The following is a list of interesting links to various websites pertaining to history. Feel free to browse around – who knows, you might just learn something!
Internet Medieval Sourcebook
The Internet History Sourcebooks are wonderful collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use by Paul Halsall. The site and its documents are well organized and the breadth of materials is impressive. The Internet Medieval Sourcebook is organized as three main index pages, with a number of supplementary documents. There is an index of selected and excerpted texts for teaching purposes, a help page on use of the Sourcebook for research questions, a section devoted to secondary articles, texts on the history of law, copy-permitted maps and images, a guide to medieval-themed films and music, and more.
Library of Congress
An outstanding and invaluable site for American history and general studies. Contains primary and secondary documents, exhibits, map collections, prints and photographs, sound recordings and motion pictures. The LOC’s American Memory Historical Collections, a must-see, contains the bulk of digitalized materials, but the Exhibitions Gallery is enticing and informative as well. The LOC also offers a Learning Page that provides activities, tools, ideas, and features for educators and students.
This impressive site from Steven Mintz at the University of Houston includes an up-to-date U.S. history textbook; annotated primary sources on United States, Mexican American, and Native American history, and slavery; and succinct essays on the history of ethnicity and immigration, film, private life, and science and technology. Visual histories of Lincoln’s America and America’s Reconstruction contain text by Eric Foner and Olivia Mahoney. The Doing History feature lets users reconstruct the past through the voices of children, gravestones, advertising, and other primary sources. Reference resources include classroom handouts, chronologies, encyclopedia articles, glossaries, and an audio-visual archive including speeches, book talks and e-lectures by historians, and historical maps, music, newspaper articles, and images. The site’s Ask the HyperHistorian feature allows users to pose questions to professional historians.
National Geographic: Maps and Geography
You can search for Maps in their MapMachine Online Atlas but National Geographic.com also provides interactive quizzes, games, expeditions and tours as well. Xpeditions Atlas offers teacher-tested lessons plans sorted by standard and grade level as well as interactive lessons and a virtual museum called Xpeditions Hall. You can also get print-friendly and black-and-white maps in Xpeditions. The online National Geographic Atlas of the World profiles 192 independent nations and in each entry you’ll find key geographic, demographic, and economic data as well as a brief overview. Students will benefit from the Homework Help section where they can research pictures, articles, maps, and more for reports, presentations, and more. The GeoBee Challenge is a game that features five new geography-based questions every day. Map Machine provides physical and political characteristics of countries and includes aerial views. You can view nearly any place on Earth by population, climate, and more.
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
The Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin offers more than 11,000 map images online out of the 250,000 maps in their printed collection. The maps are divided into two major categories — Online Maps of Current Interest and Online Maps of General Interest –and include political, topographic and thematic maps of the world, continents, regions, countries, states and provinces. The interesting “Online Maps of Current Interest” features maps from areas of the world that have been in the news in recent weeks. Among the Online Maps of General Interest is a section of Historical Maps of the Americas and maps from around the world. Most of the maps are in the public domain and can be copied. An impressive collection.
Historical Atlas of the 20th Century
An interesting and informative collection of information on the twentieth century. Atlas topics include General Trends in Living Conditions, Government, War, and Religion. Maps are often interactive, allowing you to zoom in on details. There are even essays, FAQ’s, and links
Encyclopedia of the Second World War
The Second World War is a Spartacus Educational website and enables one to research individual people and events of the war in detail. The sources are “hypertexted” so that the visitor can research the newspaper, organization, etc., that produced the source. There are several subsections including those on: Background to the War; Nazi Germany, Chronology of the War, Political Leaders, European Diplomacy, Major Offensives, British Military Leaders, USA Military Leaders, German Military Leaders, Japanese Military Leaders, The Armed Forces, The Air War, The Resistance, Scientists & Inventors, War at Sea, Resistance in Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, War Artists, Weapons and New Technology.
Library of Congress: American Memory – War, Military Collections
The Library of Congress provides a great source for primary source material for American military history. Items that can be found here include an electronic version of The Stars and Stripes, The American Soldiers’ Newspaper of World War I; extensive maps from both sides of the Civil war; and Ansel Adams photographs of Japanese-American interment camps. Like other Library of Congress resources, this is website is a great destination for those seeking primary source materials about American military periods. Clicking on the Browse button at the top of the page provides an easy way to navigate though the different resources.