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This August is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, and we must never forget the sacrifices of the servicemen and women who served in the People’s War.

World War I (1914-1919) engulfed Europe and was fought mostly by soldiers in trenches, with an estimated 10 million military deaths and another 20 million wounded.

Together, we can provide a deeper understanding of the war and life during this time via profoundly personal and diplomatic correspondence that offers a counterpoint to official histories and vital to research and teaching across disciplines.

Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War offers access to an unparalleled archival collection of 1,500 rare periodicals, written and illustrated by and for servicemen and women of every involved nation, published between 1914 and the end of 1919.

To create the largest digitized collection of trench journals available, ProQuest is working with world renowned archives including those of the Imperial War Museums and the British Library. Upon completion, ProQuest seeks to produce a resource of around 35,000 individual journal issues amounting to roughly 500,000 pages.

In addition to the Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War, researchers can trace the full history of the origins of WWI through the diplomatic correspondence of the time via Documents on British Policy Overseas. The complete series of British Documents on the Origins of the War features over 9,000 documents from British diplomats and policymakers back to 1898, covering topics such as the Balkan Wars and the European alliance system. The database also includes a volume of the collected and translated documents published by the European powers after the start of the war that were originally published as a British parliamentary paper (Cd. 7860) in 1915, ensuring searches across all relevant diplomatic documents from the July Crisis of 1914.

Explore world conflicts this month. Librarians: sign up for free trials of the Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War, Documents on British Policies Overseas, ProQuest Historical Newspapers™, and more.

07 Apr 2014

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