A spotlight on… history

October 27, 2016

History on Oxford Reference

History encompasses the academic study of the past of the human race, stretching back as far as the earliest written records. On Oxford Reference you can find over 143,000 concise definitions and in-depth, specialist encyclopedic entries that cover notable eras, events, and individuals that have shaped our history, as well as the historical methodology used to research them.

All the history content in Oxford Reference is written by trusted experts for researchers at every level, with entries complemented by illustrative line drawings and maps wherever useful.

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A Dictionary of World History

A Dictionary of World History (3rd edition)
Published online: July 2015

This wide-ranging dictionary contains a wealth of information on all aspects of history, from prehistory to the present day. Existing entries have been revised and updated to reflect the latest global events, and new entries have been included for key events and figures who have recently come to prominence.

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The Oxford Companion to British History

The Oxford Companion to British History (2nd edition)
Published online: October 2015

This Companion describes and analyses the people and events that have shaped and defined life in Britain over more than 2,000 years. New entries have been added on topics such as alternative vote, the financial crisis, Olympics in Britain, and the Scottish Independence Referendum.

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Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (2nd edition)
Published online: August 2016

From the big bang to the 21st century, this encyclopedia provides an integrated view of human and universal history. Over 100 new articles, and 1,200 illustrations, photos, and maps from the collections of the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library, the New York Public Library, and many more, have been added.

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A Dictionary of Contemporary World History

A Dictionary of Contemporary World History (4th edition)
Published online: September 2016

Covering the period from 1900 to the present day, this fully revised and updated new edition presents a global perspective on recent history, with a wide range of new entries from Tony Abbott, the European migration crisis, and ISIL, to Narendra Modi, Hassan Rouhani, and UKIP.

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Famous quotations about history

A sample of freely available quotations from Oxford Essential Quotations (4th edition)

Oxford Essential Quotations

'To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain forever a child.' — Cicero, 106–43 BC, Roman orator and statesman
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'The past is never dead. It's not even past.' — William Faulkner, 1897–1962, American novelist
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'The true art of memory is the art of attention.' — Samuel Johnson, 1709–84, English poet
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A history of the International Space Station [infographic]
by the Oxford Reference marketing team
February 2016

We've collected together a brief history of this incredible feat in human engineering, politics, and bravery.

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