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Enhance your research of economic and financial history with over a hundred years of content from one of the world's most renowned business newspapers.
*Customers who purchased this archive after March 8th, 2018 have the archive from 1888–2016, and are eligible to purchase the years 2017–2021 to extend their existing archive. Customers who previously purchased the original archive covering 1888–2010 can purchase the years 2011–2016, and then will additionally have the option to purchase 2017–2021. Please note that the 2017–2021 module is only available as an add-on to institutions who have the archive through 2016 (either by way of adding the 2011–2016 module, or purchasing the full archive through 2016 after March 8, 2018), and neither the 2011–2016 nor the 2017–2021 modales are available as standalone purchases.
A complete online, fully searchable facsimile, the Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888-2021 delivers the complete run of the London edition of this internationally known daily paper, from its first issue through December 2021. Every article, advertisement, and market listing is included -- shown both individually and in the context of the full page and issue of the day. Each item has been subject- or topic-categorized for fast retrieval and review.
The paper began as a City of London news sheet and grew to become one of the best-known and most-respected newspapers in the world. Along the way, the Financial Times -- printed on its distinctive salmon-colored paper -- has chronicled the critical financial and economic events that shaped the world, from the late nineteenth and entire twentieth centuries to today. This historical archive is a comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased research tool for everyone studying the economic and business history and current affairs of the last approximately 130 years.
Initially focused on the global financial and economic issues that were to become the predominant forces of the twentieth century, the Financial Times expanded coverage in the postwar years, reporting on topics such as industry, energy, and international politics. In more recent decades, coverage of management, personal finance, and the arts has been added. Today, with more full-time foreign correspondents than any other European newspaper, a wider readership internationally than in the UK, worldwide circulation of nearly 500,000, and estimated global readership of more than 1.9 million people, the Financial Times is recognized as the complete newspaper for the world of business throughout the world [Source: FT Average Daily Global Audience (ADGA), May 2010].
The Financial Times Historical Archive includes:
- The most detailed foreign affairs coverage of any European daily newspaper
- The Lex column: a sharp and authoritative voice on corporate and financial matters
- All classified and display advertising
- Access to thousands of daily price/stock indexes and currency tables -- an invaluable source of historic daily financial data
- Includes the complete contents of FT Magazine and How to Spend It
- Cross-searchable with other Gale Primary Sources, including the products that contain the Times and the Economist -- creating a comprehensive historical resource
- Both Purchase and Subscription models are available
Objective, accurate and full coverage of:
- Companies: business, industry, and finance
- Global economics
- National and international politics
- Business education
- Personal finance
- Arts and leisure
- Special surveys
“Studying what happened in the past is a valuable tool for politicians, researchers, and people throughout finance and business as they try to make sense of what is happening and plan for future recovery. . . . This is where newspapers like the Financial Times can help. It has charted finance and business news around the world since its launch in 1888. Being a daily newspaper, it also provides context, such as who were the prime ministers and presidents at the time, as well as any conflicts, business scandals and political uncertainties.”
- Siân Harris, Research Information article
- Chinese Studies
- Japanese Studies
- South & Southeast Asian Studies
- Black Studies
- African Studies
- African-American Studies
- Business & Economics
- British Studies
- European Studies
- Humanities & Social Sciences
- Multicultural Studies
- Latina / Latin America / Caribbean Studies
- U.S. History
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Reviews & Testimonials
“We live in financial times, past, present and future — the Financial Times Historical Archive is the essential, definitive resource for knowledge and understanding of global history, business, finance and politics over the last 120 years.”
“Invaluable access to what for many years has been one of the world's most prestigious and authoritative newspapers.”