World History
[Dewey numbers: 909; 900s]
 General  Special Topics  Ancient History  Middle Ages
 Renaissance  English Reformation  French Revolution  Industrial Revolution
 Colonialism & Imperialism  World War I  World War II  Cold War
 China  India & S. Asia  Middle East  Russia

General Sites

WWW-VL History: Central Catalogue -
This Web site is an index to thousands of history sites including Finding Aids (bibliography, guides, indexes, libraries, archives, manuscripts, museums, booksellers); Materials (electronic texts, historical journals, data bases, general reference works, sound and images, and maps); Methods and Auxiliary Disciplines (archaeology, demography, genealogy, language, timelines); Instruction (instructional resources, distance education, employment, grants, information quality); Network Information (networking, search engines, software); Scholarly Exchange (scholarly societies and associations, centers and institutes, on-line discussion lists); Eras and Epochs (general, prehistory, Celtic Europe, ancient Near East, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, Hellenistic age, ancient Rome, medieval Europe, early modern Europe); Historical Topics (architecture, art, climatology, costume, Holocaust, indigenous peoples, Islam, labor and business history, maritime history, military history, history of science, slavery, urban history, women's history); and history by countries and regions.
Internet History Sourcebook Project -
The Internet History Sourcebook Project is a site which contains "collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts," this is great for finding primary historical resources. The three primary historical sourcebooks cover Ancient, Medieval, and Modern History. Additional historical sourcebooks, organized by theme, include African, East Asian, Lesbian/Gay, Global, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, Science, and Women. In addition to full-text historical documents, one can find links to secondary articles, reviews, discussions, and more websites. Maintained and edited by Paul Halsall, Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Florida.
HyperHistory Online -
This site "... is based on the synchronoptic concept and can be regarded as a companion to the World History Chart of Andreas Nothiger. The History Chart can be obtained from here. HyperHistory is growing monthly until the project provides a comprehensive synchronoptic display of world history for the last 3000 years."
The HistoryNet -
This commercial site includes links to many history sites. Its strength is a collection of articles from various historical magazines. Check out the link to World History here.
The History Channel -
This site from the television network provides links to "This Day in History," a history search engine, changing exhibits and features, and an online store. It also has links to other Arts & Entertainment channels:, with access to over 15,000 biographies and, with links to sites about traveling to historic places.
Historical Text Archive -
The HTA provides original material , links to other sites, and electronic reprints of books and is organized by geography/nations (United States, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Mexico) and topical history (African-American, genealogy, native American, mathematics, movie history, sports, teaching, war, and women).
Gateway to World History -
This Web site includes: Search utilties for locating history resources on the web; Links to history department, university and school web pages; Internet discussion lists; Archives (sources for contemporary history); Images (for teaching pre-modern world history); Electronic documents on line; General resources for history (pre-history, maps, libraries, etc.); and Auxilliary resources for historical study.
NM's Creative Impulse -
Another large collection of links to Internet resources on world history. Subtitled "The Artist's View of Western History and Western Civilization," it was developed and is maintained by teacher at the University of Evansville (Ill.). The page gives access to specific pages about prehistory, Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Rome, Byzantium and the Islamic world, Middle Ages, Renaissance, the age of exploration, Baroque, Enlightenment and revolutionary periods, the indistrial revolution and Modern History which has great links to many sites about world history from 1900-1945 and Recent History for links to many sites about the later decades of the 20th century.
Yahoo! World History -
Yahoo's links to world history with specific subdivisions for 16th Century; 17th Century; 18th Century; 19th Century; 20th Century; Middle Ages; the Renaissance; and Timelines.
Yahoo! European History -
Yahoo's links to modern European history with specific subdivisions for Ancient history; the Middle Ages; the Renaissance; 16th Century; 17th Century; 18th Century; 19th Century; 20th Century; and Timelines.

Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation -
This Web site covers "the middle centuries of Western Civilization from Byzantium to the French Revolution." It is basically a directory to sites about the period of European history from 500 to 1800 A.D.
Maintained by a librarian at Canisius College, this site is a large list of links to all sorts of timelines. Types include: History & Cultures; Science & Technology; Arts & Literature; Popular Culture; and Science Fiction. (George Emery)
Historic Cities -
This site has maps, brief facts, and other material about historic cities. Browse by country, city, year, or mapmaker. Maps, dating from the late fifteenth through the early eighteenth centuries, may be viewed in either low or high resolution. (Historic Cities Center of the Department of Geography, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jewish National and University Library) (LII)
Special Topics
Women in World History Curriculum -
Interactive site full of information and resources about women's experiences in world history. For teachers, teenagers, parents, and history buffs.
Redwood Cybrary Women's Issues Page -
Links to many sites about women and women's history.
Internet Women's History Sourcebook -
The Internet Women's History Sourcebook contains "collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts," In addition to full-text historical documents, one can find links to secondary articles, reviews, discussions, and more websites. (Paul Halsall) 
People with a History: An Online Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History -
This section of the Internet History Sourcebook contains "collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts." The historical douments referenced here cover the entire range of history and all geographical areas of the globe. In addition to full-text historical documents, one can find links to secondary articles, reviews, discussions, and more websites. (Paul Halsall)
History of Science, Technology and Medicine -
This site provides links to the history of science and applied science, including medical history. (WWW Virtual Library)
Timetable of Lesbian and Gay History -
Starting in 1290, this timetable list significant events in the history of homosexuality. "The original list of events upon which the following is based was compiled by Lisa Power for The Pink Paper, 5th. July, 1996, issue 437, pages 22-25. It will continue to be extended and updated." (Knitting Circle.)
The Lesbian History Project -
"Links to lesbian history. Lesbian history in any location and time period, via the Internet. Special Projects: The Lesbians of Color Web page; The Southern California Lesbian History Web page."
Women of Color Web Site -
The same author has developed this site which has links to Web sites about non-Caucasian women.
The Victorian Web -
Collection of links to information resources having to do with England under the reign of Queen Victoria (much of the 19th century). The site includes links to: Victorianism, social context, political context, economics, religion, philosophy, literature, visual arts, science and technology.
Castles on the Web -
A large collection of links to information about castles, including images of many castles. The site also has links to castle tours, medieval studies, heraldry, castle books, palaces and great homes, abbeys and churches, myths and legends, weapons and supplies, accommodations, and organizations and an email list.
German Nobility Searcher -
The data base comprises people only related to the Holy Roman Empire. These people are not necessarily of German nation -- it suffices that they have a German nobility title, i.e. had a function in the Holy Roman Empire or in a predecessor or successor state (German Union, German Empire, Netherlands, Austria, Bohemia, Italy etc.).
Vincent Voice Library -
Important speeches and recordings from an extensive collection at Michigan State University. All presidents from Cleveland through Clinton are represented as well as fourteen other famous folks from Edwin Booth (1890) to Betty Ford (1975).

Middle Ages
Yahoo! Middle Ages -
Yahoo's links to the period in European history from about 500 to 1500 A.D. Includes the categories of: Art and Architecture; Byzantine Empire; Catholic Inquisition; Crusades; English Peasants' Revolt 1381; Feudalism; Guilds; Hanseatic League; Hundred Years' War; Journals; Knights; Law; Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals; Literature; Marriage; Medieval Siege Engines; Medieval Studies; Norman Conquest; Organizations; People; Philosophy; Runes; Timelines; Vikings; and Web Directories.
This Website has links to resources on medieval art, archeology, architecture, culture, drama, history, law, literature, music, people, philosophy, religion, science and technology, and NetSERF's Research Center.
The Labyrinth -
"The Labyrinth provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies through a World Wide Web server at Georgetown University. The Labyrinth's easy-to-use menus and links provide connections to databases, services, texts, and images on other servers around the world. Each user will be able to find an Ariadne's thread through the maze of information on the Web."
The "Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies" is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students. All articles have been judged by at least two peer reviewers. Authors are held to high standards of accuracy, currency, and relevance to the field of medieval studies.
Internet Medieval Sourcebook -
Part of the above resource, this site includes a collection of thousands of articles and other sources; full texts of such item as church council documents, government documents, writings of early church fathers; saints' lives; law texts; and maps. (Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies)
The Middle Ages-Annenberg/CPB Exhibit -
"The Middle Ages is inspired by programs from The Western Tradition, a video series in the Annenberg/CPB Multimedia Collection." This site includes links to topics such as Feudal life; Religion; Home; Clothing; Health; Arts & Entertainment; and Town Life.
WWW-VL Medieval Europe -
Part of the World Wide Web-Virtual Library, this site has links to reference materials (gateways, images); geographical sites (England, France, Germany); topical materials (miscellaneous, associations, auxilliary disciplines, castles, cathedrals, colleges and universities, new literature, and Vikings; as well as on-line texts and publications.


Yahoo! Renaissance -
Yahoo's links to Web sites about the medieval to modern "re-awakening" in Europe. See also Yahoo! Renaissance Art -
The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci -
Here are the paintings of the great Renaissance master, leonardo da Vinci.
Electric Renaissance: Pictures -
Pictures of the great artists of the European Renaissance are available here.
Renaissance Art Images and Links -
Many examples of art from the Renaissance and afterward. Please note that the images are gathered into time periods, with links to sections covering different periods of the renaissance.
Dresden: Treasures from the Saxon State Library -
This Web site is an online exhibit from the Sächsische Landesbibliothek of various manuscripts, art objects, early printing examples, etc. There are also exhibits on the history and views of Dresden, called the "Florence of the North," where the library is located. (Library of Congress)
Rome Reborn -
This exhibit presents some 200 of the Vatican Library's most precious manuscripts, books, and maps--many of which played a key role in the humanist recovery of the classical heritage of Greece and Rome. The exhibition presents the untold story of the Vatican Library as the intellectual driving force behind the emergence of Rome as a political and scholarly superpower during the Renaissance. (Library of Congress)

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