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New Chinese Resource: Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1948

Yale University Library recently acquired additional three series (1919-1929, 1930-1937, 1938-1948) of Foreign Office Files for China. The resource has been added to the Library’s Orbis online catalog, Summon database list, and Chinese Studies subject guide.

Foreign Office Files for China is the most comprehensive set of British Foreign Office/Foreign and Commonwealth Office documents on China available in digital and print forms. The three new parts from 1919-1948 provide formerly restricted British government documents, consisting of diplomatic dispatches, letters, maps, reports of court cases, biographies of leading personalities, summaries of events and diverse other materials covering one of the most turbulent periods of modern Chinese history.

The collection of Foreign Office Files for China spans the period 1919 to 1980:

1919-1929: Kuomintang (The Nationalist Party), Chinese Communist Party and the Third International
1930-1937: The Long March, civil war in China and the Manchurian Crisis
1938-1948: Open Door, Japanese war and the seeds of Communist victory (forthcoming)
1949-1956: The Communist revolution
1957-1966: The Great Leap Forward
1967-1980: The Cultural Revolution

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the database. You are also welcome to schedule an individual session to learn more about any Chinese online resources.