History: Modern World: Home

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This Research Guide is in support of library research in Modern World History.  Modern history can be defined as beginning with the Renaissance in 1450. Within this wide-ranging area of study, this guide is specifically in support of library research on world history relating to University of Saskatchewan programmes, but excluding the history of Canada and the United States of America, which is covered in the Research Guide titled History: North America.

Intended for use by undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and other researchers, this Research Guide is a gateway to the best University Library and open access sources for research in modern world history. Resources held in traditional print, as well as those accessible digitally through license or open access—including books, articles, reviews, images, videos, manuscript and archival collections, are featured within.

World Map By Philip Eckebrecht, 1630 -- Nova Orbis Terrarum Delineatio Singulari Ratione Accommodata/Meridiano Tabb. Rudolphi Astronomicarum.  This map was drawn by Nuremberg cartographer Philip Eckebrecht at the request of his friend Johannes Kepler, to be used with Kepler’s major work,Tabulae Rudolphinae, for the calculation of longitude.  The printing histories of the book and the map are complex: 1000 copies of the book were printed in Ulm in 1627, with three known states, and with some copies later containing the very rare world map featured here.  Further information on the map is found in The Mapping of the World: Early Printed World Maps 1472-1700 by Rodney W. Shirley (London: Holland Press, 1983), which is held in University Library at Murray Library. The first edition of the Tabulae Rudolphinae (Ulm: Jonas Saur, 1627), in Latin, is held in the University Library at Murray Library within the microform series Landmarks of Science I; an English  language 1675 edition is available electronically through the University Library’s access to Early English Books Online.

Note that library research resources in support of the history of classical and medieval periods are contained within the Research Guide titled Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Studies.  Also note that for many topics, and especially those that are interdisciplinary nature, researchers will want to consult the complete subject list of University Library Research Guides at http://libguides.usask.ca/