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Primary sources

Mark Kishlansky, "How to Read a Document"

Samuel Adams, The Rights of the Colonists (1772)
Amistad Library documents
Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico (1519)
Francis Bacon, “Of Plantations,” Essays (1601)
Christopher Columbus, Selections from Journal (1492)
Hernan Cortes, Second Letter to Charles V (1520)
The Declaration of Independence (Locke/Jefferson)
Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen (1789)
Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavas Vassa the African
full text
/ Chap 2 / Chap 5
about Equiano
Alexander Falconbridge, Account of the slave trade (1788)
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Journal of a voyage from England to Philadelphia (1726)
George III, Royal Proclamation (1763)
James Grant, Letter to the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations (1764)
Richard Hakluyt, Discourse of Western Planting (1584)
Thomas Hariot, A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (1588)
John A. Hobson, Imperialism (1902)
Thomas Jefferson, Summary View of the Rights of British America (1774)
Bartoleme de Las Casas, Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies (1542)
full text / excerpt
V. I. Lenin, Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism (1916)
The NATO Treaty (1949)
George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant (1936)
Thomas Paine, Preface to the first edition of the Rights of Man (1791-92)
Joseph Schumpeter, The Sociology of Imperialism (1918)

Parliamentary documents
Act of Union (1707)
Quebec Act (1774)
Act of Union (1800)
The Durham Report (1838)

Irish document sets
Conquest and plantation
17th-century Ireland
The Glorious Revolution
Penal Laws
1798 and union

Home Rule
Punch cartoons (from The Raced Celt: 1840-1890)
      Three Irish Affections (1880)
      That Tyrant Bull At It Again (1881)
      Two Forces (1881)
      Times Waxworks (1881)
      Irish Frankenstein (1882)
      The Irish Vampire (1885)
Proclamation of the Irish Republic (1916)
Yeats poetry


Eighteenth-century Europe document sets

Secondary sources

AHR Forum on "Revolutions in the Americas" 105,1 (February 2000)
Hilary McD. Beckles, "A 'riotous and unruly lot': Irish indentured servants and freemen in the English West Indies, 1644-1713," William and Mary Quarterly 47, 4 (Oct 1990): 503-523.
Andrew Boyd, "The Orange Order, 1795-1995" History Today 45, 9 (Sept. 1995)
T. H. Breen, "An Empire of Goods: The Anglicization of Colonial America, 1690-1776," Journal of British Studies 25 (1986): 467-99.
T. H. Breen, "Baubles of Britain: The American and Consumer Revolutions of the Eighteenth Century," Past and Present 119 (May 1988): 73-104.
T. H. Breen, “Ideology and nationalism on the eve of the American Revolution” Journal of American History 84, 1 (1997): 13-39.
Nicholas Canny, “The Ideology of English Colonization: From Ireland to America," William and Mary Quarterly 30, 4 (1973):575-598.
Judith Carney, “Rice Milling, Gender and Slave Labour in Colonial South Carolina,” Past and Present 153 (November 1996): 108-135.
Peter Coclanis, "Drang nach Osten: Bernard Bailyn, the World-Island, and the Idea of Atlantic History," Journal of World History 13, 1 (Spring 2002): 169-182.
David Cressy, "Letters Home: Old and New England in the Seventeenth Century," History Today 37, 10 (Oct 1987): 37-41.
W. J. Eccles, “The Fur Trade and Eighteenth-Century Imperialism,” William and Mary Quarterly (1983): 341-62.
Sylvia Frey and Betty Wood, Introduction and Chap 1 “The Americas: the survival of African Religions,” Come Shouting to Zion: African American Protestantism in the American South and British Caribbean to 1830 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998): xi-xiv, 35-62.
David Hancock, “The British Atlantic World: Co-ordination, Complexity, and the Emergence of an Atlantic Market Economy, 1651-1815” Itinerario 2 (1999).
David Hancock, “Commerce and conversation in the eighteenth-century Atlantic: the invention of Madeira wine,” Journal of International History 29, 2 (Autumn 1998): 197-220.
Edmund Morgan, “The Labour Problem at Jamestown, 1607-18,” American Historical Review 76, 3 (Jun 1971): 595-611.
Jacob Price, "What did merchants do?  Reflections on British overseas trade, 1660-1790," The Journal of Economic History 49, 2 (June 1989): 267-284.
James Walvin, “A taste of empire, 1600-1800,” History Today 47, 1 (January 1997): 11-17.