This page explains what the subject of international relations covers, gives an overview of the material the British Library holds for this subject, and advice on how you can find and use it. It also gives details of current activities for developing the collections for this subject.
International relations is concerned with:
- the role of governments, international organisations and other groupings in promoting security and ensuring good governance
- studies of the relationships between states, regional groupings, international and trans-national organisations
- studies of the role of international corporations and aid agencies on development
- studies of foreign policies; conflict and conflict resolution; and the use of 'soft' power e.g. cultural diplomacy.
Comprehensive holdings of UK-published popular and research-level publications. Particularly strong holdings of research-level books and journals published outside the UK, that relate to the UK relationship with its former colonies and administered territories. Collection strengths in this area also include North America, Latin America, and works in Hungarian and Slavonic languages.
The British Library receives all UK parliamentary and state papers, including those of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Department for International Development.
- Explore the British Library to find details of books, reports, journal titles, newspapers, maps and many more parts of the Library’s collections
- electronic resources for this subject that are available from our reading rooms
- resources available via Intute International Relations
- topical bibliographies on subjects such as responses to terrorism
Social Sciences Enquiry team
For more help on using the Social Sciences collections, contact the Enquiry team at Socialemail@example.com or telephone +44 (0)20 7412 7894 from 10.00 - 20.00 Mon- Thurs or 10.00 - 17.00 Friday.
British Library Content Strategy
We have refined our Content Strategy (i.e what we collect now and in future). Please see the content strategy pages on our website. These pages are organised by subject. Please remember that different aspects of a research theme may be described under more than one subject. A subject will also cover a variety of research themes, so even though your topic may not be specifically listed, it will likely be found under one of our headings.
If you have comments on the Library's content strategy, we would be pleased to hear from you.
Lead Content Specialist - International and Political Studies
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7676