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Trial access Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980 - University Library

17 October 2017

From now till the 30th of November 2017 Leiden University Library offers access to Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980.

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.  

Detailed information about the content of this digital collection is available on the publisher’s website: http://www.amdigital.co.uk/m-products/product/foreign-office-files-for-india-pakistan-and-afghanistan-1947-1980/detailed-information/

The Library kindly solicits your feedback on your experiences using this digital collection. This information is important for deciding on the acquisition of the collection after the trial ends. You can mail your comments to Patrick Gouw (p.gouw@library.leidenuniv.nl) or Marije Plomp (m.plomp@library.leidenuniv.nl).


Access is via: Catalogue Leiden University > tab Find databases > Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980 (TRIAL).

Students and staff at Leiden University have access outside the campus network by using their ULCN login data.

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