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Internet Modern History Sourcebook

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The books that tend to have been put online here, or those that have been linked, tend to be those entire books that are often assigned to students in college classes to be read along with the more usual excerpted texts.



Catholic Reformation

European Exploration/Expansion

Absolutism/Ancien Regime

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English Civil War and After

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Scientific Revolution

The Enlightenment

American Independence

French Revolution

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Industrial Revolution

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19C Nationalism

19C Conservatism

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19C Liberalism

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    • John Stuart Mill (1806-73): On Liberty [At this Site]

19C Feminism

19C Britain

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19C France

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19C America

Socialism and Marxism
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The Second Industrial Revolution

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Darwin, Freud, Einstein etc.

Late 19C/Early 20C Thought

Religion in the Face of Modernity

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World War I

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The Russian Revolution

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An Age of Anxiety? The Inter-War Years

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Nazism and World War II

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The Holocaust

A Bipolar World

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Europe since 1945

End of Western Hegemony

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    • Statute of Westminster 1931  [At this Site]
      The act by which the British Parliament assented to the independence, within the British Commonwealth, of what were called the "White Dominions".

Social Movements

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    • Gay Liberation Front (London): Manifesto 1971 (rev. 1979) [At this Site]

Post-World War II Religious Thought

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