The World Wars: firepower and fascism at home and abroad

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The World Wars: Firepower & fascism at home & abroad Trial Series

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The World Wars comprises 11 unique primary source collections, including materials as diverse as official government reports, periodical literature, and soldiers’ diaries. The featured collections touch upon all the major political, diplomatic, and military upheavals of the early twentieth century, not just in the West, but in Asia, too. Naturally, the first and second world wars are covered extensively, as is their aftermath. Unlike more traditional resources, this series encompasses many different subjects, from strategy and intelligence to the Holocaust and international law. It also explores the relationship between allies, as well as enemies.  

This series therefore provides scholars with a detailed overview of one of the most important periods in modern history, allowing them to focus on minutiae or much broader trends.  

Dates Covered



  • Bodleian Library
  • Cumbria Archive Service
  • Hull University Archives and others
  • Imperial War Museum
  • National Army Museum
  • The National Archives
  • The National Archives (UK); The British Library
  • University of Warwick. Modern Records Centre


Military Intelligence Files: Land, Sea & Air, 1938-1974

Second World War and Cold War intelligence reports from the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force
Part of British Online Archives' wide-ranging World Wars series, the... explore collection...

Life under Nazi rule, reports by anti-fascists in occupied Europe, 1933-1945

Anti-fascist publications of the International Transport Workers' Federation, 1933-1945
This collection contains two newsletters (‘Germany Under the Swastika’ and... explore collection...

Conscientious Objection during World War 1

War resisters in Britain, 1914-1918
During World War One, Conscientious Objectors united to oppose the... explore collection...

Asia at war, World War 2 as described by USPG missionaries, 1914-1946

War Material in the USPG Archives, 1914-1946
The United Society Partners in Gospel (USPG) is a UK-based... explore collection...

The British Union of Fascists: Newspapers and Secret Files, 1933-1951

Fascism, national socialism, and anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom
Part of British Online Archives' Politics and Protest series, the resources... explore collection...

Military tactics discussed in letters to and from military leaders, 1881-1935

Spenser Wilkinson papers, 1881-1935
The collected papers and correspondence of the military historian and... explore collection...

World War 1 and the Spanish Civil War: as reported by an Ambassador, 1863-1939

Papers of Sir Esme Howard, 1863-1939
Esmé Howard (1863-1939) is widely regarded as one of the... explore collection...

Secrecy, Sabotage, and Aiding the Resistance: How Anglo-American Cooperation Shaped World War II

US-UK diplomacy, intelligence sharing, and sabotage operations in enemy territory, 1939-1954
When the British and American security services went to war... explore collection...

British officers' diaries from World War 1, 1914-1919

War diaries from the Imperial War Museum : the Great War
The First World War involved soldiers of different ranks as... explore collection...

Prosecuting the Holocaust: British Investigations into Nazi Crimes

Testimony of and interviews with victims and alleged perpetrators
During the Second World War, the Nazi state was responsible... explore collection...

Paris Peace Conference and Beyond, 1919-1939

Peace making and the aftermath of the First World War
The Paris Peace Conference was a meeting of Allied diplomats... explore collection...
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