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Politics & International Relations - Recommended Sources

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ACD monitors armed conflicts worldwide, focusing on political, military and humanitarian trends. You will find historical background for each conflict, plus weekly timelines, monthly updates and statistics dating back to 1997.

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This archive contains analysis, research, debates and speeches from the Royal Institute of International Affairs from 1920-2008. Topics covered include the Spanish Civil War, the Cold War, energy security, nuclear disarmament, decolonisation etc. You can also listen to recordings of meetings and speeches as well as seeing the transcript in many cases.

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Read in-depth coverage about empires across the world from ancient to modern times. Entries include the Suez Crisis of 1956, the partition of Africa, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Dutch East Indies, propaganda and empire, decolonization in the French and British empires, postcolonialism and much more. 

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Key facts and statistics for every country in the world, plus very useful, background essays by country experts covering the contemporary history, politics and economics of each country. There are also background essays on international and regional organisations. The statistics are searchable and let you create comparative charts across countries.

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Search or browse one of the most detailed primary sources for the history of Britain and its former colonies. Reports from army officers serving abroad are included, as well as Command Papers, Bills, Committee reports. Hansard is available from 1803. (See UK Parliament link if you need more recent papers.)

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This gives a wide range of statistics on population, education, (un)employment, agriculture, industry, motor vehicles, railways, TV and radio etc. 

Data can be viewed as PDF (downloadable) or Excel format which can then be exported. When you use the search box beware - it is not just searching this source but the whole of Palgrave's e-books (which we have bought via Ebook Central where applicable). You can narrow down to this resource by using Advanced Search and selecting International Historical Statistics in the Book Collection box. Click the Reference Products button if you want to get back to the stats home page quickly.

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A UK Conservative free-market think tank, focusing on economic policy, the management of the welfare state and funding of public services.

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A global movement which campaigns to end grave abuses of human rights.

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This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 2007 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. Look out for all the useful documentaries.

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Conflict and Politics in Northern Ireland 1968 to the present.

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A brilliant collection of declassified documents covering the Cuban Missile Crisis and many other aspects of the Cold War. If you click Collections you will gain access to a wide range of documents from former communist countries, as well documents on nuclear history around the world and archives about the Berlin Wall, the Iran-Iraq War, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and much more.

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CFR is a non-partisan resource on US foreign and national security policy, providing expert analysis of international news which challenges both policymakers and citizens.

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A high quality alternative to Wikipedia – also containing dictionaries - which even shows you how to reference items found. Try out the 'mind map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work.

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An independent UK think-tank covering all areas of social and economic policy aiming to offer radical policy solutions.

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Detailed local and national election statistics from around the world.

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An independent body set up by the UK Parliament to regulate party and election finance and set standards for well-run elections.

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The best place to find a wide range of statistics from across all EU countries.

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A UK left of centre think tank exploring political ideas and policy reforms.

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Surveys of American public opinion. There is also a section which covers countries across the world.

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The first place to look for authoritative UK government information. The Inside Government section has links to all major departments such as the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, plus No. 10 and the Cabinet Office.

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An independent, non-profit, NGO committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.

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Created by UK experts to help UK university students use the best online resources for their assignments.

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Go to the Political Monitor and Political Polling sections for UK public opinion data relevant to Politics courses.

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A trustworthy guide to key websites on government and politics across the world compiled by experts at Keele University.  

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Go to the Resources section on this site to find Podcasts of presentations and discussions about the Middle East which have been hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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A useful place for locating official statistics from regional organisations as well as individual countries.

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The leading UK body promoting the study of politics. Membership is international and includes practitioners and policy-makers, as well as academics and students.

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Authoritative data going back to 1878 from the United States Census Bureau. For earlier years data is available via PDF or Zip files but more recent years have Excel spreadsheets available to download.

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Manifestos from 1945 onwards.

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Official statistics from the UK Government.

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Access the daily record of debates in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords right up to the present (the Weekly Information Bulletin, business papers, Committee publications and Register of Members’ Interests are also available). Includes Hansard.

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A wide range of statistics for countries across the world published by the United Nations.

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The aim of this Institute which was founded in 1985 is to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East and to promote the policies that secure them. The Policy Analysis section leads to detailed documents covering specific issues and countries.

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Produced annually since 1978, this is the World Bank’s major analytical publication. The report focuses on a different topic each year.

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Public opinion from over 350,000 volunteers from across the UK.

Most Politics and IR books are on the 1st Floor in the University Library, although the Modern History sections in the 900s on the 2nd Floor will be needed for some units e.g. the Middle East and Russia. Useful classmarks include:

citizenship
elections
globalization
human rights
ideologies
immigration
international relations
modern western & other noneastern philosophy
political history by country
political parties
political thought
public policy
systems of governments & states

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