Origins of Modern Science and Technology
Global Perspectives from the CIA Archives

Quick Facts

  • Five digital resources support learning and research across STEM and humanities disciplines
  • Comprised of unique primary source documents from around the world
  • Chronicles the history of today’s most important scientific and technological fields

Overview

Support learning and research across STEM and humanities disciplines with this new family of fully searchable digital collections. Each collection is comprised of thousands of primary source documents from around the world, collected and translated into English by the Central Intelligence Agency between 1957 and 1995. Researchers will find journal articles, government publications, newspapers, magazines, and transcribed television and radio broadcasts that shed new light on the origins of some of today’s most relevant scientific fields. Many of these materials are unavailable elsewhere.

Each collection is available individually, giving libraries the opportunity to tailor their research collections to the current needs of students and scholars. In addition, the interface enables researchers to easily browse the collections by a broad range of topics, each providing highly relevant results for users at all levels.

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Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives [is] a new family of digital resources for teaching and research in popular topics in academic libraries. Each of these collections offers new insight for teaching and scholarship in 20th-century geopolitics for a variety of disciplines. The five collections from the Archives of the Central Intelligence Agency are comprised of primary source documents from around the world, including government publications, magazines, newspapers, and transcribed television and radio broadcasts, all collected and translated by the Central Intelligence Agency between 1941 and 1996.”
— Reference 2017, supplement to Library Journal (Nov. 1, 2016)

Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives is the collective title for five new Readex full-text databases of primary source materials derived from communications media and government documents produced outside North America. Collections feature topical selections drawn from the Central Intelligence Agency's Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1941–1996 or its Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957–1995.

Apartheid: Global Perspectives 1946–1996…focuses on South African racial policy with numerous references to treatment of subordinated peoples elsewhere. Media sources covered are primarily from South Africa, the Soviet Union, or China, with occasional coverage elsewhere.…American Race Relations: Global Perspectives, 1941–1996…features African American and other US minorities' experiences during and following World War II as recorded by foreign governments and the media. Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees: Global Perspectives, 1941–1996…focuses on persons displaced or otherwise impacted by conflict (e.g., Vietnamese, Palestinian, or Salvadoran peoples, among others) ….The Cold War: Global Perspectives on East-West Tensions, 1945–1991…includes primary sources that document the pervasive fear (or favor) regarding communism and related ideologies as these sentiments were brought to bear on international alliances, wars and conflicts, economic relationships, technological competition and exchange, and the worldwide demonstration of support for (or opposition to) emerging post-colonial nations. The final collection, Middle East and North Africa: Global Perspectives, 1958–1994 … covers reporting from within and outside the relevant countries of that part of the world where commentary on politics, the economy, social relations, and ethnicity often appears inseparable from religious practice for much of the population….Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates through researchers/faculty; professionals/practitioners.”
—K. Cleland-Sipfle, Southern Oregon University in Choice (Nov. 2016)

 

 

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