This is the homepage of the French academic journal 'Histoire and Mesure,' which is devoted to scholarly studies of history with reference to statistical information and other methods of quantifying and measuring historical data. The journal, published by Éditions de l'École des hautes études sciences sociales (EHESS), runs back to 1986. Back issues are posted online, offering abstracts, tables of contents, and, less commonly, the whole text of editorial introductions. Topics are international in focus and include the whole range of historical time periods, since this journal also addresses quantifying techniques in archaeology. With these studies, the journal's editors aim to analyse the content, context and significance of historical data, thereby transcending preconceived categories and approaches from specific fields of history. The site provides indexes of articles by author, geographical focus, time period and key words. Submission details for authors and subscription information is posted.
This website, which has been written by Howard Wiseman, makes available a set of maps illustrating the territorial extent of empires based in Britain. The maps cover twenty centuries, from 40 CE to 1945, and one map is provided per century. The author defines "empire" as a state with overseas elements, or a heartland controlling a periphery. The site thus covers: pre, para and post Roman empires; Anglo-Saxon empires; the Anglo-Danish empire; Anglo-French empires; the Tudor empire; and the British Empire from 1603 onwards. It stretches from the Over-Kingdom of Cunobelinus to the aftermath of the Second World War, via Offa's Mercia and the Plantagenet territories in France. Each map is presented with a narrative giving the historical background. Colours are used to indicate different ruling groups, and stippling shows areas of indirect control. The maps can also be viewed as a movie by using the arrow controls provided. A brief bibliography is appended to the page. This Web page provides an interesting insight into the lengthy history of empires based in Britain, and will be a useful resource for students and members of the public.
The website "A Guide to Sources for British History: Early Modern England Sources" is an excellent resource for those studying, researching or with an amateur interest in Early Modern England. The site is an excellent source of resources and links to resources. The website includes links to online bibliographies, details about seminars and conferences in the US, UK and the rest of the world, and data archives. Crucially for primary source research, there are links to British county archives, libraries and other sources of Early Modern texts online. There are also a few e-papers and e-texts. A Listserv and postings of related historical conferences are also featured. The website is affiliated to Blackwells, the publisher and retailer, which provides information on recent releases. Information about fellowships and essay competitions useful for undergraduates, as are the listings of History departments. The site has a feedback feature and the user may register for further information. The section describing relevant journals is particularly notable, with descriptions of the journals and submission and publication information. A former Bess Award winning site. It has not been updated since 2006 though (2004) for some sections thus its role in disseminating news about seminars and conferences is obsolete, some useful resources remain.
Dedicated to the history of Greece, both ancient and modern, this website provides a chronological overview from the Bronze and Iron Ages to the twenty-first century. This is a personal site whose author's interest in Greece stems from his extensive travels there, yet there is much here which will be of interest to classicists keen to gain a broader understanding of Greek history as a whole and to think about the continuity between ancient times and the present. Each section deals with a different period of history and offers a narrative account of key events accompanied by photographs. Featured sections are based on the following periods: Bronze and Iron Age Greece; the 'Golden Age' (fifth and fourth centuries BC); Alexander the Great; the Roman period; the Byzantine period; the Turkish period; the revolution of 1821 (Greek war of independence); Venizelos and the Asia Minor catastrophe; the Second World War; civil war; post-war Greece; the 1967-74 military junta; and Greece in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries (including the 2004 Olympic Games). The site also features biographies of key Greek historical figures and an annotated bibliography. There is also an online version, with text and images, of a now out-of-print volume of articles and cartoons published in 1943 by the Greek War Relief Association and entitled 'Lest We Forget: That Noble and Immortal Nation Greece'.
The website "World history links and general resources" is part of Academic Info, which is published by a professional academic organisation and provides a gateway to educational resources on the Internet. The History gateway is plain and easily navigated, and features links filed under the categories World History Resources, which looks in particular at reference resources and digital libraries which cover much of the world (although the sites are all English language). There are also sections of women's history, witches, statesmen, the silk road and others. The content of the page can be searched along with the entire Academic Info site.
Access: History is a refereed full-text online journal published by the History Department at the University of Queensland, in association with the University of Queensland History Graduates' Association. The original aim of the journal was to publish high quality undergraduate and postgraduate essays in order to provide undergraduate students with essay examples. The focus of the journal has now shifted towards publishing essays which address questions that first year undergraduate history students tend to ask. The essays selected for publication aim to show high quality historical practice in subject selection, research and delivery.The journal is published in English and the articles are available as PDF files. ISSN: 1440-8449
The ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Humanities E-Book website offers a collection of 1,700 digitised full-text works. The books selected are described as "works of major importance to historical studies... that remain vital to both scholars and advanced students, and are frequently cited in the literature". The site requires a subscription fee and is aimed at institutional subscribers rather than the individual. However, the individual can access bibliographies and bibliographical details of the books, without the text. Therefore this site is useful for discovering what has been written, on a basic level, on various subjects in world history. In particular, it is useful for European students and researchers to gain an idea of North American texts, and experts. As usual the site is Anglo-centric, perhaps indicating the lack of language skills among many young historians. Information on the digitisation, marketing and publishing of historical texts is also available as is further information about the ACLS project.
The website 'Africa Research Central' aims to bring together details of African repositories available to the research community. The website provides details of collections held in Africa, Europe, and North America. The types of material covered include: manuscripts; personal papers; photographs; film collections; field notes; oral data; music collections; cultural material; and artefacts. Details of African repositories are held in a searchable database, and lists of links to European and North American resources are provided. A preservation section allows African institutions to publicise their preservation needs, and offers a database of possible funding sources. The site also includes a list of helpful links to other relevant online resources. Africa Research Central is available in English and French, and the site has a straightforward structure which aids navigation. The site serves as an excellent guide to the location of material, and is a valuable tool for those engaged in the study of Africa and its history.
Africa South of the Sahara (History) is a guide to Internet resources relating to the history of sub-Sahara Africa. It is likely to be of interest to undergraduate researchers and above in history, geography and related disciplines. Resources have been filed under a wide range of headings including: afrocentrism; archaeology; censuses; colonial period; econmic history; exploration; military history; religion; and slavery. There is also information about maps; libraries; discussion lists; courses; photographs; and museums. The site is part of the broader Africa South of the Sahara which includes a search engine and further information about the project. The site is maintained by Karen Fung, Africa Collection, Hoover Library, Stanford University.
The AHRC Centre for North-East England History brings together researchers with an interest in the history of the North-East of England. The Centre also has an outreach aim to encourage the general public to understand better the cultural heritage of the region. The website details the aims, research, participants and publications of the Centre. There is a useful directory of research resources located in or relating to the study of the Northeast. A news section provides information on upcoming conferences of relevance to the Centre's members, and a postgraduate section lists the courses and research opportunities available to graduate students wishing to study the history of North-East England at one of the universities participating in the project. The website is aimed at those with an interest in local history, potential students, graduates, postgraduates and anyone else carrying out research in that particular area. The AHRC Centre for North-East England History receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) within the Research Centre Awards scheme.
The AMDOCS (Documents for the Study of American History) website, part of the Carrie Full-Text Electronic Library, provides access to primary source documents which are relevant to the study of the history of the United States. A few of the texts are hosted locally, but most of the items in the list are links to other websites. There are links to nearly four hundred documents on the site, ranging in date from Eric the Red's 'discovery' in the 11th century to the present. The documents are presented in chronological order and are divided into broad sections. The majority of the documents relate to the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection was compiled by Lynn Nelson, Professor Emeritus of history at the University of Kansas. The Carrie Library was initially a University of Kansas project, but in April 2006 was relocated to the servers of the European University Institute in Florence.
The website of the American Historical Association (AHA) is extremely useful for historians at all levels, whether undergraduates, postgraduates, or researchers. The site provides information on grants, conferences, teaching, publications, and articles from its magazine "Perspectives". Jobs are advertised on the site; there is also a list of dissertations in progress, plus samples of monographs. Access to some parts of the site requires membership of the AHA. There is a link to The American Historical Review and articles can be freely accessed. The section on teaching includes a link to an interesting and useful project called "Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age", which introduces the use of digitised primary sources for survey courses in world history and the history of the Americas. This article provides many excellent links to help teachers to use Internet sources in their teaching of history. The site also includes an overview of the organisation and a list of members, useful for those seeking experts in varying fields.
Developed in conjunction by the Royal Anthropological Institue and the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing, “Anthropology Index Online” is one of the finest reference tools available for cultural and ethnographic study of human activity. The resource is extremely comprehensive and formed from the collection of anthropological journals held by the British Museum’s Museum of Mankind. The database presently contains in excess of 140,000 references to journal articles spanning from the late 1950s to the present day. A complex search facility allows users to identify references through author, title, or journal, with the option to further limit results by geography, language, subject area, or date of publication. The Index will be an invaluable instrument for students, teachers and researchers conducting any level of study in anthropological or ethnographic fields. The site contains advertising.
The website 'Art of the Steppe Nomads: From Schythians to Magyars' is part of a site dedicated to Hungarian history created by Gábor Lendvai. It is a student homepage on the University of Texas website. This page documents the early art of the nomadic peoples of the (Eurasian) Steppes. Sections include: Scythian art; Sarmatian art; Hun(nic) art; Avar art; and Magyar art. Each of them has a brief introduction to the history of the nomadic peoples and illustrations of representative artefacts, mostly jewellery and adornments. Selected bibliography is also provided. The site is a very good introduction to understanding the complexity of the nomadic history and peoples, but it has not been updated since 2001.
