This page is devoted to bibliographies and related sources, particularly websites and web-based projects.We would like to develop a British Empire and the First World War bibliography, and other regionally-themed bibliographies, such as the America-Australia-Pacific Islands bibliography, and the Middle East bibliography, that are attached below.

The British Empire website

This is the most widely used web resource relating to the British Empire, the brainchild of Stephen Luscombe. Whilst not exclusively devoted to the British Empire at war, there is much on the site that is relevant to this topic.

Imperial War Museum database

A very useful database derived from a project designed as ‘a scoping study of the available research’. The project was entitled ‘Whose Remembrance? Communities and the Experiences of the Peoples of Britain’s Former Empire during Two World Wars’. Of particular interest are the spreadsheets listing titles of books and literature.

Colonial Film Database

The Colonial Film Database was created as part of a major project involving the British Film Institute, the Imperial War Museum, the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and university academics. Many of the 350 films documented by the project’s researchers relate to the Boer War, the First and Second World Wars, and the post-war insurgencies. Visit the Database website and click on ‘Search Film by Topics’ and direct links to the war footage will appear.

British concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902)

A project led by Dr Iain Smith and Dr Elizabeth van Heyningen, with a database hosted by the University of Cape Town.

The Middle East and the Second World War bibliography

Second World War in the Middle East bibliography

This bibliography was compiled by Dr Simon Davis (City University of New York) for his Wiley-Blackwell chapter on the Middle East during the Second World War (2013).

America-Australia-Pacific Islands and the Second World War bibliography

Australia and Pacific bibliography

This bibliography was compiled by Dr Kelly Butler, with Rachel Jenzen and Kate Darian-Smith (University of Melbourne, 2010) for the website Over-Sexed, Over-Paid and Over Here? U.S. Marines in Wartime Melbourne 1943 (

Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals, and Belligerents during the First World War

A Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA)-funded project led by Dr Santanu Das (King’s College London) and involving other European universities and the Imperial War Museum. Website under construction.

The British Empire and the Second World War bibliography

This is a bibliography on the British Empire and the Second World War. It is dated (compiled in 2005) and is yet to be organized into regional sections. But it is a resource that we hope to develop as a ‘living document’. We would welcome as many additions as possible so please send in any titles of books, journal articles, dissertations, and novels that you are aware of!

Empire at War bibliography

Novels of the British Empire and the Second World War

Please send suggested titles to be added to the list of novels featuring aspects of the British Empire during the Second World War.

British Empire and the Second World War novels

 The Indian Ocean and the Second World War

A series of maps intended to visualize aspects of Ashley Jackson’s research on the Indian Ocean during the Second World War. Designed by Claire Benison, Mapping Designer, Graphic Services, Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom:

Indian ocean overview

British military commands

British naval air army bases

British land campaigns

British occupied territories

British sea overland routes

Enemy held

secret war