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British Speeches, 1870-1914, and German Speeches, 1871-1912 (ICPSR 5902)

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This textual data collection contains computer-readable texts of speeches in the British Parliament and in the German Reichstag in the period 1870-1914 and 1871-1921, respectively, to enable content analysis. Also included are two British equivalence files. The first equivalence file, British Speech Full Equivalence Deck, includes (a) geographic equivalences, (b) General Inquirer political dictionary, and (c) words from the British text equivalence under either (a) or (b). The second equivalence file, British Speech Equivalence Deck, Geographic Only, is a shortened version of the first equivalence file with about one hundred keywords in three dimensions: geographic, affect, and strength. A computer analysis program called DICTION is available for use with these texts.

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DS1:  Text of British Parliamentary Speeches in Reply, 1870-1914 - Download All Files (1.4 MB)
DS2:  British Speech Full Equivalence Deck - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
DS3:  Text of German Reichstag Speeches From the Throne, 1817-1912 - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
DS4:  British Speech Equivalence Deck, Geographic Only - Download All Files (0.3 MB)

Study Description


North, Robert, Richard Lagerstrom, and William Mitchell. British Speeches, 1870-1914, and German Speeches, 1871-1912. ICPSR05902-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 197?. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05902.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   British Parliament, German Reichstag, nineteenth century, political speeches, twentieth century

Geographic Coverage:   Germany, Global, Great Britain

Time Period:  

  • 1870--1914
  • 1871--1912

Universe:   Speeches in the British Parliament and in the German Reichstag in the period 1870-1914 and 1871-1921, respectively.

Data Types:   text

Data Collection Notes:

Data from this collection are supplied as ASCII text in the same format as received by the Consortium and with their original documentation.


Data Source:

(1) British Parliamentary Papers, 1870-1914, and (2) German Reichstag Papers, 1871-1921


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