Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

Pre-1800 American Views on Great Britain

August 26, 2015

Embedded in the Evans Early American Imprint Collection, a database of almost 5,000 items, will be found hundreds of references to American reaction against Great Britain. For instance, inter alia, read No standing army in the British colonies; or An address to the inhabitants of the colony of New-York. Against unlawful standing armies (1773); Considerations on the propriety of imposing taxes in the British colonies, for the purpose of raising a revenue, by act of Parliament (1765);  and American independence the interest and glory of Great Britain; containing arguments which prove, that not only in taxation, but in trade, manufactures, and government, the colonies are entitled to an entire independency on the British legislature….(1776).

(U.S.) Naval Studies Board

August 11, 2015

“The mission of the Naval Studies Board (NSB), created in 1974 at the request of the Chief of Naval Operations, is to be a source of independent, long-range, scientific and technical planning advice for the Naval Forces.” (about)  Its publications are here and cover a wide variety of topics, from climate change to hydroengineering. Its predecessor agency, the Office of Naval Research, has many of its documents readily available online. The difference between these two agencies is that the NSB’s board is comprised of non-military members (although some are retired Navy personnel) and operates under the umbrella of the National Research Council while the ONR resides within the military hierarchy.

Transactions of the Royal Historical Society

June 8, 2015

Volumes from 1873-1922 of this important research journal are available online; a useful title even if the volumes are listed a little bit out of sequence. Indexes for these early volumes are available: TRHS First (Old) Series (1877-1882) ;TRHS Second (New) Series (1884-1906); TRHS Third Series (1907 – 1917); TRHS Fourth Series (1918 – 1950). Among the articles to be found: survivors of the Armada in Ireland, commercial treaties between France and England, a biography of Admiral Strachan, the imperial policy of Elizabeth I, and a discourse on the Hanseatic League. These are all papers read at the annual meeting of The Society so they give an indication of the state of historical research in Britain at the time. Very instructive.