New Database Reveals Impact of Women in Modern World Empires​​ | Alexander Street

New Database Reveals Impact of Women in Modern World Empires​​

July 12, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Alexander Street today announced the launch of a new fully indexed, primary source database, Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820.

Designed as a supplement to a popular, previously released Alexander Street collection—Women and Social Movements, International—this new archive and database explores prominent themes in world history since 1820: conquest, colonization, settlement, resistance, and post-coloniality, as told through women’s voices. To enhance cross-searchability and the user experience, both Women and Social Movements collections will be released simultaneously on Alexander Street’s state of the art platform.

With a focus on bringing the voices of the colonized to the forefront, Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820 includes documents related to the Habsburg Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the British, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and United States empires, and settler societies in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. A large, innovative section focuses on the voices of Native Women in North America.

The collection is organized around more than 35 document clusters, selected by scholars who are experts in the field, each of whom has written a scholarly essay that provides context and interpretation for the documents in their cluster. Documents not in English are accompanied by an English abstract. 

Sources have been drawn from numerous libraries, archives, and personal collections around the world, and most of the documents are available online for the first time. Sources include the Archivo Nacional de la República de Cuba, Habana, Cuba; the Burke Library Special Collections, Columbia University; Harvard Divinity School Library; Centre des Archives Diplomatiques de Nantes (CADN); Diliman Library, University of the Philippines; the National Archives Repository, Pretoria; Yale University Library, and many others. Most of the content is in-copyright, and video and audio content is also included.

“Women’s voices can be found at all levels of imperial history,” said Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin, co-editors of the collection. “The project is a large collaborative effort by scholars who are gathering clusters of documents in their fields of expertise.  We hope these documents will provide scholars and students with new perspectives on imperial history as a process of political, social, economic and cultural interactions involving indigenous and imperial people, family life, social networks and civil society as well as governments and armies.”  

Libraries worldwide may purchase or subscribe to Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820. It joins the other highly-curated primary source collections in the Women and Social Movements series, including Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, andWomen and Social Movements, International.

Librarians and faculty may request a free 30-day trial atalexanderstreet.com/modernempires.

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