Electronic Enlightenment — letters & lives online

. . . reconnecting the first global social network!

Electronic Enlightenment is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century — reconstructing one of the world's great historical “conversations”.

A subscription to EE will give you immediate access to 67,875 historical documents. Listen in on the first global social network as 8,331 historical figures discuss everything from religious tolerance to animal rights, vulcanology to classical archeology, economic modelling to celebrity culture.

NEW: Summer 2015 Miscellany

In our latest Miscellany, Dr. Robert McNamee selects some interesting letters connected to the University of Oxford. Take a look at Corresponding Oxonians: 1634-1833 to find out more and gain access to the sample letters.

Major EE update Winter 2014/2015

Digital Object Identifiers from CrossRef

All documents and biographies now have a registered DOI.

Electronic Enlightenment Correspondence

Now over 67,800 items of correspondence! Our latest update adds over 3,300 documents from six major collections centered on:

Electronic Enlightenment Biographical Dictionary

With over 500 additions and revisions our Biographical Dictionary now has over 8,300 entries!

For an overview of the update please read the latest News-sheet.

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