Europe, 1789-1871: War, Protest, and Revolution

Course #: Hi202

Background information (beyond Wikipedia)



Finding Books (secondary and primary sources)

Books on European history are located on the 5th floor of the Waterloo campus library. The history of each country or region is organized geographically, and it is easy to browse the call numbers, e.g, D299-400: History, General, 1789-1870. DC139-249: History, France, 1789-1815.

A keyword search in Primo is the broadest type of search when looking for books. Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic or try some of the following keywords for inspiration. The search results will display both print and electronic books. Some subject keywords that might be helpful:

  • French history 19th century
  • Europe history 1789-1815
  • Europe history military
  • Imperialism history

The library also collects print primary sources that can be found in Primo by adding subject keywords such as sources, personal narratives, pictorial works, etc., e.g,

Finding Articles (secondary sources)

  • Historical Abstracts - most comprehensive source of academic articles for history
    • Limit search to English
    • Get it @ Laurier should link to full text in databases such as​
    • NOTE: depending on your topic, older journal articles could also be considered as primary sources
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature - most comprehensive source for music articles
    • Limit search to English and to Scholarly

News Sources

Illustrated London News
Back to 1842. Full text of the newspaper (pdf full pages)
New York Times
Back to 1850. Full text of the newspaper (pdf full pages)
Times Digital Archives
London Times. Back to 1785. Full text of the newspaper (pdf full pages)

Online Primary Sources

Many library and archival organizations have digitized their collections. The contents of their sites are not usually findable via a Google search. Here are some examples (please let me know if you find any other sites of suitable primary sources, and I will add them here):

Archives Portal Europe
This site gathers together records from participating European Archival collections. You can limit to items with digital objects. Results usually lead to the home archival collection, where you can continue searching.
Defining Gender
Includes full-text manuscripts, printed works and illustrations, 1450-1910.
Eighteenth Century Journals
Full text journals on a range of topics.
Primary Historical Documents From Western Europe. Mainly primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries (and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social and cultural history)
European History Primary Sources
Another portal, which in turn leads to more portals and archival sites. Sites can be browsed according to language, i.e, English
Explore millions of items from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings (more information). Items can be downloaded and/or embedded; notice use restrictions. (recent incorporation is Europhoto)
The digital library of the Bibliothèque Nationale of France and its partners (theoretically included in Europeana)
German History in Documents and Images (GHDI)
A comprehensive collection of primary source materials documenting Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present. It comprises original German texts, all of which are accompanied by new English translations, and a wide range of visual imagery
Getty Images
Over 50 million images from the Getty stock images. Search an event and include a year

Citing your Sources