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Spanning five centuries, and charting the rise and fall of empires around the world, Empire Online is a powerful digital resource, enabling undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers to explore colonial history, politics, culture and society.

From Columbus to debates on American Imperialism, Empire Online is driven by a panel of consultant editors from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA and has been designed specifically to encourage the use of primary sources in teaching.

Key features include:

  • Tens of thousands of pages of unique primary source material including maps, manuscripts, pamphlets, paintings, drawings, and rare books. 
  • Materials are grouped into thematic sections covering: Cultural Contacts, the Literature of Empire, the Visible Empire, Religion, Race, Class and Imperialism.
  • Essays by our consultant editors introducing the material and suggesting possible pathways for research and teaching.
  • Detailed indexing of metadata that enables the sources to be explored in a variety of ways (by period, by date, by person and subject).
  • Interactive chronology and data maps charting the histories and the spread of empires across the globe.
  • An extensive image gallery showcasing the people, places and events important to the history of empire studies.
  • Empire Online is cross-searchable with Global Commodities.