James H. Thomason Library

History 3470 Guide

Europe Since 1945: Risen from the Ruins                   

Background Information Sources


Germany, Berlin Wall Nov.10, 1989. Mark Power, photographer. 

ARTstor Image Database.

  Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
  Handbooks & Companions
  Reference Databases

Biographical Sources

  Writing Guides
Locating Books
  Search Tips
  PASCAL Delivers
  eBook Collections
  WorldCat & I.L.L.
Locating Articles
  Journal Article Databases
  Journal Finder
Web Resources
  Primary Source Readings
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Background Information Sources    
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries   back to top

The Blackwell Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Social Thought. William Outhwaite, Tom Bottomore, editors. Blackwell, 1993. Main Level, Reference: R 300.3 B568B

Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe: From the Congress of Vienna to the Fall of Communism. Richard Frucht, ed.  Garland Pub., 2000. 
Main Level, Reference:
 R 947.003 En19E

Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000. Peter N. Stearns, editor-in-chief   Scribner, c2001.   6 volumes.   Main Level, Reference: R 306.094 En19E  
v. 1. Methods and theoretical approaches -- The periods of social history -- Regions, nations, and peoples -- Europe and the world -- v. 2. Processes of social change -- Population and geography -- Cities and urbanization -- Rural life -- State and society -- v. 3. Social structure -- Social protest -- Deviance, crime, and social control -- Social problems and social reform -- v. 4. Gender -- The family and age groups -- Sexuality -- Body and mind -- Work -- v. 5. Culture and popular culture -- Modern recreation and leisure -- Religion -- Education and literacy -- Everyday life -- v. 6. Biographies -- Contributors -- Index

Encyclopedia of Russian History.  James R. Millar, editor.  Macmillan Reference, 2004.

Main Level, Reference:  R 947.003 En19E2  [4 vols]

An Encyclopedia of World History; Ancient, Medieval, and Modern, Chronologically Arranged. Compiled and edited by William L. Langer. Houghton Mifflin Pub., 1972. 5th ed., rev.  Main Level, Reference: R 909.002 L262E

The Hutchinson Dictionary of World History.  ABC-CLIO, c1993.  Main Level, Reference: 

R 903 H971H

Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People, and Culture, 1871-1990. Dieter K. Buse and Juergen C. Doerr, editors.  Garland Pub., 1998.

Main Level, Reference: R 943.08 M72M   [2 vols]

One Europe, Many Nations: A Historical Dictionary of European National Groups. James B. Minahan. Greenwood Press, 2000. 
Main Level, Reference: R 940.03 M664O 

Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present [CREDO Reference] Nicholas J. Cull, David Culbert, David Welch ABC-CLIO, c2003.

Twentieth-Century Britain: An Encyclopedia. F.M. Leventhal, editor. Garland Pub., 1995.

Main Level, Reference:  R 941.082 T918T

Handbooks, Companions, Chronologies   back to top

The Companion to British History [CREDO Reference].  Charles Arnold-Baker. Routledge Pub., 2001. 

The Oxford Companion to British History [Oxford Reference Online].  John Cannon, editor.  Oxford University Press, 2003.  

Chronology of European History, 15,000 BC to 1997.  John Powell, editor.  Salem Press, 1997.    Main Level, Reference: R 940.02 C468C [3 vols]

Reference Databases   back to top

Gale World History in Context [Gale]

Full-text database

providing a broad collection of

full-text periodicals, reference works,

primary documents, and

scholarly analysis.


Biographical Sources   back to top

Gale Biography in Context [Gale]
Contains 600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals. Includes biographical articles from reference books and periodicals as well as multimedia content.

Writing Guides   back to top

Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, The University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Main Level, Reference: R 808.027 C432C  (small bookcase behind Reference Desk)

Humanities: Documenting Sources
[Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2003.

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.


