11 November 2013 Blogs

Humanities Matter: Real Knowledge, from Conflicts in History

Students in the humanities aim to understand human nature and the lives of human beings.

Students in the humanities aim to understand human nature and the lives of human beings. Wars and military conflicts reveal extremes of human exertion and emotion, and extremes of conflict among nations. Humanities researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including art, literature, and history, study the lives and decisions people make during wars and military conflicts in order to better understand the world.

November 11 marks the end of the fighting in World War I, and November 11 is commemorated as Veterans Day in the United States. Many other nations around the world also honor their veterans and remember the costs and sacrifices of war on November 11.

In commemoration of veterans globally, we invite you to explore the wide range of ProQuest databases that tell the story of wars and military conflicts from many different angles, from the view of the individual soldier, to civilians impacted by war, to the highest levels of military and political leadership.

--- Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War: Written and illustrated by and for servicemen and women, including works of soldier-poets, of every involved nation.  See the new graphic novel.

--- History Vault modules:

  • World War II: U.S. Documents on Planning, Operations, Intelligence Axis War Crimes, and Refugees (available for trials late November 2013)
  • Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975; Featuring Associated Press Saigon Bureau records

--- Digital National Security Archive (DNSA): The most comprehensive collection of significant primary documents central to U. S. foreign and military policy since 1945. Available late November, the new DNSA collection:  Mexico-United States Counternarcotics Policy, 1969-2013

 

--- House of Commons Parliamentary Papers: Fundamental for 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century studies, as well as current legislation, policy making, and the political environment

--- Documents on British Policies Overseas: The tensions, motivations, politics, and relationships that shaped Europe and the world throughout the 20th century.

ProQuest primary sources provide access to profoundly personal documents that promote a deeper understanding and offer a counterpoint to official histories that help to develop critical thinking.

With real knowledge of the past, we can influence history moving forward.