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    British Pathé

    Key Facts About This Resource

    Fields Crime and Punishment, Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Environmental, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Medicine, Military, Political, Race, Religion, Science
    Geographic Focus United States, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Great Britain and Ireland, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
    Chronology 1800s, 1900s
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    This is one of the most important newsreel archives in Britain, if not in the world. It contains over 85,000 films spanning the years 1896-1976. These are of immense social and cultural importance, and they are made freely available through the website listed above and on a dedicated YouTube channel. This collection includes footage from around the world of major events, science and culture, celebrities, and fashion trends. 

    This material is invaluable for researchers and teachers alike. This provides an intimate glimpse into the British Empire through film. It also provides important cultural, political, and social insight into global events from a unique British perspective. 

    What to Know:

    • You can view the films in their entirety either through the website mentioned above or their dedicated YouTube channel
    • The search feature works really well. I particularly like to browse by theme option. 
    • The breadth of material here is quite astounding. It really is a massively important resource. 

    About Jonathan

    I am currently an Adjunct Professor of History at Lynchburg College in Virginia. I received my PhD in Modern British History from Florida State University in 2016. My research explores the way in which competing definitions of masculinity influenced army reform in the mid-nineteenth century. Civilians called for moral reforms; however, they were constantly hampered by politician and military officials' financial concerns. This work offers a number of interventions in the current historiography by exploring issues of corporal punishment, soldiers' sexuality, military suicide, and soldiers' families. 

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