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  • 2 million pages
  • Cross-searchable with other collections on the Nineteenth Century Collections Online platform.


TIME PERIOD: 1790-1949


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Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange features a range of primary source collections related to international relations between Asian countries and the West during the 19th century. These invaluable documents – many never before available – include government reports, diplomatic correspondence, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more, offering a detailed look at the inner workings of international relations.

Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange includes:

  • British Foreign Office: Japan Correspondence, 1856-1905
  • Dispatches from U.S. Consuls in Osaka and Hiogo (Kobe), Japan, 1868-1906
  • Dispatches from U.S. Consuls in Seoul, Korea, 1886-1906
  • Chinese Missionary Gleaner (1853-1859)
  • History of the Philippine Insurrection Against the United States, 1899-1903, and Documents Relating to the War Department Project for Publishing of History, 1899-1903
  • Missionary Files: Methodist, Episcopal Church Missionary Correspondence, 1846-1912 (China, Japan, Korea)
  • Notes from the Korean Legation in the United States to the Department of State, 1883-1906
  • Philippine Insurgent Records, 1896-1901, with Associated Records of the U.S. War Department, 1900-1906, 1896-1906
  • And much more

Nineteenth Century Collections Online is the most ambitious scholarly digitization and publication program ever undertaken, providing full-text, fully searchable content from a wide range of primary sources. Selected with the guidance of an international team of expert advisors, these primary sources are invaluable for a wide range of academic disciplines and areas of study, providing never before possible research opportunities for one of the most studied historical periods.  


Significance: This unmatched resource allows scholars to explore in great detail the history of British and U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy; Asian political, economic, and social affairs; the Philippine Insurrection; the Opium Wars; the Boxer Rebellion; missionary activity in Asia; and many other topics. Asia and the West also includes personal letters and diaries, offering first-hand accounts and revealing the human side of international politics, as well as nautical charts, maps, shipping ledgers, company records, and expedition and survey reports for more than a century of world history.

Structure: Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange is available on Gale’s cutting-edge research platform. This state-of-the-art platform was developed using our flexible Agile approach,  incorporating user testing and feedback throughout the process to ensure that we are providing the features that scholars require — such as detailed subject indexing and metadata, textual analysis tools, personalized user accounts, and more — for research in the digital age.

Source: Documents were sourced from The National Archives, Kew, The National Archives, United States, and other international collections.


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