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Themes in Modern World History - Revolutions

Getting Started

Looking for ideas for a topic?
The Library has a large number of encyclopedias and companions with exhaustive and well-researched essays written by subject experts, which are helpful in defining and focusing a topic. All essays include bibliographies that will lead to further sources.

International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present
Explore all aspects of the history of resistance, protest and revolution over the past 500 years.

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
6 volumes, available online.
Learn more about the idea of revolution. This work includes a 25 pages long general introduction to Revolution, and a complementary essay on Reform.

Encyclopedia of European Social History
6 volumes, available online.
Covers all aspects of European social history. Look for the essays on Revolutions, the French Revolution, biographies of revolutionaries, social class, national histories, cultural history and the history of everyday life. Cross references link to related essays and detailed bibliographies point to recommended secondary sources.

Europe 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World
6 volumes, available online.
Covers revolutions and protest movements in Europe up to 1789. Look for the essays on The Age of Revolution, Popular Protests and Rebellions, English Civil War Radicalism, English Civil War and Interregnum and The American War of Independence.

Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire
5 volumes, available online.
Look for the essay on the French Revolution.

Encyclopedia of Russian History
4 volumes, available online.
Look for the essays on the October Revolution, the February Revolution, Bolshevism, individual revolutionaries, and more.

Dictionary of American History
10 volumes, available online.
Includes a 15 pages essay on the American Revolution.

Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History
7 volumes, available online.
Look for the essay on the American Revolution. Volume 1 covers colonial beginnings through revolution, 1500 to 1783.

Cambridge Histories Online
Volume 2, of the New Cambridge Modern History includes a chapter on the English Reformation, volume 8 deals with the American and French Revolutions, 1763-93, and volume 12 contains a chapter about the Russian Revolution. Volume 2, part 7 of the Cambridge History of Russia covers reform, war, and revolution.

Cambridge Companion to Puritanism

Cambridge Companion to the Writing of the English Revolution

Companion to the American Revolution

A Companion to the French Revolution

You can also consult the Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press in order to brainstorm for topics. The Library has the volumes on Russian History,  the Russian RevolutionPuritanism, and American History. Contact your librarian for further suggestions.

Critical Sources in Books

Falvey Library Catalog
Research your topic with keywords or use one of the subject searches below as a starting point. Use the catalog to look up citations from other sources.
Great Britain > History > Puritan Revolution, 1642-1660
Great Britain > History > Civil War, 1642-1649
United States > History > Revolution, 1775-1783
France > History > Revolution, 1789-1799
Soviet Union > History > Revolution, 1917-1921
Revolutions > Europe > History
Use additional keywords such as causes, economic, social, cultural, religion, women, peasantry, or clergy to further limit your results. Use one of the following terms if you are looking for primary sources: sources, documents, narratives, correspondence, diaries, speeches.

WorldCat (OCLC)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.
WorldCat Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loans are only available for books and journals which are not owned by Falvey. The E-ZBorrow service can be used for books which the library owns, but which are currently checked out. E-ZBorrow books are provided by a local library network and tend to arrive faster than interlibrary loans.

Critical Sources in Peer-reviewed Journals

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
Covers world history (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present.

America: History and Life (EBSCO)
Covers United States and Canadian history from prehistory to the present.

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Jutta Seibert is the subject librarian for History and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


 


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