1509 - 1782, 18th century
Subscription Type
  • Great Britain government, International relations with Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Turkey
Resource Types
E-Books and E-Texts
The State Papers Online collection provides access to the British State Papers, the papers of the Secretary of State from Henry VIII’s accession in 1509 to 1782. The wide range of documents concern internal English/British affairs and administration of the country, and foreign affairs, marriage alliances, treaties and wars. It includes the original letters written by Henry VIII and subsequent monarchs, ministers, officials and clerks, together with those sent from European rulers and their officials, and the people of Britain of all social levels. It contains information on all facets of English government, including social and economic affairs, law and order, religious policy, crown possessions and intelligence gathering as well as Britain's international relations and foreign policy. Access to the collections is primarily by browsing each sub-collection or part. Access currently includes the following: Part I: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Domestic; Part II: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Foreign, Scotland, Borders, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council; Part III: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic; and Part IV, The Stuarts and Commondwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Foreign, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council. The collection was further expanded to include multiple subcollections listed as State Papers Online, Eighteenth Century 1714-1782, including Part 1: State Papers Domestic, Military, Naval and Registers of the Privy Council; Park 2: State Papers Foreign, Low Countries and Europe; Part 3: State Papers Foreign, Western Europe; and Part 4: State Papers Foreign, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Turkey. Key themes covered by the collection are the establishment of the British Empire as a dominant Colonial power, the development of agriculture and industrialization, and European Enlightenment. (Not updated)