Asian History Collections

The strengths of our Asian collection are in Colonial History especially British India. Other works include European presence in nineteenth century China and Japan. 


As our geographical coverage is Western Europe and its colonial history, the focus of our Asia collection is within this remit. To reflect this further the Asia collection is being gradually moved into the Colonial collection. Less and less material will be found under the classmark A but all the more under CLC. 

The collection is strongest for material relating to the early history of the British Empire in India. There is related material in other collections, for example on emigration of people from Asia to other parts of the world. There is also wider material on the subject of global history, International Relations and Military history

The adjacent School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) library holds material on Asian history more generally.