The collection of Web pages found under the title "Arthur and Rochelle Belfer: exemplary lessons initiative" is part of the extremely professional and extensive United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website. This section is devoted to offering help to teachers who are teaching the subject of the Holocaust as part of secondary school teaching, with a heavy emphasis on the Jewish experience. Obviously the site is aimed at US students, but contains five lessons, considered to be exemplary according to the criteria set by the USHMM. The site is of interest to anyone studying genocide studies, Jewish history, social history or 20th century European history. There is an online workshop with a tremendous amount of information, video comments and questions to pose to students. There are also links to other sections of the USHMM site such as relevant maps. Much of the material is presented as PDF files, so Adobe Acrobat is required. The eight lessons are as follows: Pre-World War II European Jewish Life Photo Project; Individual Responsibility and Resistance During the Holocaust; Bringing the Holocaust Unit to Closure: Implications for the Future; A Poetic Finale; Rethinking Perpetrators, Bystanders and Rescuers: The Case of Max Schmeling; Organizing the History; Learning from the Early Stages of the Holocaust; and Who is Responsible When Genocide Occurs? (Examples: Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur). A useful lesson template is also included online. This initiative was nominated in the competition for Best Museum Web Site Supporting Educational Use in 'Museums and the Web 2004: Best of the Web'.
'Arthurian Resources' is a website dedicated to the study of medieval legends of King Arthur. The essays that appear here are presented on the site (in PDF format) in a scholarly way with extensive bibliographies of great use to anyone studying one of the many aspects of the legend of Arthur, and its transformations and adaptations throughout the medieval and later periods. The 'historicity and historicisation of Arthur' is discussed at length in an extensive essay by Tom Green. The author also recommends other links to Arthurian sites and advice on leading works in the field, as well as providing a gazetteer of Arthurian topographic folklore.
The Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) was a nationally funded service that helped discover, create and preserve digital collections in all areas of the arts and humanities. The AHDS managed some 5,000 high-quality data resources and provided access to many other complementary resources which are managed by others. Funding ended in 2008, and this work continues at a local/subject level by for example: the Centre for e-Research at King's College London, the Archaeology Data Service (ADS); the Oxford Text Archive (OTA); the History Data Service (HDS); and the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).
The Athena Review is a quarterly publication for archaeologists and historians. Its geographical scope is worldwide, and it covers all periods from the Palaeolithic to the early modern. Many issues focus on specific areas, such as Roman Britain or European exploration of Central America. This website gives brief descriptions of each article in each back issue, with some articles provided in their entirety. An extended 'featured article' is reproduced from each edition. The site contains a news section, which is kept up-to-date with stories on the latest archaeological and paleoanthropological discoveries published on reputable sites elsewhere on the Internet. There is an area of the site devoted to exhibition reports (including images of some of the exhibits), and another to book reviews. An extensive list of annotated Internet links is provided organised by subject area, and an index of subjects points to editions of the journal in which those subjects were covered. Submission guidelines for contributors may be found here, as can subscription details. Although some material from the journal is only available to subscribers, there is more than enough content on this site to make it a useful resource in its own right.
"The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands" is a website created by the Library of Congress in partnership with the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, and is also part of the Library of Congress's Global gateway programme. It explores the history of the Dutch in America and also traces interactions between the Netherlands and the United States, from Henry Hudson's voyage in 1609 to the post-World War II period. At the time of cataloguing, the first stage of the project had been completed. This focuses on the initial settlement founded by the Dutch West India Company. The site presents images of original documents from the collections of the Library of Congress and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, which can be viewed as collections or explored via the site's themed sections, the first of which is "The Dutch in America, 1609-1664". Further themes will include: "Dutch patriots and the War of Independence"; "Nineteenth-century Dutch migration"; "Holland-mania"; and "World War II and beyond". The themed sections include essays that provide a context for the collections. These are illustrated with images from the collections. Many of the images are hosted by the partner website of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, and opening links to them will take the user to the relevant entry on the Koninklijke Bibliotheek's website, "The Memory of the Netherlands". All images are available in larger formats, whether they are hosted on the Library of Congress site or "The Memory of the Netherlands". Most of the documents are available in full, and each is accompanied by bibliographic information. They include: drawings and illustrations; maps; journals; letters; deeds and notices of conveyance; and contemporary printed books and pamphlets. The site is available in English and Dutch. This website is already a valuable resource for students and researchers interested in relations between America and the Netherlands, and is likely to become more so as its collections are enriched.
The Austrian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies is a research website devoted to interdisciplinary research on the Hasburg Monarchy of the 18th century. Established in 1982, the Society specializes in a range of humanities disciplines, including history, philology, history of art, musicology, cultural history, and the history of education. There is information here on the Society's publications, yearbooks, seminars, conferences and workshops, as well as the Franz Stephan Prize, named for Francis Stephen of Lorraine, Holy Roman Emperor (1708-1765), husband of Maria Theresa (1717-1780). The prize is awarded every other year to outstanding graduate theses and dissertations and reflects this group's encouragement of younger scholars. The Society has a number of partnes outside of Austria that are listed here, including the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS). The site posts several useful research-related links. Translated versions of the site into English and French were promised but not complete at the time of review.
Backdoor Broadcasting Company is an online broadcast provider to the internet worldwide and locally to its homebase of Oxford, United Kingdom. Upon invitation to an event, the Company records the proceedings and makes them available. It offers two services: the Academic Service, which broadcasts academic conferences, symposia, public lectures and workshops in order to provide widespread access to academic research. The Sound Experiment records novel experimental music, sound art and sonic events and similarly offers them for public consumption. The Academic Service archive presents many recorded lectures that will be of interest to researchers in religion, history, philosophy and comparative literature, among other diverse fields. Several align with current debates around religious issues in international affairs and cultural studies connected to marginalized groups and perspectives.
The webstie "Making History" is a BBC Radio 4 programme website for the series, which investigates listeners' queries about history. Users/listeners can email the site with queries for the host Sue Cook. The programme is extremely popular with amateur historians and those with an interest in particular subjects, whether there is a personal connection or just a passing query. The site and programme often provides insights into individual episodes in History that rarely receive such coverage, so the undergraduate and researcher may also come across, quite accidentally, information which is extremely useful. Topics have included: Wife-selling in the 18th century; the making of the Bayeux Tapestry; Joseph Williamson, the Liverpool tunneller; and the Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum. Both current and archived programmes can be listened to.
This is the home page of the BBC History website. As well as information about current BBC history television and radio programmes, the page acts as a portal to the BBC's substantial online history resources. Links are provided to the major sections of the site, which cover four main topics: ancient history; British history; World Wars; and recent history. There is also a useful list of other key resources, such as a collection of interactive activities (including extensive image galleries); a timeline; brief biographies of key historical figures; and the practical history section, which covers archaeology and family history. Although the site is best suited to those wanting a general overview of the subjects covered (perhaps undergraduates embarking on a new course of study, or those teaching introductory courses), many of the sections contain articles by eminent scholars, some of which may be of use to more advanced students. The site is attractively presented and easy to use, with a search facility and an A-Z index to aid navigation.
This is the main page of the BBC History website's section on the Anglo-Saxons. The site offers an overview of the period 410 to 800, plus a range of articles on topics such as: Anglo-Saxon culture (including a feature on the development of the English language from the time of the Saxon invasion to the present day); the Norman threat; evidence; and legends (which covers King Arthur and Lady Godiva). These are supplemented by interactive learning activities. Links to other relevant Web resources are also provided: a short list is given at the bottom of the main page, with longer selections alongside individual articles within the section. This resource is perhaps best suited to those wanting a general overview of the subject (new undergraduates, for example, or those teaching introductory courses), although some sections do contain articles by eminent scholars. The site is attractively presented and easy to use.
"London's great stink : the sour smell of success" is a BBC website authored by Professor Martin Daunton, Chair of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Cambridge. It provides a brief introduction to the history of Victorian social conditions. The combination of cholera and typhoid epidemics, pollution, and miasmas forced a urban planning policy to be implemented for the first time. As the death rate rivalled that of any time since the Black Death, and half the population was living in the densely-packed towns, life expectancy was down to 29. This is an interesting essay that can be printed and used as a discussion point in lessons and lead to further work. Topics addressed include: death in the city; spending on cities; slums and suburbs; housing and pollution; and the 'Great Stink'. The resource uses Dicken's "Bleak House" as a primary source and discusses the use of novels as representations. An entertaining game called "Muck and Brass" invites the reader to think like a Victorian and even to control "Cottonopolis". The site is also enriched by a quiz and further information on local sites and links to other websites.
This is the main page of the BBC History website's section on the middle ages in Britain. The site offers an overview of the period 1154 to 1485, plus a range of articles on topics such as: Henry II, King John and Richard I (Richard the Lionheart); invasion and conquest; the Black Death; and the houses of Lancaster and York. These are supplemented by image galleries and interactive learning activities. Links to other relevant Web resources are also provided: a short list is given at the bottom of the main page, with longer selections alongside individual articles within the section. This resource is perhaps best suited to those wanting a general overview of the subject (new undergraduates, for example, or those teaching introductory courses), although some sections do contain articles by eminent scholars. The site is attractively presented and easy to use.
The BBC website "Sex, drugs, and music hall" is a brief attempt to redress the notion that the Victorians weren't amused. Matthew Sweet, a freelance journalist, provides a brief account, in the form of an essay, of the various entertainments on offer to Victorian society. As with so many aspects of the Victorian era, the Industrial Revolution played an important part in the burgeoning entertainment industry. The increasing number of people moving to the cities meant that leisure pursuits turned into big business. The website enlightens the readers as to the full range of Victorian entertainments: sensational newspapers and novels; recreational drugs such as laudanum or opium; the cinematograph; team sports; and pornography. This essay provides good discussion points for class debate and is a good teaching tool. The bibliography at the end of the essay is also useful.
This is the main page of the BBC History website's section on the Tudors. The site offers a range of articles on topics such as: Henry VIII and the Reformation; Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose; Elizabeth I; Shakespeare; and Tudor exploration. These are supplemented by image galleries and interactive learning activities. Links to other relevant Web resources are also provided: a short list is given at the bottom of the main page, with longer selections alongside individual articles within the section. This resource is perhaps best suited to those wanting a general overview of the subject (new undergraduates, for example, or those teaching introductory courses), although some sections do contain articles by eminent scholars. The site is attractively presented and easy to use.
