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ProQuest Offers Documents on British Policy Overseas

ProQuest ( has released the first online version of Documents on British Policy Overseas. Until now, this collection of primary source materials was only available through three different print series. Britain’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO; has partnered with ProQuest to make these materials available digitally through libraries. The collection offers access to the activities and thoughts of Britain’s diplomats and policymakers, from the buildup to World War I to the Cold War.

Documents on British Policy Overseas provides online searching of tens of thousands of U.K. government documents relating to Britain’s international relations, including foreign policy instructions, letters and memos, business reports, and more. These primary source materials have been selected by the official historians of the FCO and, in many cases, have been declassified at their request for inclusion in this series. Researchers can now use this resource to gain a more complete understanding of the tensions, motivations, politics, and relationships that shaped Europe and the world throughout the 20th century.

This easily searchable database is the online version of three print series: 

  • British Documents on the Origins of War, 1898–1914, which includes documents related to the Anglo-German tensions leading to World War I 
  • Documents on British Foreign Policy, 1918–1939, which addresses postwar settlement, rearmament, and growing tensions in Europe, Africa, and the Far East 
  • Documents on British Policy Overseas, which covers topics such as atomic energy, the Korean Conflict, and the Cold War

Documents on British Policy Overseas will be updated annually with newly selected materials on additional topics. It supports other ProQuest world politics and government resources, including the Digital National Security Archive, 20th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, PAIS International, and CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.

Source: ProQuest

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