Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit Online

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Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit Online
The Encyclopedia of Modern Times Online, which is based on the printed edition Encyclopedia of Modern Times (JB Metzler Verlag Stuttgart, 2005-2012), offers over 4,000 key words a multi-faceted look at the significant age of the mid-15th to the mid 19th century.

The perspective is European. This does not mean that the view is locked to the rest of the world. On the contrary, the interaction of European and other cultures has been considered in detail.

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Coming Soon – Access to 4 New Microform Collections

The Center for Research Libraries will add the 4 new microform sets to its collections. Notre Dame will have access to these through interlibrary loan once they are purchased.

Argentinisches Tageblatt, 1914-1933. Bludeau Partners International, LLC

Argentinisches Tageblatt (AT) was founded in Buenos Aires in 1889 by a Swiss immigrant Johann Alemann and his son Moritz.  AT publication took a liberal/democratic position. It was firmly opposed to National Socialism in Germany, and consequently banned in Germany.

Deutsche La Plata Zeitung, 1900-1933. Bludeau Partners International, LLC

Hermann Tjarks started Deutsche La Plata Zeitung in Buenos Aires in 1880. It was a competitor of Argeninisches Tageblatt (AT), and its conservative monarchist leanings put it in political opposition to AT. The difference between the two papers increased in the 1920s, and Argentine National Socialist organizations recognized the value of Deutsche La Plata in their efforts to gain the support of Argentine Germans.

The loss of advertising revenue from Argentine Jews, combined with free advertising offered for Argentine National Socialist groups, ruined La Plata Zeitung financially by 1938. Support from Germany rescued it temporarily, but the sinking of an Argentine freighter by a German submarine led to violent attacks on the publisher, and in 1944 the Argentine government ordered Deutsche La Plata to cease publication.

Gubernskie Vedomosti, 1838-1918. Bludeau Partners International, LLC

Gubernskie Vedomosti began to be published since the late 1830s by the local gubernia governments of imperial Russia. The number of titles steadily grew from the initial 4 to over 80 by 1918 when the last Gubernskie Vedomosti was closed down. The frequency of publication varied from title to title and from year to year, but most of the titles were published multiple times a week. They had a largely uniform organizational structure combining government news and laws into the official section and mainly local affairs in the unofficial section. They came out with irregularly issued supplements usually featuring substantial reports, travelogues, or scholarly researches. Titles being acquired include: Kurskie gubernskie vedomosti, 1838-1918 and Kaliszskie gubernskie vedomosti, 1867-1914.

Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York (NARA T715). National Archive and Records Administration

The NARA microfilm provides immigration information recorded in the passenger arrival records between 1820 and 1957 for vessels arriving at the Port of New York between 1820 and 1957. The portion requested for CRL shared purchase covers the period from October 30, 1940-June 28, 1942.

The passenger list records were created by the U.S. Customs Service (Record Group 36), and the Immigration and Naturalization Service [INS] (Record Group 85). They include information such as: a person’s nationality/place of birth; ship name and date of entry to the United States, port of origin, profession, age, place of last residence, name and address of relatives they are joining in the U.S., amount of money they are carrying, etc.

Most existing digital versions of these records do not cover the 1940s, or support retrieval only on named individuals rather than providing full information on ship names and departure dates.

CFP: New Approaches to Postwar Empires in Africa

Call for Papers: 

New Approaches to Postwar Empires in Africa

April 10-11th, 2014

University of Wisconsin Madison African Studies Program 2014 Spring Symposium

Neil Kodesh, Director

Terrence Peterson, Conference Organizer


In recent years, scholars have begun to re-think the postwar era in Africa not as a direct and inevitable march towards decolonization, but as a period of transition with a range of ‘past futures’.  Renewed study of the period can reveal a range of efforts to re-imagine Empires for a changed postwar global context, yielding alternative visions of decolonization and the transition to independence.  Comparisons within and across European empires in Africa from all perspectives – European, African, international – can do crucial work towards reconstructing an important era of global political realignment.


This symposium aims to examine the nature of post-1945 European empires across the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. What structural changes to empire took place? How did metropolitan, colonial, and autochthonous actors attempt to re-imagine colonialism or the relationship between Africa and Europe, or Africa and the world more broadly? How was imperial citizenship rewritten, recast, or challenged?  What impact did new systems for the flow of information – mass media, Cold War networks, the ‘Americanization’ of aid and development projects, etc – have on the ideologies and practices (or counter-ideologies and counter-practices) of empire?  And what legacies did these efforts to reconfigure colonial rule in an era of ‘human rights’ leave for the postwar period?


Recent and in-progress scholarly works also highlight some very productive parallels or connections between the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in the postwar period. This symposium aims to draw the two geographic areas into the same analytic framework, to draw comparisons across the Sahara, and to reveal some broader conclusions about postwar European Empires and the process of decolonization.


The symposium, which will take place in Madison, Wisconsin, intends to engage the work of junior faculty and graduate students, and encourages the participation of established scholars to foster an intellectually productive discussion.  We are particularly interesting in drawing scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and geographic concentrations (African, European, and Middle East studies; history, literature, sociology, political science, etc.) to better understand the genealogies, experiences, and afterlives of the postwar colonial period.


Presenters will be provided lodging, and some funding may be available for travel.  Proposals of 300-500 words should be submitted through the event’s website by March 1st, 2014.  Participants will be notified of their selection by March 7th.  For this and for more information on the workshop, please visit our website at: http://africa.wisc.edu/empire/