Bibliography of British and Irish History

The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) is the most extensive guide available to published writing on British and Irish history. It covers the history of British and Irish relations with the rest of the world, including the British empire and the Commonwealth, as well as British and Irish domestic history. Updated three times a year, BBIH includes over 594,000 records including not only books, but also articles in journals and articles within collective volumes.

The Bibliography provides a unique perspective on British and Irish history building on bibliographical work that began in the early 1900s.

BBIH is the result of a partnership between the Institute of Historical Research, the Royal Historical Society and Brepols Publishers.The Bibliography is a subscription service, although contributions from the IHR and RHS keep subscription rates as low as possible.

How to access

BBIH is widely available via university and research libraries in the UK, Ireland and overseas.

If you are in a subscribing institution or have your own username and password, you can search directly below
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BBIH and World History

BBIH covers writing on British and Irish history worldwide, including colonial America and India.

Contact the Editors

Simon and Sara compile data and coordinate a team of academic editors specialising in particular periods of history. Get in touch with us if you'd like to offer additions/corrections or have any other comments about the Bibliography.