Electronic Text Resources (Central Eurasian Studies)

E-books
Digital Repositories
Dissertations and Theses
General Online Reference Works for Central Eurasian Studies
Central Asia and Caucasus
Asia Minor
Hungary
Tibet and Xinjiang
Mongolia and Siberia




E-BOOKS:


DIGITAL REPOSITORIES:


DISSERTATIONS AND THESES:


GENERAL ONLINE REFERENCE WORKS FOR CENTRAL EURASIAN STUDIES:


CENTRAL ASIA AND CAUCASUS:

  • Afghanistan and the U.S., 1945-1963: Records of the U.S. State Department Central Classified Files (collection of diplomatic documents, relating to internal and foreign affairs and consisting of thousands of pages arranged topically and chronologically) [IU log-in required]
  • Afghanistan Digital Library (digitized texts published in Afghanistan during the period 1871-1930)
  • Azerbaijan Historical Portal (electronic versions of books, documents, and other sources about the history of Azerbaijan)
  • History of Civilizations of Central Asia, volumes 1-6 (UNESCO)
  • Muslims in Russia (IU log-in; small collection of eleven Russian-language periodicals [most short-lived and published 1908-1918, but the collection also includes “Kaspii,” a Transcaucasian newspaper published 1881-1917] written by and about Muslims in the Russian empire; these publications published official orders related to the Muslim population, documents, resolutions, appeals made by Muslim congresses, the protocols of sessions of Muslim organizations, materials on the most urgent problems of the Muslim population, perspectives of foreigners regarding the Muslim press, book reviews, letters from Muslims, etc.)
  • New Literature of Kyrgyzstan (database of Soviet and post-Independence Kyrgyz literature in many genres; in Russian and Kyrgyz)
  • Preserving and Creating Access to Unique Afghan Records (University of Arizona Libraries and the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University are collaborating on a project to catalog, digitize, and create metadata for a unique collection of documents related to Afghanistan history, culture, and its development during the Jihad period, 1989 to 2006)
  • Russian Military Intelligence on Asia: Archive Series, 1651-1917 (consists of over 1,500 files containing historical-geographical, statistical, topographical, and ethnographical descriptions of countries and their individual regions, as well as materials on the domestic political and economic situation of states, their foreign policy and international relations, and the state of their armed forces and military skills. Usability notes: documents are accessible through the "Organization and Arrangement" sections of the archive; database is not searchable; IU log-in)
  • Russian Military Intelligence on Asia: Secret Prints, 1883-1914 (96-volume collection of articles, consisting of descriptions, reports, and treatises by Russian military and diplomatic staff, and also translations and summaries of works originally published outside Russia, issued by the general staff of the Russian army in order to support existing and potential Russian activities on the Asian continent; IU log-in)
  • Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique (includes descriptions, transcriptions of texts, and bibliographic information; goal of project is to collect all of the inscriptions in Arabic, Persian and Turkish [as well as in other "small" languages] from the Muslim world [issue no. 3 devoted to Central Asia] up to the year 1000 of the Hegira; requires free registration to access database)
  • Türkmen Edebiyaty = Turkmen Literature (a small website with Turkmen, Russian, and English components; developed by Gün Publishers)
  • Uysal-Walker Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative (ATON) [appears to be identical to the Carrie Eurasia Collection] (also contains historical, literary, and linguistic materials relating to Turkestan; Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University)
  • Zerkala (full-text database comprising published and unpublished texts on Russian colonialism in Central Asia and the Caucasus, ca. 1850-1914)

ASIA MINOR:


HUNGARY:

  • Hungarian Reformation Online (comprehensive survey of the original writings of the Hungarian reformers, including texts from the period of the first stirrings of reform in the 1540s through to works written for the established churches of the region during the 1650s)

TIBET AND XINJIANG:

  • International Dunhuang Project (IDP): The Silk Road Online (includes catalogues, translations, historical photographs, archaeological site plans, tens of thousands of images, and more, concerning the "Eastern Silk Road")
  • Old Tibetan Documents Online (OTDO) (critically edited corpus of selected 7th to 10th-century Tibetan texts with keyword searching)
  • Tibet Mirror (Tibetan: Yul phyogs so so'i gsar 'gyur me long; published in Kalimpong 1925-1963; made available online through the Tharchin Collection at Columbia University Libraries)

MONGOLIA AND SIBERIA:

  • Inner Asia Digital Archive (includes 36 texts in the collection "Selected Mongolian Laws and Regulations 1917-1940"; developed by the American Center for Mongolian Studies)
  • Oral History of Twentieth Century Mongolia: Memory, Narrative, and the State (detailed history of modern Mongolia based on over 600 interviews; the interviews are posted online [in Mongolian with English summaries])
  • Sibirica (digitized collection of nearly 600 titles [subdivided into over 12,000 documents] relating to Siberia and environs, including Central Eurasia; produced by the Center for Retrospective Digitization, Göttingen) (direct links to list of titles and list of documents)