The Wohl Library has a strong collection of printed primary source materials covering the history of the modern period dating from the late eighteenth century up until the current day. Supplementing these holdings are a selection of complementary aids to study such as reference works, guides and historiography. Particular strengths of the modern history collection include newspapers, directories, parliamentary records, and narrative accounts in the form of correspondence, diaries and reports.
The modern history collection at the Wohl library is eclectic and aggregates a wide selection of material from many of our other collections. Whilst a dominant section of our collection is of Western European provenance, the collection incorporates a large part of our Colonial Collections and explores themes of cultural exchange, global narratives and international affairs.
Various important modern historical events are also well represented in this collection, including the French, American and Russians Revolutions, the Spanish Civil War, the industrial revolution, colonialism, and transnational conflicts including the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War. The guide below offers an overview of some of the relevant items held by the Wohl library.