On the website "Victorian sport : playing by the rules" BBC senior sports journalist Alex Perry introduces a brief history of the glorious game and other forms of organised sport in Britain. The site is in the form of a six-page essay which traces the route by which sport transformed from a brutal and lawless pastime to the organised and financially-significant industry it is today. It can be easily printed out and used as material for discussion. The essay reveals that the true metamorphosis of sport apparently took place in the Victorian era, with its desire for regulation. The essay describes the beginnings of the codifications of rugby, football, tennis, cricket, and golf. There is also a brief bibliography, and the site links to the major organisational bodies of the sports discussed, as well as other relevant areas of the BBC Internet pages. This is a useful but basic site.
This is the main page of the BBC History website's section on Vikings. The site offers an overview of the period 800 to 1066, plus a range of articles on topics such as: raiders and settlers; Viking culture (which includes information about Viking religion, women, and food); and evidence (which covers the documentary and archaeological record of Viking life). These are supplemented by interactive learning activities. Links to other relevant Web resources are also provided: a short list is given at the bottom of the main page, with longer selections alongside individual articles within the section. This resource is perhaps best suited to those wanting a general overview of the subject (new undergraduates, for example, or those teaching introductory courses), although some sections do contain articles by eminent scholars. The site is attractively presented and easy to use.
The website "This Sceptred Isle" complements the BBC Radio 4 programme of the same name that bills itself as "the easiest way to learn the history of Britain". This excellent and user-friendly website treats British History from the Roman invasion to the present day. It features snippets that lead on to more comprehensive articles, a quiz, a search facility, and links to other BBC Websites of interest to those with a penchant for History. The site is of most use to equip to the user with a basic knowledge of British History, and there are useful time lines. There are also links to other useful sites, and helpful, random pieces of information at the side of the main text. The material is generally presented in chronological order with a separate section on dynasties.
The BBC website "BBC History : Historic Figures" is essentially a list of people considered to be of historical importance. They are arranged in alphabetical order and each entry is approximately one page. The site also features the activities of historic figures that took place in the current month in the past. As usual with such lists, there are bound to be those who would argue for the inclusion of some and the removal of others, but this site provides brief biographies and therefore is of use for acquiring basic information on a range of people. Figures listed include monarchs and royalty from all periods of history of mankind; political personalities; writers and poets; mythical figures; artists; civil society personalities; scientists and innovators and so on. Each personality has a short biography, while the web page lists other historical figures related to the person or to the era; timelines; interactive content on other BBC sites; BBC links and external sites.
The BBC website "BBC : History : Timelines" provides access to a series of historical timelines covering life in the United Kingdom from hunter-gatherers to New Labour. Timelines are categorised under three headings: archaeology; British history; and World Wars. They provide a useful overview of a variety of historical themes. Subjects discussed include brief notes on topics such as: the early bronze age; agriculture and the wheel c. 1400 BC; ironwork in Britain; post World War II; and the Victorians. The timelines featured on the site can be viewed as video clips in Flash with a non-Flash option for some of them. These timelines are: "British History Interactive Timeline", "Ages of English Timeline" (authored by Davyd Crystal), "Kings and Queens through Time", "Prime Ministers and Politics Timeline" and "Ages of Treasure Timeline". There are also links to both external sites and other BBC History sites of interest.
This is the website of BBC History Magazine, a leading popular history magazine published monthly by BBC Worldwide Ltd. Its website provides information on the contents of the current and upcoming issues, plus summaries of articles in earlier editions. All eras of history are covered from ancient times to the modern day. Aspects of political, social and cultural history are included. Other features of the site include news items, links to useful history Internet sites, and book promotional offers.
"What if?" is the website of the BBC Radio 4 programme of the same name, hosted by Professor Christopher Andrew of Cambridge University. In the 30 minutes programme, he posits alternative routes that events in history could have followed, had certain key turning points in history occurred in a different way. With a distinguished panel of guests, a single plausible fact in history is changed, resulting in new interpretations of old historical themes, and a fresh perspective on the way in which events did actually turn out. The programme is extremely interesting and stimulating both for those studying and researching history, as often new light is shed on popularly-held opinions. Current programmes are provided with reading lists and a list of guests to aid them in following the programme. In addition the previous programmes are archived and can be listened to. Topics covered include: Alexander the Great turns West; The Russians win the Space Race; The First Crusade; Mary Tudor and the Counter-Reformation; and the Enigma machine. There are also links to other BBC history sites that may be of interest to the user. The programmes date from 2002 and 2003.
Best of History Web Sites is a online portal offering annotated links to websites of use to the historian. Areas covered include: world history; European history; American history; and ranges from prehistory to World War II. There are also useful sections on: art history; general resources; and lesson plans and activities. Annotations on the sites reviewed range from one sentence to substantial paragraphs and all sites are given a rating out of five stars. This is a useful tool for researchers, students, and teachers of History. The multimedia section is of particular use for those trying to locate images and oral materials. The project also publishes online guides for teachers to familiarise themselves with the WWW and its usage in teaching. There are links to "techtorials" dealing with topics related to software applications and the use of technology in the classroom and also design templates for teachers and students for reports, letters, and papers.
The Bibliography of British and Irish History is a new service produced by a partnership between the Royal Historical Society, the Institute of Historical Research and Brepols Publishers. This now replaces The Royal Historical Society (RHS) Bibliography. It makes available online a consolidated and fully searchable version of the Annual Bibliographies of British and Irish History produced by the Royal Historical Society, in conjunction with the Institute of Historical Research (IHR). The project has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) within the Resource Enhancement scheme - although from 2010 is is planned that is will no longer be free, and will become a paid service.
Bluepete Biographies provides short biographies of notable people in the fields of law, literature, economics, philosophy, history, and political science. The website also provides very general bibliographies covering the aforementioned fields, and several essays by the site's author on various subjects ranging from wildflowers, through Canadian politics, to personal qualities such as leadership. A commentary archive features quotations and reflections on a wide variety of subjects ranging from flowers, taxes, and capital punishment, through to politics, feminism, civilization, and happiness. The biographies range from four sentence summaries of people's lives, to more extensive commentaries with explanations of the subject's ideas in the context of their times, important quotations from their works, and notes on their biographies. In many cases the site also provides connections to other web pages offering electronic texts of the works discussed. This website is the personal home page of Peter Landry, a lawyer from Nova Scotia, and its contents reflects his broad interests in the humanities. Philosophers and political theorists in particular tend to be well represented, with good pieces on John Locke and Edmund Burke, for instance. Despite its non-academic origins, the site's biographies and summaries should prove useful to undergraduates requiring basic reference material, and should provide ideas for further study.
The website 'BOPCRIS digitisation projects' (British Official Publications Collaborative Reader Information Service) is a digitisation service offered by the University of Southampton Library. It originated as an online bibliographic database of 18th, 19th and 20th century official publications. In partnership with several British academic institutions, BOPCRIS has digitised important collections of modern British publications, which have become independent website and databases with free access. These are: 19th century British pamphlets; Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland; 18th Century British Official Parliamentary Publications; BOPCRIS Ford Collection; Plymouth Medical Society historic collection; From History to her story; Hidden Lives Revealed; Supportive Assistive Technology; Theses digitised. Each project has a short presentation on the site, with brochures; news releases and related information. This website is intended to promote the BOPCRIS services.
The website "Britannia History" is published by Britannia.com, which describes itself as "America's gateway to the British Isles". The "Britannia History" section comprises a vast array of primary and secondary sources on British History. The material is divided into the following sections: narrative histories; biographies; church history; King Arthur; country houses; historic documents; and features original articles written by historians. There is a lot of material on King Arthur, reflecting the particular interest of the site editor. There is an excellent documents section with a selection of rare documents transcibed and placed online. There are useful brief themed bibliographies and a glossary of terms. This site is an excellent general resource for undergraduates and for those teaching British history. There are pop-up adverts on the site.
The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) has created a website to publicise their aims and activities, as well as advertise upcoming events that would interest Victorian scholars. The association was founded in 2000 and is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge about the Victorian period. Membership details and application forms for events are included online. There are reports on past conferences. An archive of the society's newsletters is included within the website in Word format. Only members can access the latest newsletter but older newsletters can be accessed freely. Members offer their critiques of current literature about the 19th century in the Book Review page. There are many links to related sites that could be useful to researchers, including online databases and Victorian Journals online.
The website 'British History in-depth: Normans' is the main page of the BBC History website's section on the Normans, offering a useful and attractively illustrated introduction to this crucial period of British history. Starting with an overview of the period 1066 to 1154, there are also articles on the background to and consequences of the Norman conquest; 1066 and the Battle of Hastings; the Domesday book; Norman art and architecture, including castles, cathedrals and the Bayeux Tapestry. These are supplemented by image galleries and interactive learning activities. This resource is perhaps best suited to those wanting a general overview of the subject (new undergraduates or those teaching introductory courses), although some sections do contain articles by eminent scholars which can be printed off for ease of use. The site is attractively presented and simply laid out. Links to other relevant Web resources are also provided: a short list is given at the bottom of the main page, with longer selections alongside individual articles within the section. There is also a timeline and message boards.
This website presents a Web exhibition of documents from the Archives of the Methodist Church of Great Britain, and is made available by the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester. These documents cover the history of Methodism from the time of John Wesley to the twentieth century, and illustrate Methodism's history of outreach to the poor. The exhibition includes an introduction that provides an overview of the charitable activities of Methodists in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These activities included simple collections for financial aid, in addition to more formal institutions such as almshouses and Sunday schools. The wide variety of documents presented in this exhibition covers important institutions such as the Foundery in London and the Manchester and Salford Mission. The images include: photographs and illustrations of Methodist buildings and activities; title-pages and extracts from sermons and other publications relating to poor relief; extracts from account books and ledgers; and letters, including two which illustrate the work of Methodists in prisons. The documents are made available as images, which are listed on a simple index page. Most of the images are accompanied by a brief description that also provides some background information. Longer documents are represented by one or two images and are not made available in full. There is no zoom facility, and the images are not re-sizeable, which can be frustrating given that the quality and size of the reproductions is not consistent. This website includes a great deal of useful material, which is likely to be of interest to those researching either Methodism or poor relief. It is likely to be of most use as an overview or starting-point for further study.
