The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) is a record of over 627,000 books, articles and essays relating to the British and Irish past, worldwide. The Bibliography is updated three times each year with curated records of the recent publications. The February 2021 update is now out, adding detailed records for 4670 new titles, the great majority of which are for recent works published between 2019 and 2021.


The latest update to the Bibliography of British and Irish History adds records of 4670 new publications. The new content includes books, articles, book chapters and edited collections covering all walks of British and Irish history, and the British world, from the 1st to the 21st century.

The February 2021 update brings the total number of BBIH records to 627,613. Of these, 3168 records provide detailed information and links to titles published in 2020 with a further 6837 records for 2019 publications. New records for over 13,000 titles have been added to the Bibliography in the last several updates, alongside links to over 5000 online book reviews.

From the February update: 499 new records relate to recent publications in Irish history, while 215 deal with the history of London, 284 with the history of Scotland and 98 with recent histories of Wales. There are 648 new records for ‘Imperial and Commonwealth’, of which 94 records refer to histories of the American colonies.

Along with the addition of over 4600 titles BBIH has also added a number of new subjects terms including, Prosthetics, Animal diseases, the Scottish East India Company, as well as the Haitian Revolution and the British colonial rebellions Eureka Rebellion, Paika Rebellion (1817), and the Maroon wars. The Haitian revolution includes British diplomatic relations with the new regime as well as the influence both at the time of the revolution and in the 1930s British Caribbean.


Search results for the term ‘prosthetics’. Records marked red are among those added in the latest February 2021 update.


As February is LGBT+ History Month, we’ve also identified nearly 500 titles in the Bibliography that chart recent historical research on homosexuality and transgender and transsexual people. The free listing records books, journal articles and book chapters in this field, published between 2010 and 2020 – providing an insight into research trends and development in this field. Thank you to the Bibliography’s publisher, Brepols, for making this selection available.


Selected titles from the 500 works included in the Bibliography’s review of recent research for this year’s LGBT+ History Month.


We’re also very aware of the continuing challenges facing university students and teachers. Therefore we’ve developed a page of online tutorials — all embeddable in a VLE — that helps you get the most from the Bibliography of British and Irish History, including the basics for searching and how to use your results as well as a behind-the-scenes guide to how the BBIH is compiled. Short video guides are designed for new undergraduates, for those planning and researching a final year dissertation, and MA and PhD students for whom BBIH is essential for writing a literature review and studying secondary fields of interest.





About the Bibliography of British and Irish History



The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) is the largest and most comprehensive guide available to what’s been written about British and Irish history, from the early 1900s to 2021.

It’s an essential resource for research and teaching, providing up-to-date information (and links) on nearly 628,000 History books, articles, chapters, edited collections and theses. New records are added in three annual updates. These records are searchable by a wide range of facets including: title, author, chronology, date and form of publication, historical topic and geographical region.

The Bibliography is a research project of the UK’s Institute of Historical Research and the Royal Historical Society, and is published by Brepols. BBIH is a subscription service and is available remotely via university and research libraries worldwide.