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European History

Biographies

Consult biographical dictionaries to get brief information about people, dates and events. 

Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie
REF CT1053. A5 1967
"Biographies of prominent Germans from the earliest period to the end of the 19th century".
 
Biography Index
REF Z5301.B61 (1946-2011)

Dictionnaire de Biographie Francaise
REF CT143.D57
Multi-volume dictionary of national biography.
 
The Imperial Dictionary of Universal Biography: a Series of Original Memoirs of Distinguished Men, of All Ages and All Nations
CT103.I3
14 volume set that looks at figures prior to World War I.
 
New Century Cyclopedia of Names
REF PE1625.N14 1954
Contains entries "for more than 10,000 proper names" including persons, places, and historical events. Entries vary in length from a few lines to half a page.
 
A definitive resource for British and Commonwealth biography. 
 
Rulers and Governments of the World
REF D11.5.R67 1977
Three-volume set, lists the important rulers of "territories, ecclesiastical sees, dynasties and hordes".
Contents:
v.1: Earliest times to 1491
v.2: 1492 to 1929
v.3: 1930 to 1975

DNB

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century.

The Dictionary offers concise, up-to-date biographies written by named, specialist authors and is updated annually three times.