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Global History


World History in Primary Sources

This is a guide to topics in global history, focused on primary sources available at Boston College.

Broad Primary Source Collections

This page includes access points for collections that (try to) cover material from around the world. This can be a good starting point for exploring huge swaths of information. Visit our regional and country or topic specific guides for addition, targeted collections.  

What's on This Page

This page has a lot on it. You can use the following anchors (links down the page) to jump straight to a relevant box.

    Broad Digital Collections

    Broad Regional Collections with World Coverage

    Law & Gov. Docs


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    For additional help

    For additional recommendations, contact your subject liaison (Dr. Bee Lehman) at or schedule an appointment with them.