The Burnt Cakes website has been devised by a pair of teachers, and is dedicated to providing resources for better history teaching and learning. The site has been created with teachers at secondary school level in mind, and the materials available tie-up with the national curriculum. However, the resources are well-thought out and those aimed at A and A/S level students could be used by undergraduates. The resources include revision aids, quizzes, activities, reference essays, and biographies, covering much of British history, as well as modern German and Russian topics. Many of the resources can be downloaded in Microsoft Word for free, or purchased from the site. The site also features reviews of books, places and other resources.
The Cambridge Victorian Study Group website provides information about the group's five-year, interdisciplinary research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, entitled Past versus Present: Abandoning the Past in an Age of Progress. The project aims to examine Victorian attitudes to the past, and in particular to understand how the Victorians reconciled their commitment to creating the future with the contemporary unearthing of "multiple pasts in wonderful profusion and vexingly contradictory detail". A detailed description of the project's aims is provided, together with listings of forthcoming related events such as seminars and symposia, and an archive of past events. The Cambridge Victorian Studies Group is an umbrella group which hopes to promote interdisciplinary research into the Victorian period, both within and outside Cambridge. Indeed, the project brings together researchers from the fields of English literature; Classics; History of Archaeology; Museology; Geology; and Theology.
Central & Eastern European Review is a full-text ejournal for new research in the history of Eastern and Central Europe, published in English from the University of Bradford. At June 2009 there are three issues online, with articles freely available in PDF format. The focus appears to be on political history. Example article titles include: 'The League of Nations and the Question of a Mandate for Armenia'; 'A Century of Traditions: the Polish Student Movement, 1815-1918'; 'British Foreign Policy and the Hungarian Question 1848-1867'; The journal also publishes book reviews, documentation items, and photo essays. The website has full details of the editors, Editorial Board, and the submission process.
This is the homepage for the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies (CECS), which was founded in 1996 at the University of York in the UK. The Centre promotes the study of the long eighteenth century from 1650 to 1850, and has over a score of staff members listed here from York's departments of Archaeology, English, History, History of Art and Philosophy. It has a few dozen affiliated postgraduate students whose names and projects are also listed; the CECS runs a Master's programme and presents several Master's and Doctoral-level courses. Past and present calls for papers and programmes for CECS international research seminars, postgraduate forums, international conferences (running back to 1998) and one-day symposia are posted online. Special projects described on the site will attract those who are considering applying to the Centre and those who have casual or research interests. Projects include: the Yorkshire County Houses Partnership Project; the Nations, Borders and Identities Project; and Empire and Landscape in the Long 18th Century. The Yorkshire County Houses Project exists through the combined efforts of the CECS and representatives of local country houses, including Burton Constable, Brodsworth Hall, English Heritage, Castle Howard, Harewood House, Lotherton Hall, Nostell Priory and Temple Newsam. The Nations, Borders and Identities project deals with the 'Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in European Experience 1792 – 1815,' as well as an affiliated research group based in Germany. Finally, the subpages on Empire and Landscape in the Long 18th Century outline describe a number of past workshops in depth. Instructions for application to the Centre are provided.
The website of the Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS), University of Toronto provides information on the Centre and its activities, as well as teaching aids and links relating to medieval studies. Included in these pages are details of: courses run by the Centre; CMS-sponsored conferences and events; and links to medieval research projects based at the University of Toronto. The Centre also provides word lists and guides for students undertaking its Latin courses, which would also be of use to students in other institutions. Of further interest to students and researchers are the related links, primarily provided by the website of the University of Toronto's Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, and the links to CMS publications.
This website is the home page of the Centre for Research into Freemasonry, which is based at the University of Sheffield. The Centre aims to promote the study of the social and cultural impact of freemasonry in the United Kingdom, where it has been comparatively neglected, and to produce secondary works and resources for researchers. This website makes available resources for the history of freemasonry, as well as some of the scholarly work that has resulted from the Centre's activities. A valuable part of the site is the section that presents papers on the history of freemasonry written by the Centre's Director, Professor Andrew Prescott. These papers can be read on the site or downloaded as PDF files, and include: "Freemasonry and its inheritance"; "Spatial analysis and research into freemasonry"; "Freemasonry and the problem of Britain"; "Druidic myths and freemasonry"; and several others. Much of this material and some extra work is also available as an ebook, which is downloadable from the site's home page as a large PDF file. In addition, the site makes available audio files of seminar papers on the history of freemasonry, which can be listened to as streaming audio or downloaded as MP3 files. These resources are accompanied by a set of more anecdotal material taken from the archives at Freemasons' Hall in London, presented as vignettes, which the Centre hopes will grow. These are also available as PDFs. In addition to this secondary material, the site contains a paper on genealogical records and a set of links to bibliographical and other external resources. The site has its own bibliography, which can be browsed by country or date of publications, and can also be searched. Each item in this bibliography is accompanied by a brief abstract. At the top right of each page on the site is a row of small images which, when clicked, take the user to the site's gallery. Images available include: people, such as Edward VII and Annie Besant; places; documents; illustrations; and artefacts, such as masonic aprons. The images are mostly only available in one size, and each comes with a caption. The site's home page contains information on news and events. This is a valuable and interesting site, containing a great deal of original material. It will be of interest to researchers of cultural and social history in the modern and early modern periods, as well as all those working on the history of freemasonry.
This is an online thesaurus offering access to imprint places, imprint names, and personal names as found in material printed before the middle of the nineteenth century developed by the Data Conversion Group in the Goettingen State and University Library in Goettingen, Germany, at the request of the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL). The thesaurus is useful as a reference tool for bibliographers and scholars of the history of the book. The CERL Thesaurus is located on a server in Goettingen, and is linked to the Hand Press Book (HPB) database, also produced by CERL, through the Eureka search interface at the American Research Libraries Group (RLG). It is fully searchable and includes variant spelling of names in English, Latin and other languages.
The website "Winston Churchill : A Beginner's Guide" accompanies a two-part Channel 4 documentary broadcast in 2003. This site provides a guide to the best of the hundreds of thousands of books and websites devoted to this controversial figure, voted "Greatest Briton" in 2002 in a popular poll. His public wartime (Second World War) stance, which earned him a reputation as a charismatic and popular leader has been contrasted with his direction of Britain's part in World War Two and his subsequent political career. This site provides annotated external links to sites illuminating various aspects of Churchill's life and career. The major sites are listed, as well as educational sites aimed at students in Scotland, Wales and England. The range of differing viewpoints on Churchill are explored and there is also a section on Churchill's speeches and quotations. Some of the quirkier subjects on this site are contained in a section called Weird Winston, where those who are interested can discover a different aspect of the great leader through astrology and numerology.
The 'China Heritage Quarterly' is an academic ejournal produced by the Chinese Heritage Project at the Australian National University. The journal is freely available in full-text form, and there are fifteen issues online at January 2009. Example article titles include: 'Zhai, the Scholar's Studio'; 'The Goldfish Ponds of Old Beijing, oral history interview'; and 'The Islamic Heritage in China', among others. The journal partners with Probe to offer the interactive maps that accompany some articles. The journal is in English, and will be useful for those seeking quality information about Chinese heritage and history, especially that of Beijing. The journal also offers 'Conference Reports, Book Reviews and Recent Monographs'. There are full details of the journal's aims and editors.
Chronicon is an electronic journal published by University College Cork. The journal covers history in general with a particular focus on Irish history. Articles are published in English and are full-text in PDF format. Each volume is made available at the beginning of the year and articles are published online as they are received. The journal aims to encourage debate by publishing replies to some of the articles and by providing a forum for discussion. As well as containing full-text articles, Chronicon has sections devoted to reviews of publications, forthcoming events and postgraduates papers. There is also a selection of useful web links. The site offers some very interesting and useful facilities but the updates are quite far apart.
This chronology of Russian history has been developed by Robert Beard of Bucknell University. The chronology lists major events of Russian history between 860 and the present. Within the chronology there are links to websites which give more detail about the events or persons. The chronology is divided into four periods: Kievan-Appanage (860-1689); Imperial (1689-1916); Soviet (1917-1991); and Post-Soviet (1991 to the present). The site also offers a section of links to other chronologies relating to Russian history. The material on the site is in English. This site provides a very clear general overview of the major events in Russian history.
The "Churchill Speech Interactive" is an online educational resource which focusses on Churchill's renowned Iron Curtain speech, delivered on 5th March 1946. The speech was officially titled Sinews of Peace, and Churchill delivered it at Westminster College, Fulton Missouri at the invitation of U.S. President Truman. The website is an excellent resource for historians, students and teachers, and provides the complete audio speech of 45 minutes, enhanced by a browsable interface which includes information about the historical context within which the speech was made (e.g. United Nations, European Unity, Atomic Bomb, Iron Curtain). It also offers interesting information about Churchill himself, how he prepared and delivered his speeches and, naturally, a biography of the great man. The project is a collaboration between Mackenzie Ward Research Ltd, the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, the Churchill Family, with support from Cisco Systems. There are contextual snap shots and over 300 supplementary pieces of information. The site requires Flash Player. A wonderful resource for those studying Churchill or the Cold War.
The website of the Duke University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides information on the Center, its faculty, and programmes. It is of use to those who wish to find out more about postgraduate or graduate work at Duke, and to researchers. Duke is famed for its collection of over 5,000,000 archive and library resources. It boasts a rich History of Medicine Collection, the Harold Jantz Collection of German Baroque literature, and the Brummer Collection of medieval and Renaissance sculpture and decorative arts. There are links to all these resources. The site lists an impressive range of sources, some of which are only available to Duke students. The faculty is listed together with their research interests and contact details. Perhaps most useful is the calendar of events, with which the academic community can keep itself updated.
