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Boasting more than five million records covering over 500 years of history, BOA's extensive digital archive offers unique insights into global events, trends, and themes.

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Licensed to access British Mercantile Trade Statistics, 1662–1809

1662   1808

Licensed to access Pandemics, Society, and Public Health, 1517–1925

1517   1925

Licensed to access Building a New Germany: Denazification and Political Re-education, 1944–1948

1944   1948

Licensed to access Censorship: Policy and Practice During the Second World War

1914   1959

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110 Years Since the First World War Began

Laura Wales
Published 28th July, 2024 5 min read

Esperanto Day

British Online Archives
Published 26th July, 2024 1 min read


Jonathan Kennedy
Published 24th July, 2024 18 min read

From the Archive: The Murder of Bishop Patteson

Alice Broome
Published 22nd July, 2024 11 min read

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British Online Archives (BOA) is one of the UK’s leading academic publishers and online repositories. 

Hosting over five million records, carefully sourced from private and public archives, such as The National Archives (UK) and British Library, BOA’s specially curated primary source collections cover over 500 years of world history. They boast extensive documentation from across the globe, providing invaluable source material for students and researchers working within a wide range of scholarly disciplines, including history, politics, sociology, and international relations. Our unique digital holdings offer insights into global historical events and trends, typically through a British lens. They serve to broaden our understanding of history, and help us to make sense of contemporary social, cultural, economic, and political landscapes.

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