The library now offers permanent access to the Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980
Trial access to the Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980 has been changed into permanent access
Sourced from the British Foreign Office files at The National Archives, the UK government's official archive, this primary source collection focuses on the political and social history of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The database comprises the following three sections:
- Independence, Partition and the Nehru Era, 1947-1964
- South Asian Conflicts and Independence for Bangladesh, 1965-1971
- Afghanistan and the Cold War, Emergency Rule in India, and the Resumption of Civilian Rule in Pakistan, 1972-1980
Foreign Office Files contains a variety of material including diplomatic dispatches, inward and outward telegrams, newspaper cuttings and transcripts, maps, photographs, political and economic reports, accounts of visits and tours, minutes of meetings, conference proceedings, letters, leaflets and other ephemera. It presents material on Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Kashmir, as well as other frontier regions. The threat posed by China and the Soviet Union is analyzed in detail. Other files look at the impact on UK, US and European trade, industrial policy, education and the media.
Access is via: Catalogue Leiden University > tab Find databases > Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980.
Students and staff at Leiden University have access outside the campus network by using their ULCN login data.