205. T69 1994
Alphabetically arranged; primarily a dictionary of political and economic history, with entries for persons, movements, events, etc.
Bobst REF1 AE5 .E5
All databases with electronic availability are accessible from off campus, via the library's website. Go to the alphabetical list of databases at http://library.nyu.edu/collections/find_articles_title.html and locate the database you'd like to search by title. When you click on "connect," you'll be prompted to enter your NYU Net ID and password.
Historical Abstracts. 1954-present
A searchable index to European and world history from 1450 to the present, searchable by author, subject and keyword. Covers about 2000 historical journals published in 50 languages; however, it is possible to limit searches to articles in English. Includes book reviews.
Proquest. Coverage Varies
A multidisciplinary database that indexes newspapers, general interest magazines, and academic journals. A good source for book reviews.
Wilson Omni. 1994-present
Contains indexed and abstracted articles from periodicals, all with ASCII full text online. The database is comprised of selected records from the following H.W. Wilson databases: Readers' Guide Abstracts, Social Sciences Abstracts, Humanities Abstracts, General Science Abstracts and Wilson Business Abstracts.(Note that each periodical can begin on a different month and year.) Limited for History, but Articles are all Full-Text
- British Humanities Index. 1962-present
Bobst REF1 AI3. B8
An annual index, arranged by author and subject. Includes references to about a dozen journals not included in the indexes above, largely on the history of Ireland and Great Britain. Most journals covered are available in Bobst.
Mitchell, B.R. International Historical Statistics: Europe, 1750-2000. 5th ed. Basingstoke, Hampshire, England; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
Bobst REF1 HA1107 .M5 2005
Chronologies and Handbooks
A Companion to Modern European History. Oxford: Blackwell, 1997.
Bobst REF1 D395 .C59 1997
Primarily a series of chapters on important themes and topics: Population; European Diplomacy, 1871- 1914; Rise of European Feminism, etc. Also includes a biographical section and a guide to further reading.
Cook, Chris, and John Stevenson, eds. Longman Handbook of Modern European History, 1763-1997. New York: Longman, 1998.
Bobst REF1 D299. C627 1998
A compilation of historical facts and figures organized into seven sections, including chronologies of political events, brief biographies, lists of principal rulers and ministers, tables of economic and social statistics, and a selective bibliography.
Pearson, Raymond, ed.The Longman Companion to European Nationalism, 1789-1920. London ; New York : Longman, 1994.
Bobst REF1 D359.7 .P43 1994
A brief, but solid overview, with statistical tables, biographies, a glossary, and select bibliography organized geographically.
Williams, Neville. Chronology of the Modern World, 1763 to 1992. 2nd ed. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1994
Bobst REF1 D209 .W59 1994b
For each calendar year, a two-page listing of significant events. The left-hand page is devoted to politics and international affairs; the right, to philosophy, science, the arts, and literature.
Rulers and Governments of the World. NY: Bowker, 1977. 3 vols.
Bobst REF1 D11.5 .R67 1977
Detailed listings of heads of state, cabinet officers, and rulers from the earliest times to 1975.
Collections of Documents and Treaties
Internet Modern History Sourcebook
A vast selection of shorter texts and excerpts, from the Reformation to the present, compiled at Fordham University. English only.
From Richard Hacken, European Studies Bibliographer, Brigham Young University, this site contains links to primary historical documents from Western Europe, by country, including selected transcripts, facsimiles and translations.
Documents in the Political History of the European Continent, 1815-1939, compiled by G.A. Kertesz. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986.
Bobst Stacks D5 .K4
Extracts and abridgements of longer documents, with citations to complete sources.
European Women: a documentary history, 1789-1945, edited by Eleanor S. Riemer and John C. Fout. New York: Schocken Books, 1980
Bobst Stacks HQ1587 .E98
Variety of document-types concerning the history of women.
Documents of European Economic History. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1968. 2 volumes (1750-1870 / 1870-1914)
Bobst Stacks HC240 .P5952
Mostly extracted versions of a variety of primary sources, selected to illustrate certain editorial themes.
Documents on International Affairs. London: 1928-1963.
Bobst Stacks D443 .T76
Annual volumes contain texts of treaties, government announcements and publications, speeches, etc.
Major Peace Treaties of Modern History, 1648-1967, ed. by Fred L. Israel. NY: Chelsea House, 1979. 5 vol.
Bobst Stacks JX121 .I8
Collection of documents in their entirety.
Revolution from 1789 to 1906, edited by Raymond Postgate. Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1969.
Bobst Stacks D361 .P65 1969
Extracts of documents with editorial comments and narrative.
Annual Surveys and Factbooks
Keesings Records of World Events. London: July 1, 1931-date. Monthly.
Bobst Microform 1931-1980
Electronic Access 1960-present.
Facts on File. New York: Oct.30/Nov. 5, 1940-date. Weekly.
REF1 D410 .F3 Current weekly issues and latest 2 yearbooks
Bobst Stacks D410 .F3 Previous yearbooks
These two sources provide brief ongoing summaries of world events; useful for chronology, identification of events and people, and basic facts. Annual indexes.
Annual Register, London: 1758-date.
Bobst Special Collections Issues prior to 1800
Bobst Stacks D2 .A7 1800-1945
Bobst REF1 D2 .A7 1946-1959
Electronic Access 1960-present, coverage via Keesing's
Each book-length volume contains a lengthy review of the previous year's political events in Great Britain and the world, as well as a selection of public documents. Beginning in 1863, developments in literature, science and the arts are also surveyed.
