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Modern Europe

Using this Subject Guide
General Information about
Modern Europe - All Eras
Information about specific eras
Reformation, The Enlightenment and the French Revolution
The Industrial Revolution
World War I
World War II
Post War Europe
Other History Guides
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The Ancient World
Medieval Europe
North American History
History of Islam
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Books at JPII Library
Books through OhioLINK
Using this subject guide

The John Paul II Library offers many different sources of information about modern Europe. Print reference sources available on the first floor can be used to locate the borders of countries in years past, map military campaigns and identify key figures in the different eras. Many of the print reference resources, like encyclopedias, have bibliographies that give book or journal titles for further information on the subject covered. The JPII Catalog can be searched for books available on the second floor or through OhioLINK.

Electronic resources are another way to find information at the JPII Library. Databases, such as Academic Search Premier or Humanities Index, can be used to locate articles from thousands of journals. Or your search can be narrowed to journal titles that cover specific subject areas, like the Catholic Historical Review or Contemporary European History.

The sources listed here can help you start your research but are only a part of the resources available to you through the library. If you have any questions, ask the librarians for help.


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General Information about Modern Europe - covers all time periods
Online Resources
Academic Search Complete - the world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for more than 5,300 scholarly publications, including more than 4,400 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for all 9,300 journals in the collection. This database is more extensive than Academic Search Premier, which it replaced.
Humanities International Complete - Full-text from hundreds of internationals journals and books. Includes all data from Humanities International Index.

Historical Abstracts - Index and abstracts to articles covering world history from 1450 to present (excluding U.S. and Canada). Includes or has links to full text

Peer-reviewed journals
History - Published since 1912, this journal is known for its broad coverage, both chronologically and geographcially.
Historian - In addition to European history, this journal covers the history of North America, Africa, Asia, Australian and South America
European History Quarterly - Covers subjects from the later Middle Ages to post-1945.

English Historical Review - Focuses on British history and includes European and world history since the classical era.

Journal of British Studies - Covers all aspects of British society, history and culture

Catholic Historical Review - The history of the Universal Church, covering all eras and geographical areas.

Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History - Russian and Eurasian history and culture

Journal of Military History - covers all eras and geographical areas

War in History - Examines war in economic, social and political as well as purely military aspects in all time periods.

Maps and Atlases
Periodic Historic Atlas of Europe - 21 maps showing the status of Europe at the end of each century, from 1-2000 AD.
Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History




Print Resources

The Cambridge historical encyclopedia of Great Britain and Ireland / editor, Christopher Haigh - Reference, First Floor DA34 .C28

Handbook of dates for students of English history / edited by C. R. Cheney - Reference, First Floor  DA34 .H29

A dictionary of European land battles : from the earliest times to 1945 / John Sweetman - Reference, First Floor D25.A2 S9

Atlas of Eastern Europe - Reference, First Floor G2080 .A85

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The Reformation, Enlightenment and the French Revolution

History of European Ideas - Covers the intellectual history of Europe beginning with the Enlightenment. Includes articles on politics, philosophy, theology, sociology and cultural ideas.

The Encyclopedia of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars - covers a wide range of military, political, social, and cultural events and personalities




The Oxford encyclopedia of the Reformation / Hans J. Hillerbrand - BR302.8 .O93

The Encyclopedia of romanticism : culture in Britain, 1780s-1830s / Laura Dabundo, editor Reference, First Floor DA529 .E53 1992

A military history and atlas of the Napoleonic Wars. Prepared by Vincent J. Esposito [and] John Robert Elting - Reference, First Floor G1796.S62 E8 1964

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The Industrial Revolution

Economic History Review - Economic and social history.

Victorian Studies - examines all aspects of English culture of the Victorian period.


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World War I

Contemporary British History - covers any aspect of British History since the First World War.

Journal of Contemporary History - Scholarly analysis of twentieth century European and international history

First World - NOT an authoritative site but contains timeline, maps, photographs and other helpful study aids.




An illustrated history of the First World War / by John Keegan.   Second Floor D521 .K345 2001

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World War II in Europe

Contemporary European History - Covers both Eastern and Western Europe from the end of WWI to the present.

Holocaust and Genocide Studies - How insights into the Holocaust apply to other genocides.

The Battle of Britain history site - biographies, maps, photos and other information about the 1940 aerial battle for Britain.




Campaign atlas to the Second World War : Europe and the Mediterranean / Department of History, United States Military Academy - Reference, First Floor - G1038 .U64

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Post War Europe

Journal of Cold War Studies - Covers the Cold War with special emphasis on newly declassified documents.

Contemporary European History - Covers both Eastern and Western Europe from the end of WWI to the present.

Journal of Contemporary History - focuses on twentieth century European and international history.

Contemporary British History - covers any aspect of British History since the First World War.

Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History - Russian and Eurasian history and culture. 




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Last updated December 14, 2009