History

Ancient History | Medieval and Middle Ages | United States | Latin America and Mexico | Europe and Russia | Middle East | Asia and Oceania | Africa | World War I | World War II | Associations and Organizations

History Article Databases

Ancient History

  • Collapse: Why do Civilizations Fall?
    A site that explores the decline of four ancient civilizations: the Maya, the early civilization of Mesopotamia, Chaco Canyon (the Anasazi of the Southwestern United States), and the Mali and Songhai of western Africa. The methods used by archeologists to understand why these particular civilizations collapsed are also presented. Links to related Internet resources and citations of print sources are available. Another Annenberg Learner Online site.

Medieval and Middle Ages

  • Internet Medieval Sourcebook
    A huge collection of full and excerpted texts in translation. These primary source documents have been collected and organized to be of use in the classroom.
  • Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies
    For medieval scholarship and research. From early music FAQs and The Digital Beowulf Project to classical literature in old Norse, there's a enormous array of links at this searchable site.
  • NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources
    Over 1,450 Web sites on the Middle Ages are categorized by subject (archaeology, architecture, art, Arthuriana, civilizations, culture, drama, history, literature, music, people, philosophy, religion, science and technology, and women). The Research Center links to archives and libraries, articles and papers, associations, organizations and societies, bibliographies, and conferences and seminars. Other points of interest are top medieval sites, news, and a hypertext glossary. Searchable by keyword or phrase.
  • Middle Ages
    Portrays every day life in Medieval times and contains sections on feudal life, religion, homes, clothing, health, arts & entertainment, and town life. Each section has an essay with links to related sites. Several also offer an interactive quiz or activity. From Annenberg/CPB Projects Learner Online site.

United States

  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    Leads to Presidential Libraries for George Bush, Jimmy Carter, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gerald R. Ford, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry S. Truman; Genealogy information; Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) information (including frequently requested records in the Electronic Reading Room); and more.
  • The American Civil War
    This site provides links to detailed information on the web about various aspects of the American Civil War. Topics include: army life, art, battles, diaries and letters, Lincoln, slavery, and much more.
  • AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History
    This virtual library links to primary historical documents portraying the spectrum of American history. The 15th through the 21st centuries are covered via representative documents. Special focuses are supplied on the Civil War, Reconstruction and the Progressive Period, First World War, Interwar Period, Second World War, Cold War, Foreign Relations documents of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations, and Vietnam. Over 400 documents are accessible here.
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
    This website provides free access to information about historical newspapers published since 1690 and digitized pages from selected newspapers, dating 1836-1922.
  • National Museum of the American Indian
    NMAI has one of the most extensive collections of Native arts and artifacts, as well as photographic, manuscript, and media collections, covering all culture areas of the Americas.
  • Veterans History Project
    This is an oral-history program established by the Library of Congress's American Folklife Center dedicated to collecting and preserving "firsthand interviews of America's wartime veterans".

Latin America and Mexico

  • Latin American Network Information Center
    This extensive and well-organized virtual library provides links on the following topics as they relate to Latin America: economics, education, government, humanities, Internet & computing, recreation, media, society & culture and much more.
  • Political Database of the Americas
    The database provides documentary and statistical political information on Latin America, including constitutions, electoral laws, legislative and executive branch information, and election data." Data are available country by country. The Latin American Political Database is the joint project between Georgetown University's Resource Unit on Democratic Governability at the Center for Latin American Studies, the Unit for the Promotion of Democracy of the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL). The Database is sponsored by the Tinker Foundation, the Organization for American States, the Canadian Foundation for the Americas, and Georgetown University.

Europe and Russia

  • EuroDocs
    Descriptive directory of links to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents. Selected transcriptions, facsimiles and translations. Ordered by country and chronologically within each. Also sections on Medieval and Renaissance Europe and Europe as a "Supernational" region.
  • The History Guide
    A guide to the study of European history "from ancient Sumer to the fall of Soviet-style communism in 1989." A Student's Guide to the Study of History discusses why it's studied, choosing a topic, reading, researching and writing about it, and more. Syllabi and related resources are available.
  • European Integration History Index
    "European Integration is here understood as the process of political, economic and cultural integration and co-operation between various European countries in the 20th century - mainly in the period after 1945. The development of the European communities after 1950 receives particular attention." A searchable or browsable collection of sites about the history of Europe, in all languages. Listings are annotated. A Virtual Library site from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Middle East

  • LookLex Encyclopaedia
    This website offers 3 main channels:; reference material organized into an encyclopaedia, traveler's guides to the North African countries and a basic language course in Arabic.
  • History in the News: Middle East history, society, and culture resources
    A collection of briefly annotated resources about the Middle East. Browsable by topics that include history, religion, culture, economics, politics, maps, news, and media. Also available by country. Developed by the Department of History, State University of New York at Albany.
  • Middle East Research and Information Project
    MERIP is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides news and analysis about the contemporary Middle East. Its Web site offers many complete articles (since 1996) from MERIP's quarterly magazine, Middle East Report. Additionally, this site includes links to other related Web sites which focus on news and information, human rights, and activism in the Middle East . There is also a collection of sites about Jerusalem. The site also provides special background reports about issues like the U.S. - Iraq crisis. An excellent source of independent, current and varied information.
  • Middle East Studies Internet Resources
    Resources on this Web site include bibliographies; links to online catalogs of libraries with substantial Middle East holdings; resources by subject (water, food, literature, etc.); resources by region or country; free electronic journals and newspapers; maps, images, graphics; and much more. Site has a search engine with advanced features.

