Tag Archives: Trial

Trial – East View Russian digital archives: Niva and Vestnik Evropy

We are trialling East View’s digital archives of two Russian periodicals – Niva and Vestnik Evropy – until 12 December 2021.

Niva was a popular journal of late 19th-century Russia.

Niva an illustrated weekly journal of literature, politics and modern life, was published from 1870 to 1918 in St. Petersburg, before being shut down by the Bolsheviks after the Russian revolution. The journal was widely read by an audience that extended from primary schoolteachers, rural parish priests, and the urban middle class to the gentry. It was especially popular among the middle class in the Russian provinces. Niva contained large coloured prints of art by famous Russian artists, works of famous Russian authors, as well as articles on science, politics and culture. It also had a special children’s section as well as a section on Russian classical writers: Gogol, Lermontov, Goncharov, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and many others. The Taylorian has only a few issues of Niva in our holdings (stored offsite).

The Vestnik Evropy digital archive, covering the years 1802-1830, complements our printed set of Vestnik Evropy (Viestnik Evropy) held at the Taylorian which starts in 1866 and continues up to the Revolution. The journal Vestnik Evropy is among the earliest and most influential literary and political journals of Russia. The founder of the journal was the writer and historian Nikolai Karamzin. We have a set of Vestnik Evropy (1866-1917) (in over 300 individual volumes) in the Taylorian Basement.

Please send any feedback on the trials to nick.hearn@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Trial – China and the Modern World: Records of the Maritime Customs Service of China, 1854–1949

We have trial access to China and the Modern World: Records of the Maritime Customs Service of China, 1854–1949 via Gale until 30 November 2021.

China and the Modern World: Records of the Maritime Customs Service of China, 1854–1949 provides an excellent primary source collection, mainly in English, for the study of China and its relations with the Imperial West in the late Qing and Republican periods. The records included in this collection– official correspondence, despatches, reports, memoranda, and private and confidential letters– constitute invaluable and often unique evidence of Chinese life, the economy and politics through the Taiping Rebellion, the Boxer Rebellion, the Revolution of 1911, the May 30 Movement, the two Sino-Japanese Wars, and the Chinese Civil War.

Please send any feedback to Mamtimyn.Sunuodula@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Trial – Heinrich Bullinger’s Original Publications Online (trial until 1 July 2021)

A trial of Heinrich Bullinger’s Original Publications Online is now active until 1 July 2021.

This collection contains a selection of the original works in Latin and German by the Protestant Reformer Heinrich Bullinger. In some cases translations of Bullinger’s works into Latin, French, German, English and Dutch have also been included because of their importance. This selection is of particular value for Reformation research.

Please send feedback to Hilla Wait.

Trial – Contemporary World Drama (trial until 1st July 2021)

Trial to Contemporary World Drama is now active until 1st July 2021.

This collection examines the richness and diversity of contemporary theatre and drama from a global context. Contemporary World Drama brings together new work from our existing playwright partners alongside work from up-and-coming playwrights from around the world, including recently produced world premieres, previously unpublished works, etc. from every continent.

Please send any feedback to Helen Scott (helen.scott@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

Trial – Black Drama, third edition (trial until 1st July 2021)

Trial to Black Drama, third edition is  now active until 1st July 2021.

Black Drama, now in its expanded third edition, contains the full text of more than 1,700 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 200 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard to find, or out of print. More than 40 percent of the collection consists of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, Willis Richardson, Amiri Baraka, Randolph Edmonds, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.

Please send any feedback to Helen Scott (helen.scott@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).