This site provides the online newsletter for the Conference Group in Central European History, an affiliate professional academic group of the American Historical Association. The Conference Group is responsible for publishing three main publications: Central European History (quarterly) ; the Austrian History Yearbook ; and the Conference Group Newsletter.Dating from Spring 1997, the Newsletter has been available online; it was previously printed in the paper journal Central European History. The site's structure is straightforward, with each issue listed from 1997 to the present. The user can click on each issue date to view the full-text of the newsletter, which includes -- among many details -- reports on the financial status of the Conference Group; reports on the status and administration of archives relevant to the work of the Group's members; reports on the status of related professional associations, such as the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Society for Austrian and Habsburg History; and awards which have been won by authors of particular books and dissertations on Central European History. Ultimately, this site is noteworthy for the essential details which it provides regarding the professional academic administration of the field of Central European History in the United States.
Credo Reference (CredoReference formerly Xrefer) is a digital reference library containing the texts and images from over 150 printed reference works. There are over a million separate entries in total. Credo reference covers the full spectrum of academic and general interest subjects, with the arts and humanities well represented. Reference works include various dictionaries, thesauri, books of quotations, atlases, plus subject specific titles. History titles include works such as Routledge's Companion to British History and various Who's Who titles; there is also the Dictionary of British History, the Encyclopaedia of the Renaissance; and a Concise Atlas of World History. For philosophers there is the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, the Macmillan Dictionary of Philosophy, plus the Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought. A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics is also provided. For students of literature there is a Dictionary of Shakespeare, the Bloomsbury Dictionary of English Literature, The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, and the Cambridge Guide to Theatre. An Atlas of the Bible and the Macmillan Dictionary of the Bible, along with a Who's Who of Old and New Testament characters provide useful reference resources for Bible scholars. There are also a couple of resources that might be useful to Classicists. All volumes may be search simultaneously, or searches may be narrowed to a particular subject area, or a particular reference work. Many entries contain hyperlinks across reference works to related subjects of interest. Credo reference is a subscription service and is available to higher and further education institutions in the UK under a license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
The website "Current value of old money" has been compiled by Roy Davies, son of the famous economist Glyn Davies. The site is part of a cluster of web pages related to monetary history and economics. This particular site deals with the purchasing power of various currencies during medieval, early modern and modern times. The author has collected an impressive list of online resources dealing with topics such as: currency calculators; historical prices and wages; standards of living; currency exchange rates; inflation; and price indexes. Geographically, the sites in the list have an emphasis on Great Britain and Europe but there are links to some resources from other parts of the world and even for the ancient civilisation in the eastern Mediterranean or ancient Rome. A reliable and up to date bibliography of online and printed primary and secondary literature is also offered. This is a wonderful introduction into monetary history.
This is the bilingual website of Cyngor Archifau a Chofnodion Cymru (Archives and Records Council Wales) and provides comprehensive and up-to-date information about archive repositories in Wales. All of the information contained within this site is in both English and Welsh languages. Users will find links to the aims, constitution, and objectives of the Council as well as minutes of various meetings dating from 1997. There are other links to Archives Network Wales; Archives and Records Policy Wales; and PDF documents concerning the importance of having an archival strategy in Wales and the role of archival data collection. Users also have online access to twenty-one archival repositories in Wales, up-to date news, information about archive administration courses, and other archives located around the United Kingdom. This is an excellent website for researchers, students, and people with a professional interest in archives and archival studies in Wales.
The website of the "Danish Centre for Holocaust Studies" is the English version of the main Danish site. Not all of the Danish pages are available in English. The aim of the site is to provide teaching materials and learning materials for those researching the Second World War Holocaust. The site begins with a basic overview which examines the ghettos of Poland, extermination camps, the Final Solution, the fate of Danish Jews, and of the Roma and Sinti. The background and aftermath are also briefly described. The bibliography is somewhat misnamed but serves the purpose of providing a brief introduction to leading protagonists. It is, in fact, the literature section that contains details of books, articles, and films in German and English. The timeline is also useful as well as the list of links to pertinent websites. A good site for those studying World War Two or the Holocaust.
This website, which is part of the British Library's Online Gallery, makes available a collection of 130 drawings and plans of Deptford and the area around the royal docklands. This area formed the administrative headquarters of the Royal Navy from Tudor times onwards, and by the seventeenth century it was home to the area of densest industrial activity in England. This site allows the user to view images of original documents charting the area during this period and through the age of industrial revolution, covering the period from 1623 to 1841. The documents include: plans of John Evelyn's seventeenth-century gardens at his house in Sayes Court; extracts from the coloured survey of Deptford dockyard of 1698, which has been attributed to Edward Dummer; and numerous eighteenth- and nineteenth-century engravings and watercolours of the area. The 1698 survey in particular is a remarkable document, showing the buildings of the dockyard in great detail. The collection as a whole is fascinating and will be an extremely valuable resource for all historians with an interest in the history of the area or in maritime history. The site includes a text introduction, and a "Curator's Choice" selection of highlights. The collection can be viewed as a whole, in list format. Each item is accompanied by brief bibliographical information and by a short text giving background information on the document and its context. The document images are available as large images and as zoomable images, each of which permits the user to view the sources in detail. The images are of high quality. The zoom and pan function is helpful for reading text in some of the older sources, but the zoomable image window is too small to permit a proper overview of the document. This detracts slightly from the usability of the site. Registered users can store images in personal folders. Registration is free.
This interesting and different website contains, in blog form, articles on diaries and diarists in the news. The Web pages contain a great number of articles on many different diarists (from English priests to Ernesto Che Guevara) and is well written, regularly updated, lively and informative. There are, moreover, links throughout the articles to various other websites of interest. The blog also links to the author's other site that provides information and links for over 500 literary and historical diarists.
This website contains a wealth of information on famous historical diaries and diarists. The vast amount of information can be browsed alphabetically by diarist's name, chronologically, by nationality, by profession or by descriptor. Clicking on the diarists takes the user to a brief description of who they were, what they did, any online publications of their works found by the website author, details of what broad subjects the diaries contain, and any information on diary publications. Although perhaps a little cumbersome to use, the website nevertheless provides a wealth of useful information, and will be of great value to those starting any kind of research on particular diarists.
The website, Diaspora-media list, is an email list for those carrying out research on, or who are part of a diaspora. As well as providing access to the email list, there is an archive of postings from July 2001. This is especially useful for undergraduates and researchers to discover information about publications and conferences in this field, and to make contact with other academics. This list discusses the representation of the diaspora in the press and how they represent themselves in their own presses. Interestingly the list is also used by academics to contact people for their own research.
The Soviet Union, 1917-1953, is another of several noteworthy research-oriented sites hosted by the Bavarian State Library. This site reproduces a two-volume historical document anthology of the Soviet Union which was originally published in 1986, entitled, "Die Sowjetunion. Von der Oktoberrevolution bis zu Stalins Tod" ("The Soviet Union. From the October Revolution to the Death of Stalin"). The first volume is entitled, "Die Grundlegung: Von der revolutionären Rätedemokratie zur Union der Sozialistischen Sowjetrepubliken 1917-1927" ("The Foundation: From the Revolutionary Parliamentary Democracy to the Union of the Socialist Soviet Republics, 1917-1927"); the second volume is entitled, " Der 'Aufbau des Sozialismus in einem Lande' Revolution von oben und stalinistische Diktatur 1928-1953" ("The 'Building of Socialism in a Land'[:] Revolution from Above and Stalinist Dictatorship, 1928-1953"). Different chapters are called up through a series of framed menus, as are footnotes, appendices and bibliographical information. The text offers brief historical overviews of events with references to primary source documents. The subsequent listing of documents will be helpful for historians, with the caveat that they are presented in a rather unclear manner that will demand focussed concentration on the part of site visitors.
'Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting The Past on The Web' (2005) is a free ebook, published online by the Center for History and New Media. The book is cleanly designed in HTML, and is easy to navigate. Chapters include: 'Designing for the History Web'; 'Building an Audience'; 'Collecting History Online'; 'Owning the Past?' and 'Preserving Digital History', among others. A 355-page print version of the book (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) is also available for purchase, if required. The authors are Daniel J. Cohen of the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, and Roy Rosenzweig, Professor of History & New Media at George Mason University. This will be a useful book for anyone undertaking a history project with an online component.
The Digital History Reader is a free open access online resource aimed at undergraduate level history students, and also suitable for advanced level secondary students. The material is divided into two sections: United States History and Modern European History. Within these are several modules covering important eras and issues from the colonial era of U.S. history to the present day, and 'Modern Europe in a Global Context' which explores the late nineteenth and twentieth century involvement of Europe in world history. Each module includes a list of objectives, an archive and assessment material. As Digital History Reader is an innovative project, allowing for independent or teacher-led study, there is also a section analysing the aims and ongoing outcomes of the enterprise as an exercise in new media learning. There is also a Teacher's Guide, information on technical requirements and a list of frequently asked questions. This is a beautifully presented site that is straightforward to use and illustrates the potential of online learning.
The Digital Imaging Project website provides thousands of JPEG images from slides taken and scanned by American Art History professor Mary Ann Sullivan (Bluffton University). The images are of sculpture and architecture from a very wide range of countries and historical periods, from early medieval Irish high crosses and tenth-century Cambodian palaces to the Millennium Park in Chicago. The choice of subjects reflects Sullivan's travels and covers sites in: Austria; Canada; Egypt; France; Greece; India; Ireland; Italy; Mexico; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Spain; United Kingdom; United States; and Vietnam. Brief commentaries on the photographed sites are also provided. There are detailed indexes arranged by geographical location, name of architect or artist, and chronology. The images may be downloaded for free for personal and educational use, on the understanding that credit is given where due. Further images will be added to the collection in the future.
