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Full Text Sources

Links to full texts of books available at this and other sites will be listed here. The texts are also integrated within the overall structure of the Sourcebook. This listing is to aid compilers of web guides to online books, etc.

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

English Civil War and After

Scientific Revolution

The Enlightenment

American Independence

French Revolution

Industrial Revolution


19C Nationalism

19C Conservatism

19C Liberalism

19C Feminism

19C Britain

  • Full texts here
  • Full texts elsewhere
    • WEB A Regency Repositry
      WEB Literature of the Victorian Period [At ACCD]
      Listing of the major British authors, with dates of their works, and links to the works when online.
    • WEB 19th Century British and Irish Authors [At Nagoya]
      Splendid online guide to texts and sites on 19th century authors
    • WEB The Gaskell Page [At Nagoya]
      A Comprehensive web page dedicated to the works of Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65). It includes ALL of Mrs. Gaskell's writings as etexts, as well as a lot of ancillary material about 19th-century England.
    • WEB Penny Magazine [At Rochester]
      The text of a magazine directed at the English working class in the 1830s.
    • WEB Interpreting The Irish Famine, 1846-1850 [At Internet Archive, from Virginia]
      A large collection of online original texts from Ireland, England, and America on the Irish Famine. Includes a great deal on emigration to America.

19C France

19C America

Socialism and Marxism


The Second Industrial Revolution

Darwin, Freud, Einstein etc.

Late 19C/Early 20C Thought

Religion in the Face of Modernity

World War I

The Russian Revolution

An Age of Anxiety? The Inter-War Years

  • Full texts here
  • Full texts elsewhere
    • Aldous Leonard Huxley (1894-1963): Brave New World, 1932, full text, [At hedweb]
    • Franz Kafka (1883-1924): Metamorphosis, full text [At Project Gutenberg]
    • John Maynard Keynes: The Economic Consequences of the Peace, 1920 [At Project Gutenberg]
    • WEB American Life Histories, Manuscripts from the Federal Writers's Project, 1936-1940 [At Library of Congress]
      Over 2,900 online oral histories from the Depressison era. The site also has image files.

Nazism and World War II

The Holocaust

A Bipolar World

Europe since 1945

End of Western Hegemony

  • Full texts here
    • 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".
  • Full texts elsewhere
    • Luxun Lu Hsun (1881-1936): Selected Stories of Lu Hsun, Translated by Yang Hsien-yi and Gladys Yang, full text of 20 stories. [At ibiblio]
      A leading May 4th Movement writer.
    • WEB Mao Zedong (1893-1976): Writings [Mao Zedong Archive/]
    • Mao Zedong (1893-1976): Quotations of Chairman Mao, full text. [At Artbin]

Social Movements

Post-World War II Religious Thought

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