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Middle East history: Databases

A subject guide proposing resources, archival materials, and primary sources for the history of the Middle East

Sources held by McGill University

It covers the Egyptian reforms of Muhammad Ali Pasha in the nineteenth century, the Middle East Conference of 1921, the Mandates for Palestine and Mesopotamia and the Suez Crisis in 1956, the partition of Palestine, post-Suez Western foreign policy and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

  • Archives Unbound (Gale):
  1. Aden: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1880-1906
  2. Afghanistan and the U.S., 1945-1963: Records of the U.S. State Department Central Classified Files
  3. Afghanistan in 1919: The Third Anglo-Afghan War
  4. British Campaign in Mesopotamia, 1914-1918
  5. British Mandate in Palestine, Arab-Jewish Relations, and the U.S. Consulate at Jerusalem, 1920-1944
  6. Cyprus Crisis in 1967
  7. Democracy in Turkey, 1950-1959: Records of the U.S. State Department Classified Files
  8. Egypt: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1853-1962
  9. Evangelism and the Syria-Lebanon Mission: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Missions, 1869-1910
  10. Evangelism in Iran: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Missions, 1847-1911
  11. French Mandate in The Lebanon, Christian-Muslim Relations, and the U.S. Consulate at Beirut, 1919-1935
  12. Iran (Persia): Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1883-1959
  13. Iraq: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1888-1944
  14. King and the People in Morocco, 1950-1959: U.S. State Department Records on the Internal Affairs of Morocco
  15. Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Trans-Jordan: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1836-1944
  16. Libya: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1796-1885
  17. Middle East Series Online 1: Arab-Israeli Relations 1917-1970
  18. Middle East Series Online 2: Iraq 1914-1974
  19. Morocco: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1797-1929
  20. Palestine and Israel: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1945-1959
  21. Persian Gulf States and Yemen, 1950-1959
  22. Records of the Persian Gulf War
  23. Saudi Arabia: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1930-1959
  24. Turkey: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1802-1949
  25. U.S. and Iraqi Relations: U.S. Technical Aid, 1950-1958
  26. U.S. Middle East Peace Policy and America's Role in the Middle East Peace Process, 1989-1993
  27. U.S. Operations Mission to Saudi Arabia, 1950-1955: Correspondence and Subject Files of the Office of the Director

The Listener was a weekly publication, established by the BBC in 1929 as the medium for reproducing radio – and later, television – programmes in print. It is the only record and means of accessing the content of many early broadcasts. In addition to expanding on the intellectual broadcasts of the week, it also discussed contemporary issues (including political issues), and regularly reviewed new books. 10% of its content was actually not connected to broadcasting at all. What united the very diverse articles was the BBC’s cultural mission of educating the masses. Having chronicled the transformative rise of radio and television, The Listener finally ceased publication in 1991, just on the dawn of the internet age.

Consists of indexing and abstracting of articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, book chapters, and statistical directories about public affairs.

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