Survey of International Affairs. London, 1920/23-1963
Bobst Stacks D442 .S8
For the years published, a highly detailed annual narrative of international political events in all areas of the world.
Hammond Atlas of World History. Maplewood NJ: Hammond, 1999
Bobst REF1 Atlas Drawers G1030 .H34 1999
Times Atlas of European History. 3rd. ed. London: Times Books, 1994.
Bobst REF1 G1797.21 .S1 T56 1994
New Cambridge Modern History, vol. 14. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1970.
Bobst REF1 D208. N4
Although small in size, this volume offers a superior assortment of political maps.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection: Historical Maps of Europe
Alphabetical list of historical maps of europe.
European maps, by region, from the Yale Map Collection. Mostly 18th century.
Additional Reference Sources by Country
Biographical Dictionary of French Political Leaders since 1870. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.
Bobst REF1 DC 342 .B56 1990
Historical Dictionary of Napoleonic France. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984.
Bobst REF1 DC201 .H673 1985
Historical Dictionary of France from the 1815 Restoration to the Second Empire. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1987. 2 volumes.
Bobst REF1 DC 256.H57 1987
Historical Dictionary of the French Second Empire, 1852-1870. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985.
Bobst REF1 DC 276.H57 1985
Historical Dictionary of the Third French Republic, 1870-1940. 2 vol. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986
Bobst REF1 DC 337.H57 1986
Historical Dictionary of World War II France: the Occupation, Vichy, and the Resistance, 1938-1946. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.
Bobst REF1 DC397 .H58 1998
Dictionary of Modern Italian History, ed. by Frank J. Coppa. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985
Bobst REF1 DG545 .D53 1985
Historical Dictionary of Fascist Italy. Ed. by Philip V. Cannistraro. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1982.
Bobst REF1 DG 571.A1 H57
Historical Dictionary of Modern Italy. Ed. by Mark Gilbert. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1999.
Bobst REF1 DG555 .G53 1999
Modern Italian History: an annotated bibliography, comp. by Frank J. Coppa and William Roberts. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1990
Bobst REF1 Z2358 .C67 1990
DiScala, Spencer M. Italy: From Revolution to Republic, 1700 to the Present. 3rd ed. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2004.
Contains a lengthy bibliographical essay.
Bobst Stacks DG545 .D5 2004
Encyclopedia of the Third Reich, edited by Christian Zentner and Friedemann Beduerftig. English translation edited by Amy Hackett. New York: Macmillan, 1991. 2 volumes.
Bobst REF1 DD256.5 .G76313 1991
Kirk, Tim. Longman Companion to Nazi Germany. Harlow, Essex: Longman, 1995.
Bobst REF1 DD256.5 K475 1995
Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People, and Culture, 1871-1990. Ed. by Dieter K. Buse, Juergen C. Doerr. New York: Garland Pub., 1998. 2 vols.
Bobst REF1 DD14 .M64 1998
Snyder, Louis L. The Third Reich, 1933-1945: a bibliographical guide to German National Socialism. New York: Garland, 1987.
Bobst Stacks Z2241 .N27 S65 1987
Historical Dictionary of Germany. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1994.
Bobst REF1 DD84 .T48 1987
A Historical Dictionary of Germany's Weimar Republic. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.
Bobst REF1 DD84 .V56 1997
British Economic and Social History: a bibliographical guide. 3rd ed. Manchester, Eng: Manchester University Press, 1996.
Bobst REF6 Z7165. G8 R53 1996
Havighurst, Alfred F. Modern England, 1901-1984 (a selective bibliography). 2nd ed. Cambridge: CUP, 1987.
Bobst Stacks Z2020 .H38 1988
Victorian Britain: an encyclopedia, ed. by Sally Mitchell. New York: Garland, 1988.
Bobst REF1 DA550 .V53 1988
British Women's History: a bibliographical guide. Manchester and NY: Manchester University Press, 1996.
Bobst REF1 Z7964 .G7 H36 1996
Longman Handbook of Modern British History, 1714-2001. 4th ed. London; NY: Longman, 2001.
Bobst REF1 DA470 .C653 2001
Encyclopedia of Romanticism: Culture in Britain, 1780s-1830s. New York: Garland, 1992.
Bobst REF1 DA529 .E53 1992
Oxford Companion to British History. Rev. ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Bobst REF1 DA34 .O93 2002
Historical Dictionary of the United Kingdom. Ed. by Kenneth J. Panton. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1997.
Bobst REF1 DA34 .P36 1997
Twentieth Century Britain: an encyclopedia. Rev. ed. New York: Garland, 2002.
Bobst REF1 DA566. T835 2002
Oxford Companion to Irish History. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2002.
Bobst REF1 DA912 .O94 2002
Companion to Irish History, 1603-1921: from the submission of Tyrone to Partition. NY: Facts on File, 1991.
Bobst REF1 DA912 .N485 1991
Chronology of Irish History Since 1500. J. E. Doherty. Savage, MD: Barnes & Noble Books, 1990.
Bobst REF1 DA910 .D66 1990
A New History of Ireland. Ed. by T.W. Moody, F.X. Martin, F.J. Byrne. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976-.
Bobst REF1 DA912 .N48