Documents of Social Revolution

The Modern Records Center at the University of Warwick (in the UK) was founded in 1973 with the goal of preserving primary sources (ie, original texts and other material) for modern British social, political and economic history. A number of influential organisations and individuals have housed their archives at the Centre, including key British labour organisations, the left-wing publisher Victor Gollancz, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and Amnesty International.

The main archives of the Modern Records Centre are housed at the University of Warwick, but they have made a great deal of the material in their collections available online. Among the material made available online are items from the Centre’s large collection of documents and other material relating to the protest movements of the 1960s (primarily in Europe) [see here]. Among the many interesting items available here are a confidential British government report on the events of May 1968 in Paris.

The online material is organised in “modules” intended to aid in their use in university courses – though the groupings are just as useful for anyone pursuing studies on their own.  The Centre also has useful information on using primary sources in papers and research projects.


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