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Chatham House Online Archive, 1st Edition

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    • More than 300,000 pages
    • Approximately 70,000 minutes of audio


Chatham House Online Archive, Module 1 offers a fully-searchable research environment where users can explore Chatham House's collection of materials from the Institute's foundation in 1920 to 1979. Detailed subject indexing of primary sources ranging from briefing papers, special reports and pamphlets to conference papers and monographs enable users to quickly search and retrieve expert knowledge, opinion, and advice from a broad range of players in the field of international affairs in the 20th century.

Gale, part of Cengage Learning has partnered with Chatham House, the world-leading center for policy research on international affairs, to digitize Chatham House's rich archive covering the 20th and 21st centuries. Containing over 90 years of high level analysis and research on global trends and key events and issues, this searchable online archive brings international affairs knowledge and expertise directly to the desktops of researchers and students.

The Chatham House Online Archive: the publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs is a multi-disciplinary resource bringing a 20th and 21st century world perspective to researchers and students. The archive is divided into two parts. The first part will cover years 1920-1979, and the second part will cover years 1980-2008.

The Chatham House was voted the #1 Non-U.S. Think Tank the past five consecutive years.

Detailed Overview

Chatham House Online Archive offers users invaluable insights into the changing dynamics of the 20th century world, including:
• The end of colonialism
• The development of communism and the Cold War
• Post-war reconstruction
• The rise and collapse of ideologies and dictators

No other digital collection offers the following material, available in Module 1:
• Meetings/Speeches, 1920-1979 with audio recordings from 1966
• Journals
• Survey of International Affairs, 1920-1963
• Documents of International Affairs, 1928-1963
• Chatham House Reports, Briefing Papers and Pamphlets, 1920-1979
• Chatham House Books/monographs, 1920-1979
• Review of the Foreign Press, 1939-1945
• Refugee Survey, 1939-1945
• Survey of Commonwealth Affairs, 1931-1962
• Documents and Speeches of Commonwealth Affairs, 1953
• Institute of Pacific Relations Conferences, 1926-1950s
• British Commonwealth Relation Conferences, 1933-1965

Users will also have access to the full text of Chatham House's flagship publications, the journal International Affairs and the magazine The World Today, as well as other influential journals, British Yearbook of International Law, 1920-1967, and Bulletin of International Affairs, 1925-1945.

Search features and paths include a faceted results list for a more intuitive drill-down experience; subject indexing at the article level to aid searching by author, topic, and region; the ability to search by the nationality or profession of speakers or authors; and links between a speech or meeting transcript and related journal and magazine articles.

More Information: Fact Sheet (PDF, 2 MB)


Reviews & Testimonials

"This database should provide a unique opportunity to follow connections between significant documents and analysis reflecting a specific 20th-century world view. The content extends over a long period: some publications run up through 2010. In addition, the opportunity to hear a range of political leaders' voices in recorded speeches will be valuable for students as well as scholars. More than 7,000 speeches will be accessible not only through audio format but also through searchable transcripts and links between the original speeches and subsequent published articles."

— eDesiderata, Center for Research Libraries


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