Further Resources

Readers interested in Wellington will find further valuable material using the links assembled here.

The Wellington Papers: this provides details of the collection of correspondence and other papers relating to Wellington’s public career held at the University of Southampton, including a detailed calendar of his letters for part of 1807-08 and all of 1819-32:  http://www.southampton.ac.uk/archives/cataloguedatabases

The Napoleon Series: an extraordinarily rich online resource about the whole era with an emphasis on military topics: http://www.napoleon-series.org  especially its lively and well informed discussion forum: http://www.napoleon-series.org/cgi-bin/forum  and the Peninsula Roll Call compiled by Lionel S. Challis, which gives the brief service record of every British officer who served in the Peninsular War: http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/biographies/GreatBritain/Challis/c_ChallisIntro.html

The Wellington Museum at Apsley House, London: Wellington’s home in London from 1819, where many of paintings and other artefacts relating to his life and career can be seen:  http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/apsley-house/

Stratfield Saye: Wellington’s country house in Hampshire, still owned by the family and full of relics and memorabilia: http://www.stratfield-saye.co.uk

National Army Museum: in London, which has galleries relating to the Napoleonic Wars and Siborne’s famous model of Waterloo on display, as well as a fine collection of manuscripts and artworks for the serious researcher: http://www.nam.ac.uk

Seringapatam 1799: a website devoted to the 1799 war against Mysore, including much interesting material: http://www.library.mq.edu.au/digital/seringapatam/index.html

Peninsular War 200: a website devoted to marking the bicentennial of the Peninsular War including articles about the war and some excellent photographs of the battlefields: http://www.peninsularwar200.org

Waterloo 200: a similar website devoted to the bicentennial of Waterloo in 2015: http://www.waterloo200.org

The International Napoleonic Society: a privately funded organization devoted to Napoleon and his era:  http://www.napoleonicsociety.com

The Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850: the major American annual academic conference on the period, whose papers are published: http://www.revolutionaryera.org

 

Online research tools:

Google Books:  huge numbers of previously extremely rare books published in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which could once only be found in specialist academic libraries, are now freely available to search and download:  http://books.google.com.au/advanced_book_search

Internet Archive: a very useful alternative to Google Books:  http://archive.org/details/texts

Hansard: the full text of all the published Parliamentary Debates is available free, and searchable online at: http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/index.html

History of Parliament: the full text of the published volumes of The History of Parliament: modern, scholarly biographies of every MP concentrating on their role as members of the Commons (even if, like Wellington, they were most famous in other fields, and played their greatest role in British politics as a peer).  Also entries on every constituency and excellent introductory surveys to each period:  http://www.histparl.ac.uk

The London Gazette: appointments and other official announcements were made in the London Gazette, making it a very useful resource in tracing the career of army officers and others.  The full text is now available to search and read at:  http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/

British Museum Online Collection: this site includes descriptions and often images of the political caricatures and cartoons that were prolific in this period, including Dorothy George’s immensely knowledgeable explanation of the precise political context for each illustration.  It also includes many other works of art and objects related to Wellington’s life and times:  http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/search.aspx

National Register of Archives Personal Names Index: this site identifies significant collections of manuscripts relating to individuals, and is very useful for research students and serious scholars planning their research: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra/searches/simpleSearch.asp?subjectType=P

Copac: the Combined Open Public Access Catalogue of leading research and academic libraries in the UK, which is most useful for tracing obscure books and pamphlets: http://copac.ac.uk

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: this is available online, but only through libraries, including most local libraries in the UK who have subscribed, usually in such a way that library users can access the entries from home: http://www.oxforddnb.com

The Times Digital Archive: this provides the full content of every issue of The Times but needs to be accessed through a library that subscribes to it: http://gale.cengage.co.uk/times.aspx/

Nineteenth-Century British Newspapers: this gives the full text of a wide variety of other nineteenth-century British newspapers, and again needs to be accessed through a major library (this is not only available to students and academics: some state or national libraries have subscriptions that cover anyone who lives in their state or country): http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/news/newspdigproj/database/

Bibliography of British and Irish History: a useful resource that includes scholarly articles and dissertations as well as books.  It can be accessed through participating libraries: http://www.history.ac.uk/projects/bbih

UMI Dissertation Express: a way of searching for and purchasing unpublished dissertations: http://disexpress.umi.com/dxweb

Books by Yale University Press: 

An Atlas of the Peninsular War  – Ian Robertson

ISBN: 9780300148695,

More Info: http://yalebooks.co.uk/display.asp?K=9780300148695&nat=false&sort=%24rank&sf1=keyword&st1=ATLAS+OF+THE+PENINSULAR+WAR&m=1&dc=1

Napoleon and the British – Stuart Semmel

ISBN 9780300090017

More Info: http://yalebooks.co.uk/display.asp?K=9780300090017&nat=false&sort=%24rank&sf1=keyword&st1=NAPOLEON+AND+THE+BRITISH&m=1&dc=12

Wellington’s Wars: The Making of a Military Genius – Huw Davies

ISBN: 9780300164176

More Info: http://yalebooks.co.uk/display.asp?K=9780300164176&sf1=KEYWORD&st1=Davies&nat=True&stem=True&m=2&dc=3000

Fighting Napoleon: Guerrillas, Bandits and Adventures in Spain 1808-1814 – Charles J. Esdaile

ISBN: 9780300101126

More Information: http://yalebooks.co.uk/results.asp?NAT=false&sort=%24rank&SF1=keyword&ST1=FIGHTING+NAPOLEON#sthash.YyWsvh5E.dpuf