Asia and Oceania

  • Harappa - Glimpses of South Asia before 1947
    Old photographs, rare film footage, and text from before independence in India and Pakistan. Includes information on Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the story of the ancient Indus Valley. Harappa was a city in the Indus Valley civilization that flourished around 2,500 B.C.
  • History of China
    Searchable, with a timeline. Based on the U.S. Army Area Handbook on China (1994), with a lot of added content.
  • Tiananmen Square, 1989: The Declassified History
    Useful collection of documents providing a U.S. perspective of the events surrounding the Chinese government's use of heavily armed military forces against student demonstrators at Tiananmen Square in 1989. From George Washington University's National Security Archive.
  • Australian Literature on the Internet
    Done by the National Library of Australia, this guide contains links to "Major Sites, Reference Library, Organisations & Associations, Australian Publishing, Online Journals, Australian Studies Centres Overseas, and a section on Australian literature Resources at Australian Universities".
  • Documenting a Democracy: Australia's Story
    This site presents Australia's history through an archive of its historical documents. The photos of the original documents can be searched by place, theme, time, or image. Each document is accompanied by a physical description, background history and a note on its significance.

Africa

  • AfricaBib.org
    Home to the African Women's Bibliographic Database, DISA: Digital Imaging Project of South Africa, the Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature Database and African Studies Abstracts Online. An excellent resource!
  • The Story of Africa
    "Tells the history of the continent from an African perspective, from the origins of humankind to the end of South African Apartheid." There are 14 sections covering each period in African history, as well as the people, their religions, and contact with the rest of the world. "Each section has on average six chapters, as well as a timeline, reading list and a list of external links." There are many pictures and over 40 sound recordings. Online edition of the radio series from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service.
  • Index on Africa
    "Index on Africa is a gateway to information on Africa on the Internet, with over 2,000 links sorted by country, subject and news. It includes Africa Update, with daily news briefings from African news sources. The Index has been created by The Norwegian Council for Africa (NCA), as a part of NCA's efforts to raise awareness about Africa and African affairs...with financial support from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs." The site is searchable and provides access to several Africa specific search engines and OneWorld, a partnership of over 200 organizations.
  • African Studies: The World-Wide Web Virtual Library
    "Columbia University's collection of African Studies Internet Resources is an on-going compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on Africa available on the global Internet, created under the purview of the African Studies Department of Columbia University Libraries. Electronic resources from Africa are organized by region and country. All materials are arranged to encourage an awareness of authorship, type of information, and subject. The scope of the collection is research-oriented, but it also provides access to other web sites with different or broader missions. Beginning in early 1999, the site became the "official" African Studies web site for the World Wide Web Virtual Library."

World War I

  • An Unfortunate Region: Selected Links
    This list of World War I Web pages includes both general resources and specific topics (battles, military units, personnel, societies, memorials, tanks, and more). Entries are briefly annotated with descriptive and, in some cases, evaluative comments.
  • War Poster Collection
    A collection of 78 posters from World War I and II. Searchable, and browsable by topic (American, British, Dutch and German, national security, Red Cross, war bonds, women in war, World War I, World War II). From the University of Washington Libraries, Digital Collections.
  • The Great War
    In remembrance of the 80th anniversary of the Armistice, the BBC has produced this remarkable Web site on World War One. Overviews are given on four battles -- Gallipoli, Verdun, the Somme, and Passchendaele -- with excerpts from letters and archive audio interviews from veterans recalling the horror and ironies of the "war to end all wars." In addition, there is a ten minute video showing film footage and photographs from the battlefields. Information on the Russian revolution, the war memorials, and the poets who died in the war are also provided. RealPlayer is required to view the multimedia segments.
  • Versailles Treaty
  • World War I Document Archive
    Primary documents of WWI, most in English, have been assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List (WWI-L). Includes conventions, treaties, official papers, documents by year, personal reminiscences, and a biographical dictionary.

World War II

  • War Poster Collection
    A collection of 78 posters from World War I and II. Searchable, and browsable by topic (American, British, Dutch and German, national security, Red Cross, war bonds, women in war, World War I, World War II). From the University of Washington Libraries, Digital Collections.
  • War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement
    A searchable collection of over 7,000 photographs and 317 Kodachrome slides, documenting the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans evacuated from California, Oregon, and Washington, by the War Relocation Authority (WRA) during World War II. The collection includes 691 photographs by Dorothea Lange. Part of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, California Heritage Collection.
  • The Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II
    This is "an enterprise to record the personal experiences of the men and women who served on the home front and overseas. It is based on in-depth interviews of individuals who lived through World War II." This ongoing project has more than 200 oral history interviews and is searchable by service unit as well as by interviewee. There is also a photo gallery and a list, with illustrations, of shoulder patches and badges of honor.
  • U-boat Net - The U-boat War 1939-1945
    This Web site will provide all the information you've ever wanted to know about the World War II German fleet of U-boats. There is information on each one of the 1,168 U-boats, profiles of 115 U-boat personnel, information about the missions they undertook, uniforms they wore, and decorations they got. Also has a lot of photos and other images, and even a featured commander of the week.

Associations and Organizations


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