Over 90 years of independent thinking on international affairs revealed in new online archive from Gale

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources, and Chatham House, the world-leading centre for policy research on international affairs, have announced today a ground-breaking partnership to digitise Chatham House’s archive with more than 90 years of research and analysis on international affairs.

The Chatham House Online Archive: publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs from 1920 will be a searchable research database comprising approximately half a million pages of research, expert analysis and commentary in the form of briefing papers, special reports, pamphlets, conference papers, monographs, the journal International Affairs and the magazine The World Today. It will also contain transcripts and audio recordings of Chatham House meetings to provide a valuable insight into the thoughts of key figures in international affairs such as Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Willy Brandt, King Hussein of Jordan, François Mitterrand, and Henry Kissinger.
The Chatham House Online Archive will cover the changing world dynamics through the 20th century, including the rise and fall of ideologies and dictatorships; post-war reconstruction; the end of colonialism; the development of communism and the Cold War; the integration of Europe; the changing nature of trade; and the effects  of globalisation.  
The archive will bring international affairs to the desktops of researchers and students of international relations, politics and law, diplomacy, security and terrorism studies, economics, environment, war and peace studies and 20th century history, as well as to government ministries, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and corporations. As part of the same agreement, Chatham House members will also have access to the archive.

The initial response from the market shows that this type of material will fill a gap in primary sources available for teaching and research, particularly for the Cold War and later period. Cengage Learning will work to ensure that The Chatham House Online Archive reflects the needs of researchers.

“I think this will indeed be a valuable resource”, says Professor Mervyn Frost, Professor of International Relations, Head of Department, War Studies, King's College London. “Chatham House has been the forge in which much international policy has been tried out by policymakers. Future generations of historians will find much of use in the records there”.

Julia de Mowbray, Publisher, Cengage Learning EMEA, comments: “There is an increasing demand for 20th century materials and primary sources. The Chatham House Online Archive meets this need extremely well given the interdisciplinary nature of its work and archive. It will serve a wider market than our current digital archives with both a global reach and interest beyond our core higher education market”.

Keith Burnet, Director of Communications and Online Publishing, Chatham House, says: “Chatham House is delighted to partner with Cengage Learning to bring our archive to new online and global audiences. This agreement will give researchers and those with an interest in international affairs a unique insight into world affairs in the 20th century.”  

The Chatham House Online Archive: publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs from 1920 is in development with the first module expected to be available in Spring 2013. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit gale.cengage.co.uk

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About Chatham House
Based in St James’s Square, London, Chatham House’s mission is to be a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world for all. Chatham House pursues this mission by drawing on its membership to promote open as well as confidential debates about significant developments in international affairs, by producing independent and rigorous analysis of global, regional and country-specific challenges, and by offering new ideas to decision-makers and -shapers on how these could best be tackled. Chatham House was named the No 1 think tank outside the United States for the past four consecutive years by the Global "Go-To Think Tanks" survey.

About Cengage Learning and Gale
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