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ICPR 274: History of the Middle East (HC)

ICPR 274: History of the Middle East: 18th C to the Present (Helfont) Fall 2017

Printed Primary Sources

Primary sources can take many different forms.  Letters, accounts and other kinds of documents written at the time of an event or era allow a nuanced and detailed understanding of historical issues.  Material below explains ways to locate primary sources in Tripod and Worldcat.  To find additional primary sources, historical studies in books and journal articles will often offer the best recommendations. Check footnotes and bibliographies for references to material written in the medieval period.

Finding Primary Sources 

Primary source translations that are in the Tricollege libraries will often be listed in Tripod under subject words combined with such terms as  "sources"  "early works to 1800"  "correspondence"  "interviews"  or  "personal narratives"    For example, the search middle east sources produces books including:

Online Primary Sources


Newspapers published during an historical era can serve as useful primary sources.  Papers published in different parts of the world can provide insight into national viewpoints and priorities.  The online newspapers below allow for searching by word, phrase, and date.

Image Sources



                       Mosque of Sultan Ahment I (interior, Istanbul)  (Wikimedia Commons)

Visual Resources