East View Archive Editions

Documentary resources on political, territorial, and ethnic issues

East View Archive Editions™ (formerly Cambridge Archive Editions) is an extensive portfolio of primary source document collections covering a variety of historical events spanning the 18th-20th centuries. First established in 1979 in the United Kingdom, Archive Editions began by publishing its collections in multi-volume print form and later, through a collaboration between East View and Cambridge University Press, as e-book collections encompassing some 1,200 volumes presenting selected primary source documents.

Now in its latest form, East View Archive Editions presents all 100+ legacy series as e-books, as well as an ever-expanding portfolio of new collections that will be available as databases on a new and dedicated platform.

Looking for print editions? Print volumes are available through East View Press. Learn more

New Archive Editions Database Collections

Presented on the new East View Archive Editions platform, documents in these collections are richly tagged and dynamically discoverable.

Egypt and the Rise of Nationalism: 1840–1927

Presents original documentary sources chronicling the development of Egyptian nationalist sensibility during the periods of Ottoman, French, and British rule: from first protests, to sporadic violence, to lobbying, to organized political parties and, ultimately, to Egyptian independence.

South China Sea Island Disputes: 1877–1988

Presents original documentary sources chronicling the history of international claims, commercial, maritime, and diplomatic disputes concerning the territory, various islands, and resources of the South China Sea. Focuses on three island groups—Spratly Islands, Paracel Islands, and Scarborough Reef—from European colonial claims to armed clashes between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and People’s Republic of China in late 20th century.

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The Chinese Soviet Republic: Prototype for a Revolution

Exceptionally rare sources documenting the Chinese Soviet Republic, Mao’s first attempt at establishing a communist state in China (1931­–1934), including day-to-day operations of the state and sponsorship from the USSR.

Tribes of the North-West Frontier: British Records, 1836–1960

Presents documentary evidence of British interests in the North-West Frontier of the British Indian Empire, as this was understood in the mid-nineteenth century. This collection brings together a wide range of official British documents spanning the period 1836–1960, including telegrams, letters, and memoranda, and more.

Archive Editions E-Book Collections

The Archive Editions e-book collections feature a wide range of the most important documents from the British Government records, creating a true survey of an historical period, political movement, or a country’s development. Content includes over 1,200 volumes with nearly 700,000 pages of primary sources and over 750 maps.

The e-book collections are organized by region:

East and Southeast Asia – 10 titles, 92 volumes
Covering the geographic areas of Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan and, under the title Straits Settlements, Penang, Singapore, Malacca and Labuan. These titles deliver insight with historic political and economic reports and a sound basis for research of East and South-East Asia. Learn more

Near and Middle East – 121 titles, 966 volumes
Britain has a rich history with Middle Eastern countries via its East India Company trade routes up through the Persian Gulf. The British archives have particularly deep veins of material on boundary formation, tribal relations, state development and political relations. Learn more

North America – 1 title, 9 volumes
“America and Great Britain: Diplomatic Relations 1775-1815” is the first Archive Editions collection covering North America. It is also the first full color collection. Learn more

Slavic, Balkan and Caucasus – 11 titles, 56 volumes
Featuring a number of maps, this collection covers political and ethnic boundary issues in Albania, Kosovo, Armenia, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Greece. This valuable historical collection also covers the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and oil resources in Russia and the Caucasus. Learn more

Digitized and available as e-books, these valuable materials are now exponentially more discoverable and useful to scholars. The Archive Editions e-book platform features:

  • Intuitive web-based platform delivers basic and advanced search options to simplify research
  • Historical maps that are rich in detail, with page zoom
  • Collection, Topics and Sets filters quickly narrow results for more refined searching
  • Thumbnail images, page zoom and highlighted text search results
  • Create favorite lists, download, print or share via email for future reference and review
  • Search all Preface and Table of Contents with full text search available for selected titles

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