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Links to texts in the History and Politics list with decent public-domain versions and notes about newly available translations (if any).

Plutarch, Lives
Plutarch’s Lives of Themistocles, Pericles, Aristides, Alcibiades, and Coriolanus, Demosthenes, and Cicero, Caesar and Antony: In the Translation Called Dryden’s
Plutarch’s Lives of Illustrious Men, Vol. I
Plutarch’s Lives: The Translation Called Dryden’s, Vol. III
Plutarch’s Lives: The Translation Called Dryden’s, Vol. IV
Lives. The translation called Dryden’s. Corrected from the Greek and rev. by A.H. Clough

Bede, The Ecclesiastical History
1903 Dent edition
PDF of the 1903 Temple Classics edition
1907 translation by A. M. Sellar at Project Gutenberg

Sir Thomas More, Utopia
Ralph Robynson’s 1551 translation, slightly modernized, with supplementary material

John Locke, The True End of Civil Government
At Project Gutenberg

David Hume, The History of England, Volume V
Index page to all six volumes

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
1913 Everyman translation by G. D. H. Cole
PDF of the Cole translation

Thomas Paine, Common Sense
1918 Eckler edition
At USHistory.org
PDF download

Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Hyperlinks to all chapters of all six volumes at Project Gutenberg
All six volumes divided into three sets at Christian Classics Ethereal Library (read online or register to download as PDFs)
Divided into twelve volumes by the Liberty Fund

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
At Bartleby.com
At the University of Virginia

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
1900 translation by Henry Reeve from The Colonial Press Volume 1 and Volume 2
Hyperlinked version of the Reeve translation at the University of Virginia
Four-volume bilingual annotated online translation by James T. Schleifer, sponsored by the Liberty Fund

Karl Marx and Friederick Engels, The Communist Manifesto
Read online or download the Moore translation

Jacob Burkhardt, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy, trans. S. G. C. Middlemore, 1878

W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
At Bartleby.com
At the University of Virginia
At Project Gutenberg

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
The Talcott Parsons translation
A hyperlinked version of Parsons

Lytton Strachey, Queen Victoria
The 1921 Goodchild edition
At Project Gutenberg

George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier
At the University of Adelaide
At Project Gutenberg

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