This Webpage is devoted to special projects associated with the Dirksen Congressional Center, named for the American Senator and Congressman. The Center promotes research on, and education about, the US Congress. It is non-partisan and non-profit. This subsite presents several multi-media projects and Web-based resources on topics ranging from civil rights to editorial cartoons. Six main subsites are connected to this page, each of which contains online exhibitions of the Center's archival resources and learning materials available for the following projects: The Civil Rights Documentation Project; Editorial Cartoon Collection; Facing the Post-War World: Everett M. Dirksen Abroad, 1945; The 1960s: A Multi-Media View from Capitol Hill; Understanding Congressional Decisions Through Vectors; and 14 Units to Learn How a Bill Becomes a Law. These sites will serve starting points for teachers and students in these fields as well as researchers and provide important information on the Center's holdings that connect the history of the state to the history of civil society in the United States.
This is the homepage of the Dirksen Congressional Center, an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation based in Illinois. The Dirksen Center is named after Everett McKinley Dirksen (1896-1969), a Republican Congressman and Senator from Illinois, who served from the 1930s to the 1960s. The site states the Center's aims as the improvement of public understanding of Congress through archival, research, and educational programs. This educational mission is revealed through subsites devoted to primary and secondary students; online teaching and learning materials concerning Congress; a newsletter dubbed 'Communicator'; and large annotated links lists. Most notably, a section for researchers outlines the scope of the Center's archival collections with guidelines for use. There is also a subpage describing grants and other research funding available for study of the collections and lists of scholarly publications which have resulted from such work.
This is the homepage of the Greater Manchester County Record Office's Documentary Photography Archive (DPA), which preserves historical photographic images of the region. The DPA contains three collections: the Archive of Family Photographs, with images taken from private albums from the 1840s to the 1950s; Contemporary Commissions, with DPA-commissioned collections from 1985 to 2000; and Deposited Archives from local photographic societies and professional photographic businesses. The site itself is divided into two main sections, the first of which provides an archival guide as well as excellent background information on the DPA project's history and aims. There is also a list of publications based on DPA materials. Almost all catalogues for the collections are available through an external site, 'Access to Archives.'
Themed images from all of these collections are available in the second section of the website. Themed areas cover: Celebrations; Food and Drink; Old Manchester; Places; Holidays; Public Houses; Ship Canal; At School; Sports; War; and Work. Each of these themes is accompanied by an introduction that provides historical context of the events and activities depicted. The user can then view the images via a list, which gives thumbnail photographs and details on each picture. The 20th century war photographs here are particularly noteworthy. The site will be of great value to all those interested in the history of Greater Manchester, and in social and economic history during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
An enormous amount of detailed information is provided about Domesday Book on this website from The National Archives, which should be the starting point for anyone wanting to find out more about this unique eleventh century document. The website is attractively illustrated, with an extensive glossary of terms and is suitable for users at all levels. It is largely free to use, although via a link to Documents Online users can search for people, places and specific folios in Domesday Book and pay to download colour images of the text or a translation. The Discover Domesday section provides detailed information about the creation of this document, how the entries can be interpreted and the insight it gives into eleventh century England. It examines the legacy of Domesday Book and considers the various editions that have been published. The World of Domesday pages set the document in the context of eleventh century society, providing information about economic, political and religious life. For schools, the Focus on Domesday section explains the story behind the document and how it was made; it includes a 'snapshot lesson' with tasks for pupils, video clips and teachers' notes. There is a quiz, game and a link to an online bookstore. Councils and tourist information centres can download a Domesday logo. The size of this website can be overwhelming and an improved layout and editing of duplicated information would be welcome.
In this website, the British Library makes available images from its collections illustrating the history of the Palatinate of Durham. The site concentrates in particular on the architectural heritage of the prince bishops, who had great power in the region during the Middle Ages. This legacy remains substantial, and was depicted in detail by the eighteenth-century topographical artist Samuel Hieronymus Grimm. Grimm's drawings, together with similar works by Edward Blore, form the bulk of this online exhibition. Other artefacts depicted include: a seal; maps; and manuscripts. The site is divided into seven main sections: Power of the Pirnce Bishops; Power of the Church; The Bishops' Charity; Prior Arrangements; Places and faces; Fortress Durham; and Brave Hartlepool. Within these sections, the site deals with a broad range of material, including: Durham Cathedral; hospitals provided by the Church; notable prince bishops such as Hugh le Puiset and Thomas Hatfield; priories such as that at Jarrow; and eighteenth-century methods of roasting beef. The images will be of value to all those interested in the history of the county, or of the medieval church. Within the seven main sections, the user accesses individual records by clicking on a thumbnail image. This opens a page with information on the document, including source and bibliographical information as well as a contextual description. This page also includes an image with zoom and pan functions.
Early Modern Japan : An Interdisciplinary Journal is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Early Modern Japan Network, an "interdisciplinary, international community of specialists of early modern Japan (ca. late 16th to late 19th century)" affiliated with the North East Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies. This website makes available full-text versions of the articles from previous issues (since the first in 1991) in pdf format and provides submission guidelines. The journal publishes "scholarly essays, translations, essays on teaching about early modern Japan, academic news, and book reviews".
This is the website for the Early Modern Japan Network (EMJNet), an international, interdisciplinary grouping of scholars specialising in early modern Japan (late 16th to early 19th centuries). It is affiliated with the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, based in the USA. The Network publishes 'Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal'; full-text back issues (from 1991) are available via a link on the site and individual articles can be downloaded in PDF format. A searchable database of substantial bibliographies of recent scholarship on early modern Japan (specifically: historical demography; and thought and religious studies), also in PDF format, is another very useful feature of this site. Only members of the Network have access to the site's electronic discussion list.
"Early Modern Resources" is an excellent website for early modern history resources created by Sharon Howard, while she was a PhD student at the University of Wales at Aberystwyth. It is aimed at students, teachers, academics, and all those with an interest in early modern Europe. The site features links to topics including old and new worlds, society, economy, demography, women, gender, sexuality, religion, science, crime, literature, and music. In a section entitled "Representing Early Modernity" one can find good links to the works of many historians who have contributed to and continue to influence historiographical debate. Encouragingly, Howard gives space to the subject of popular histories. There is also a new links section, containing links that have not yet been assigned to a section, which should be checked by the user. The early modern reference section provides links to online book reviews, online bibliographies, essays, e-journals, and e-texts for the 16th, 17th, and the long 18th centuries. The website is one of the most informative in its field.
This is a bibliography of resources for early modern Welsh history put together by an academic, and it is part of the wider history gateway and bibliography Early Modern Resources. The bibliography mainly covers the years 1550-1800, and mainly lists books and journal articles, although there are a few websites also included. The bibliography has been broken into separate chapters, which are: general collections and textbooks; local and county histories; printed primary source materials; research aids; guides and reference; historiography; approaches and methods; politics, law and administration; social and economic - general; social and economic - work industry and agriculture; society (popular) culture and religion; crime and courts; order and disorder; women and gender; identity, culture and language.
The website "Early photographically illustrated boks", which is part of the British Library's Online Gallery, makes available 1,500 images of early photographic illustrations. Photography, as a new technology, was an exciting way of illustrating books, and was increasingly used after the 1840s. Later in the century the photographs themselves became the focus of such publications. The images presented here cover a vast variety of subjects, including: towns and buildings in Britain and Ireland; portraits; scenic views and landscapes; works of art and architecture; figure groups; and many more. The collection include images taken by pioneers of the technology such as Francis Frith. The photographs document the cultural interests of the Victorian era, and also depict many places and buildings that no longer exist (for example, in London, where many buildings have been destroyed by war or redevelopment). They are an invaluable source for the study of local history, and for Victorian cultural and social history. This site will be appreciated by all researchers with an interest in the period. The entire Online Gallery site can be searched by keyword. This collection can also be browsed using the list of thumbnail images, which can be sorted by date or title. Each image can be clicked to access the item page, which provides bibliographical information and a descriptive text, which frequently includes the contemporary commentary of the photographs. Large versions of the images are provided, as are images with zoom and pan functions.
The website "eHistory" is hosted by the Department of History at the Ohio State University (OSU) in collaboration with the Havey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching and the OSU Web Media Collective. The site is extremely broad and an excellent reference source for teachers, students, and all those with an interest in history. It contains over 130,000 pages, 5,300 timeline events, 800 battle outlines, and 350 biographies. There are also thousands of images and maps that enrich the site. Subject areas include: articles; biographies; military; and timelines. Areas covered are grouped within the following sections: ancient; middle ages; civil war; World War II; Vietnam War; Middle East; and World. There is a search facility and a members section. The site is easy to navigate and clearly presented. This is a good teaching resource and is well illustrated. Signing up for a membership on the site allows users to contribute content and post comments.
The Eighteenth Century : Theory and Interpretation, is a an annual journal of studies into eighteenth-century literature, history, science, and culture. The journal encourages essays that demonstrate the application of contemporary theory and methodology. This website describes the history of the journal, and provides submission guidelines. Publication details and subscription terms are also given. At the time of review there was an index of articles published between 1990 and 2004, volumes 31 to 45. Essays and reviews are available online for the four latest volumes.
Eighteenth-Century Collections Online is a subscription resource accessible to those at subscribing institutions via individual URLs. It is one of the most significant large-scale digitisations of primary material yet undertaken, providing access to the scanned images of 'every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the eighteenth century' as well as a number of texts published in the Americas. The texts have been scanned to a high quality and can be searched by keyword reliably. 'Fuzzy' searching is also enabled to assist the user catch alternative forms of words. The metadata captured about each of the included works is rich and useful, giving full source information about the copy of the work digitised, along with variant titles and citation assistance. This is an invaluable resource for any scholar of the eighteenth century.
The Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society (ECIS) was founded in 1986 to support research into all aspects of life in Ireland in the period 1690-1800. The society organises an annual conference and publishes a journal, Eighteenth-Century Ireland (Iris an dá chultúr). It is a constituent member of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) and Ireland's main national forum for debate on social and cultural issues during the Enlightenment. The website describes the society's objectives, provides membership details, and gives the contact addresses of the committee. It also publicises forthcoming conferences and events. There are online abstracts for each back issue of the journal, along with a guide for contributors. Finally, there is a useful list of links to other websites.
This website offers the full-text of each edition of the journal 'Eighteenth-Century Life' published since 1996. It forms part of the Project Muse online journal subscription service, managed by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Eighteenth-Century Life publishes articles and review essays on matters relating to the long eighteenth century (1660-1832). The journal is particularly strong on interdisciplinary studies of literary and cultural figures and attitudes. Some issues feature 'book-length' collections on special themes. Such themes have included the art of close reading in eighteenth-century English literature, and stories of exploration in the South Pacific. The site also provides guidelines for potential contributors to the journal, and the usual pricing and ordering information.
The Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society (ECSSS) is an international interdisciplinary society established to promote the study of Scottish culture during the age of the Enlightenment. Its website is modest, providing news of forthcoming conferences, and a list of recent and future publications. There is a directory of Society members and a membership form for those wishing to join.
The Electronic British Library Journal (eBLJ) (ISSN 1478-0259) is a peer reviewed, scholarly online publication devoted to research into the contents and history of the British Library and its collections. This electronic journal, which succeeds the print publication The British Library Journal, was launched in September 2002. Published annually, all full-text issues are freely available via the British Library website. Users will find articles on such areas as: the British Museum Library and the development of international exchange of official documents; early 19th century racy and satirical narrative poems written under the pseudonym Peter Pindar, 150 of which are held in the British Library; confiscated Nazi books in the British Library; and political verse in late Georgian Britain, particularly poems referring to Willian Pitt the Younger (1759-1806). Abstracts are available as HTML whereas the full-text articles are downloadable PDFs. A quality journal, this online publication will appeal to anyone with an interest in the diverse collections of the British Library. Full submission details are provided on this site.
The Electronic Journal of Australian and New Zealand History was founded in 1996 and has developed into a peer reviewed forum serving H-ANZAU, the H-Net network for the history of Australia and New Zealand. Hosted by James Cook University, the journal publishes articles, research reports, conference proceedings and review of books and history in digital media. All the material on the site is available free of charge. The site is also developing a section on networked resources for historians and a search facility for the journal is posted. Other features of the site include information on the editors and details on how to submit an article.
The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert: Collaborative Translation Project is an ongoing attempt to bring an English translation of this great 18th-century encyclopaedia to the World Wide Web. A major achievement of the French enlightenment, the original publication consisted of 32 volumes covering 70,000 topics. Like the original, the online version is a collaborative effort, and potential contributors are encouraged to contact the publishers. Users can browse encyclopaedia entries, or search for key words. Search results return the immediate local contexts in which words have been used, with the full entry accessed by a link from the title field. Entries include links to their original French language versions. Bibliographical searches are also available. Future plans for the online encyclopaedia include: the possibility of browsing by original author; a list of plates with English and French titles; and access to the images of plates even before captions have been translated.
Christopher O'Riordan's website on the English People's Revolution, 1640-1660, comprises of a collection of articles on the role played by the common people during the Civil Wars of the 1640s. These articles, originally published in various local history publications during the 1980s, have been revised since 2000 to incorporate his latest research. This no-frills website takes the reader straight into the essays which provide detailed accounts of popular unrest using a number of case studies. The essay "Popular exploitation of enemy estates in the English Revolution", originally published in the Historical Association's journal "History" in 1993 (revised for the website version in 2001) analyses the occupation of property, poaching, timber felling, refusal to pay rents and other expressions of popular exploitation of Royalist, Crown, Church and Catholic estates against the background of Parliamentary sequestrations. This is supplemented by a series of essays considering local case studies in Lancashire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Middlesex and Durham. O'Riordan also provides extensive resources on the grassroots politics of watermen, porters and carters in London during the English Revoluitonary period, as well as brief articles exploring popular democratic movements of the early 1640s within the church, the army and tax collection system.
Eras Journal is a full-text e-journal produced by postgraduate students at the School of Historical Studies, Monash University in Australia. At May 2009 there are nine issues freely available online, dating from 2002 - 2007. The most recent issue has only abstracts available. The journal covers History; Archaeology and Ancient History; Religion and Theology; and Jewish Civilisation, and also publishes book reviews. Freely available article titles include: The Diary Network in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England; A Certain Share of Low Cunning: The Provincial Use and Activities of Bow Street Runners, 1792-1839; and Some Representations of America and Their Diffusion in Elizabethan England: O Strange New World Reassessed, among many others. The website has details of the editors, calls for papers, and the submissions process.
EuroDocs was created at the Brigham Young University by Richard Hacken. The site contains annotated links to European (including Greek, Turkish, Cypriot and Icelandic) primary source documents available over the WWW. The documents selected for inclusion were chosen on the grounds that they relate to key historical events. The documents are arranged chronologically within country order (undated documents are listed at the end of each country list). There are separate sections for documents relating to Europe as a whole and for medieval and renaissance documents. The documents are available as transcriptions, facsimiles or translations. A large proportion of the documents are available in English translation. An unpredictable range of documents are available on this site from more familiar topics such as the Holocaust, the French Revolution and the Reformation, to eclectic collections of documents from individual archives.
'Perceptions of Europe and European ideas in the 17th century' (Europabegriffe und Europavorstellungen im 17. Jahrhundert) is a subsite of the Department of History at the University of Vienna. The aim of the project is to provide access to titles of previously unexplored historical sources from the seventeenth century in an online database. The main language of the site is German, but good English, French and Spanish overviews are provided. The project description includes partner online databases on 16th century European printed sources with a bibliography but the links to the web pages of the University in Munich were broken at the time of review. The project aims to create a large inventory of printed sources dealing with "Europe" at large, using 18 themes, including: descriptions of states; history of states; political situation in Europe; geographical description in Europe; and literature. A section is dedicated to 'authors' of the works included in the database, listed alphabetically. The 'Kurztitle' lists alphabetically the titles of the works, some of which have full transcriptions or digitised images (marked with T and B respectively) accompanying the description of the source and its relevance to the project. An essay by the project coordinator, Wolfgang Schmale, on Matthäus Merian, 'Theatrum Europaeum' is published on the site. A full-text search engine enables a search through the entire corpus of texts. Links to relevant projects and exhibitions are offered. The site links to the web page of the 16th century encyclopedia (Enzyklopädie 16. Jahrhundert) to which members of the University of Vienna project contribute.
Europeana is a European Commission funded web portal which is building a virtual European library offering free access to Europe's cultural resources. Multiple languages are available. It is organised as a giant database of cultural artefacts, typically presenting a (low quality) picture and some metadata for each record and redirecting to other websites to access digital resources. It searches millions of texts (manuscripts, papers, ebooks), images (photographs, maps), films (moving images, videos, film clips, television broadcasts) and sounds from Europe's main research libraries, archives and galleries. Among the institutions involved in supplying data are the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Library in London and the Louvre in Paris. It is possible to search the website by subject keyword, or browse by date, language and theme. Europeana is growing and despite the impressive number of records at the time of review, it could multiply several times that number in the near future given the size of the European heritage. Some areas (e.g. British archaeology) are better represented in the database than others. After registering for free it is possible to tag records and save searches and records on a personal page. Given the scope of the project, anyone may find useful resources searching Europeana, even if only a tiny minority of European heritage is represented.
'Experiencing War: World War I: the Great War' is one of several interlinked online exhibitions devoted to the history of war veterans, which have been prepared as part of a special project by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Created by an act of Congress in 2000, this special Veterans History Project catalogues personal stories of patriotic courage. This particular site focuses on World War I through photographs, diaries, scrapbooks and written memoirs of 11 Great War veterans.
Linked subpages here also refer to the Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan, which contain more photographs and audio and video content. The site promises to follow this initial release of personal narratives with more taken from 7,000 additional Veterans History Project collections. Instructions are provided for potential contributors. The site will make an excellent teaching tool or an initial starting point for introductory research for undergraduates by providing a human dimension to the larger aspects of military history; it also offers students an opportunity to trace the changing and escalating recording of war as technology improved. In that regard, the site is especially valuable for its presentation of photographic, oral and later video histories alongside its explicit nods to women's history in military conflicts over the past century. Materials are indexed by theme and by names of contributors. Information is posted on companion publications and television programmes. For historians, the site offers a good first glance at the content of these broader materials at the Library of Congress, although materials presented online are primarily American in content and perspective.
"Explorator" is a weekly mailing list that contains a list of headlines and links from online resources providing an overview of all what made into the news during the week and is relevant to archaeological research, including Classics, numismatics and anything related to the past. The list is well structured and often provides multiple links for each story, but it should be noted that it is not exhaustive. It is a fundamental tool to stay updated on the latest about archaeology, and the author usually spots and warns about bogus stories. Chances are that you receive already Explorator as part of other mailing lists, such as BRITARCH-NEWS. The website allows to easily subscribe, unsubscribe and read past issues of the newsletter, including the most recent one. However, due to the nature of online news, many links will expire quickly or become outdated and it is recommended to subscribe and read it weekly.
Eye Witness to History is a project devised to tell history through the eyes of those who lived it. The scope of the site is huge, with sections covering the ancient world; the middle ages; the Renaissance; the seventeenth century; the eighteenth century; the American Civil War; the Old West; the twentieth century; and the First and Second World Wars. Each eye-witness account is accompanied by a short introduction to the event described, images or photographs. References are provided. There is a focus on events from American history, although some of the themes cover Europe. Voices of the 20th century is an audio section of fourteen recordings which includes an eyewitness report of the explosion of the LZ 129 Hindenburg in 1937 and a humorous account of gas rationing in 1942. RealPlayer is required for some of the multimedia content. The site contains advertising and commercial links.
