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Trial: Middle East Online (Gale)

Posted by Megan on September 2, 2010

The library currently has a trial to the document collection Middle East Online (published by Gale / Cengage Learning). There are two sections: Series I is Arab-Israeli Relations‚ 1917-1970 and Series II is Iraq 1914-1974. The collections consist of primary source documents from the National Archives in London and include material from the British Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers. Essays and commentary are also include to introduce readers to the material and its historical context.

The temporary trial will last until the end of September 2010.

Resource descriptions:

Series One – Arab-Israeli Relations 1917-1970 – offers the widest range of original source material from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers from the 1917 Balfour Declaration through to the Black September war of 1970-1. Here major policy statements are set out in their fullest context, the minor documents and marginalia revealing the workings of colonial administration and, following the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, British diplomacy towards Israel and the Arab states.

Series II: Iraq 1914-1974, offers a broad range of original source material from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers covering the period from the Anglo-Indian landing in Basra in 1914 through the British Mandate in Iraq of 1920-32 to the rise of Saddam Hussein in 1974. Here major policy statements and other working documents are set out in context, the minor documents and marginalia revealing the workings of the mandate administration, diplomacy, treaties, oil and arms dealing. Photographs and colour maps, as well as contemporary film, help bring this vital strand of modern history to life.


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