Locating Books   back to top

- Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              


  Thatcher, Margaret  [as AUTHOR]
  Thatcher, Margaret  [as SUBJECT]
  Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953 [as SUBJECT]
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to biology:


  Europe -- History  
  Europe -- History -- 20th century  
  Europe -- Social conditions -- 20th century  
  Europe -- Politics and government -- 20th century  
  European Union countries  
  Germany -- History -- 1945-1990  
  Great Britain -- History -- 20th century  
  France -- History -- 20th century  
  Spain -- History -- 1939-1975  
  Yugoslavia -- Politics and government -- 1992-  
  History, Modern -- 20th century  
  Political purges -- Soviet Union  


Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Add an asterisk * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:
europ* = europe, european, europeans, europa, etc.

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
Europe*AND history
  Germany AND reunification

Use OR between words to expand your search:
france OR french

When combining "AND" and "OR" terms,
group "OR" terms with parentheses:

stalin AND
purge* OR moscow trials)

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other library catalogs,
an journal databases

PASCAL Delivers back to top

PASCAL Catalog - If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive

at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.


eBook Collections    


Collection of

over 70,000 ebooks,

covering a variety

of disciplines.



EBSCO eBook Collection

Collection of

over 11,000 ebooks,

covering a variety

of disciplines. 

Over 8,000 of the titles

have beenpublished

since 2005.


WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan back to top

WorldCat – A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check link for instructions.

Locating Articles:    
Journal Article Databases   back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using keywords or phrases dealing with your topic.

Click here for search tips.

Academic One File [Thomson Gale]
Multidisciplinary articles from scholarly sources

Academic Search Premier [EBSCOhost]
Journal and magazine articles from all academic disciplines

Archive of journals including the Arts & Sciences, as well as Ecology and Botany Collection (most recent three years issues not available in this archive)

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Journal Finder   back to top
Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Library article databases are inter-connected by Journal Finder, which will lead you to the full-text of an article when available.




Web Sites   back to top
Primary & Secondary Source Readings   back to top

General Collections
EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History

Internet Modern History Sourceook: Eastern Europe Since 1945

German History in Documents and Images

Tragedy of Eastern Europe, 1945-1953
Primary Sources:
Matyas Rakosi, How we took over Hungary, 1952

The Advent of European Integration
Primary Sources:
George Marshall's Speech in June 1947

Letter from Jean Monnet to Robert Schuman, April 18, 1948
The Schuman Declaration, May 9, 1950
Letter from Jean Monnet to Robert Schuman, July 1, 1952

Rebellion in Eastern Europe,
Primary Sources
Bela Liptak, A Testament of Revolution, 1956 [Blackboard]
West Berlin Mayor's Appeal to U.S. President on August 13, 1961
Pravda condemns ‘Prague Spring' on 19 June 1968
Secondary Sources
Hitchcock, Chapter 7.

The Decade of de Gaulle
Primary Sources Charles de Gaulle's Speech at Constantine, Algeria, October 3, 1958
Charles de Gaulle, Europe and Its Role In World Affairs, July 23, 1964
Charles de Gaulle's "Non" to Britain's entry into the EEC, May 16, 1967

Southern Europe Emerges
Primary Sources
"Getting ready for EEC" from The Guardian, November 11, 1978
Address given by Jean François-Poncet on December 5, 1979
"The Accession of Spain and Portugal" from Le Monde, June 14, 1985

Solidarity: The Polish Rebellion
Primary Sources
Solidarity Union, The Twenty-One Demands, 1980

A Western Observer on East German Passive Resistance, 1982

Mrs. Thatcher's Revolution
Primary Sources
Letter from Margaret Thatcher to Gaston Thorn on August 5, 1982

Margaret Thatcher, Christianity and Wealth, 1988

The Soviet Union up to 1991
Primary Sources
Gorbachev's Explanation of Glasnost and Perestroika, 1986
Alain Peyrefitte, "Shattered Hopes" from Le Figaro, August 20, 1991

The Catastrophe in Yugoslavia
Primary Sources

Lord Owen's Speech at the Council of Europe on October 3, 1992
David Rohde, Serbia Held Responsible For Massacre, October 24, 1995
"SAS hero defies gag over massacre" from The Sunday Times, July 7, 2000


The European Union and Europe in the 1990s
Primary Sources
"The Council of Europe" from Le Monde, May 12, 1992
Francois Mitterand on the future of European Integration

The Treaty of the European Union, Maastricht Treaty, 7th February, 1992

Get Help   back to top
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