The website "First Europe tutorial" has been published online and compiled by The Applied History Group at the University of Calgary. It is one of a series of online history tutorials and is aimed at first year undergraduate students. It covers the period from the Romans to the early medieval period in Western Europe. Themes include: political developments; language and literature; and art and architecture. The site also features an extensive bibliography and list of relevant Internet resources. The tutorials are easy to follow and cover the territorial expansion of the Roman world, the Germanic invasions of Western Europe, the Frankish empire, and Latin and the vernacular languages. A good site for undergraduates wishing to gain a basic grasp of Western European history and those teaching them.
The website of Fons Luminis provides information on the semi-annual journal published by the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. The journal aims to publish interdisciplinary articles relating to the Middle Ages, as well as reviews and bibliographies. At the time of writing, the journal is still in its early stages, and subsequently there are no tables of contents for the first issue (2007). The site does however provide information on: the aims of the journal itself; the editorial board; and submission and contact details. This site, and the journal, would be of interest to scholars working in all fields relating to medieval studies.
The "Footnote" web site encourages members of the public to upload historical documents and images so that they are publicly accessible. Registered members of the web site are invited to submit comments, exchange ideas and discuss the documents, or add information from their own family accounts and histories. This mix of historical archive and social networking is intended to promote interest in history and heritage, not just in the United States but internationally. Currently (2008) the site is overwhelmingly American in content, but users from other countries are invited to contribute. As well as members of the public, many official county archives and research libraries in the US are using Footnote as a platform for digitising their own archives (Users must register to obtain access to all of these official documents). Footnote has formed a partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration so that a quickly expanding collection of nationally important historical documents can be viewed as "Feature Titles". These include documents relating to the American Revolution (1773-1789), the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln (1865), FBI Case files, Project Blue Book (official record of UFO reports), US Air Force photographs from World War Two (1939-1945), extracts from the Times newspaper in Britain (selected from the period 1775 to 1820), and service records of Confederate soldiers in Texas during the American Civil War (1861-1865). Registration to gain access to all facilities on the site is free.
The website 'Forum Karl V' is a project of the Institute for History at the University of Vienna. It seeks to be an international contact point for world research on Charles V, the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperor (also called Charles I of Spain) (1500-1558). The scholars associated with the site plan symposia and publications and seek collaborations with other academics in the same field. The site provides bibliographical information on Charles V, including reviews and lists of publications, the most recent from 2004. It also offers links and, notably, an online portrait gallery, with explanatory essays which accompany some portraits. The site is not updated regularly, although it is a good resource on Emperor Charles V.
This is the website of the Fritz Bauer Institut in Frankfurt, Germany. The institute exists to promote academic investigation of the history and impact of mass killings perpetrated by the Nazis, and in particular the Holocaust. In addition to carrying out research, the institute encourages dialogue, develops educational materials for use in schools, and organises conferences. The website, which is in German throughout, gives details of the institute's recent and forthcoming activities, and provides a selection of online papers and other documents. Also available are copies of the institute's newsletter, in PDF. The Fritz Bauer Institut is affiliated to the University of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, and is housed on the campus of the University of Frankfurt am Main.
"Frog In A Well" is a well-designed website that hosts three "collaborative weblogs dedicated to East Asian history", with a specific focus in each weblog on China, Japan, or Korea. Weblog postings appear to be made mainly in English, but they can also be wholly or partly in Chinese, Japanese or Korean - some visitors may need to download extra fonts in order to correctly read these languages. About 30 named authors are active bloggers, and the discussion is of a scholarly nature. Author status is open to graduate students as well as to lecturers and other scholars. Each of the three weblogs has an extensive set of "categories" links, allowing a visitor to filter all of the previous postings by theme or topic. The 'Frog In A Well' archives date back to 2004, and the contents are searchable by keyword or phrase. RSS newsfeeds are available for all three weblogs.
This website makes available an online version of the Library of Congress's "From Haven to Home" exhibition, held to mark the 350th anniversary of the Jewish presence in America. The site includes a wealth of images taken from over 200 original documents illustrating American Jewish history, from the first arrival of Jews in 1564 to the present day. The exhibition is divided into four main parts, plus an introductory overview and a concluding section. The first main section, "Haven", examines the early Jewish settlers and their experience of America, concentrating on ideals of religious freedom and the religious life of the early colonists. "A Century of Immigration" deals with the period 1820 to 1924 and describes the influx of poor Jews from Central and Eastern Europe, touching on matters such as: the fire at the Triangle sweatshop; intellectual Jewish migrants such as Einstein, Houdini and Hannah Arendt; and Americanisation or acculturation, as exemplified by the boychik. "Confronting Challenges" covers the Jewish experience of the American Civil War, and anti-Semitic prejudice. The final section, "Home", provides an overview of the varied involvement of Jews in American life in the twentieth century, covering: American Jewish outrage at the Kishinev massacre; Emma Goldman and birth control; the Second World War; and Zionism. This is a fascinating resource which will be of value to all those with an interest in Jewish life in America, but will perhaps be most useful for those seeking an introduction to the subject. The images include a remarkable variety of items, from colonial ceremonial objects to modern posters and advertisements. Each image is accompanied by a text providing information about the document and its context. The collection may also be viewed through the checklist of objects, which lists all items on one page and provides links to the images. The images are generally presented in one size only. Where larger images are available, they automatically resize to fit the user's browser window. This makes it impossible to read the script or print on many of the documents, which renders the site less useful for scholars. The site also includes brief bibliographies for general readers and children. Some of the images are accompanied by icons which open "Discovery label" pop-up windows with information for children.
The Genealogía de la Tragedia Argentina is a five volume Argentine history of 1600-1900, written in Spanish that is available for download from the author's website. Eduardo R. Saguier, the author, was a professor at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and received his PhD from Washington University, St Louis, Missouri. His five volume history deals with the boom and collapse of the Argentina state, or the violent transition from an imperial order to a national-republican order from 1600-1912. It is published in five tomes plus a prologue or epilogue, each of which can be downloaded separately or as an entire book. Some of the author's other titles are also available for downloading from the website, including "Un Debate Histórico Inconcluso en la América Latina (1600-2000) ". This is an interesting title which has received compliments from all over the world and the freely available PDFs make it an accessible resource. Public submission. the user is happy for their details to appear on the website: Eduardo R. Saguier
The website 'German Historical Institute London' (GHIL) is the homepage of this independent academic institution based in London. The Institute aims to further research on modern history and, in particular, research on the comparative history of Germany and Great Britain; on the British Empire/Commonwealth; and on Anglo-German relations. The Institute also aims to encourage contact between British and German historians. The website provides details of the aims of the German Historical Institution London, staff details and contact information. There are also details of future conferences, publications and the library. The library catalogue is available online in both English and German. Annotated bibliographies of British history research in Germany are available as PDF files. The Institute website also maintains a section of links to other web resources.
This website outlines recent research projects at the Graduate School of Asian and Modern European Languages at the University of Edinburgh. The first project, 'The Golden Age of German Cinema, 1919-1932' is associated with Mainz and Frankfurt as well as Edinburgh. The site describes the primary aims of the project, namely, to provide a comprehensive picture of cinema in the Weimar Republic - and to reassess the two texts previously deemed as the standards for interpreting the medium. The first text, that of Siegfried Kracauer, judged contemporary film in terms of the psychological surrender of the German population to fascism. The second, by Lotte Eisner, focussed on the impact of expressionism on films in Weimar Germany. This reassessment is necessary, the site asserts, given the recent discovery of the script of the classic film, 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,' and new treatments in the history and film theory of the period. Historically, the project seeks to reveal a less linear and deterministic progression of culture and politics toward the monolithic social acceptance of fascism. It also traces positive developments in contemporary film techniques, such as realism and montage, which transcended the current focus on expressionistic styles as part of the corresponding socio-political analysis of the rise of Hitler at the end of the period. The site lists the range of films under study as part of this historical and theoretical reassessment. It also describes its frequent colloquiua which unite members of its various partner institutions. It promises a two volume publication as part of the final outcome of this work.
The second project 'Word and Music Studies' notes the impact of literary theory on the study of music. The subsite lists members of the department and their postgraduate students working in this area. The third project, 'European Avant-Garde' is an international research project, run with the participation of scholars from Edinburgh, Mainz, Yale and other universities. This cooperative effort has produced a number of colloquia and publications, which the site describes; synopses of papers and tables of contents from these efforts are posted. The site challenges the established interpretation of the avant-garde presented by Peter Bürger, namely, that these art movements from the 1910s and 1920s could be uniformly defined as "reintegrating art into the practice of life." The site refers to the specificities of French Cubism, Italian Futurism, German Expressionism and Russian art movements prior to the October Revolution in 1917. The site also points to newer art forms such as film and the neo-avant-garde since the 1960s. A downloadable research database is posted.
'Gratt: a peer-reviewed journal of Anglophone studies' is a full-text ejournal aiming to cover... "Literature, Civilization, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Linguistics". The journal is produced by the University of Francois-Rabelais in Tours, France, but is published in English. At February 2009 four issues are online, offering articles as PDF files. Issues are themed: 'Queer Readings of Television Series and Serials'; 'Reading Thomas Jefferson'; 'Reading Thomas Pynchon's latest novel Against the Day'; and 'Reading Alison Bechdel'. There are also details of 39 paper-only issues, published between 1984 and 2007. The website offers a "Poetry and Fiction Corner", and "Occasional Papers" which at present features just one paper - 'Representing the Dirty South: Parochialism in Rap Music'. The website has details of the editors, and a style-sheet for contributors.
This is the website of the BBC Radio 4 programme, Great Lives. The aim of the programme is to introduce the achievements of significant figures in modern history. Many of the introductions are by people thought to be making a major contribution to contemporary British culture. The site contains information about the genesis of the programme. But the most interesting aspect is the opportunity to listen to previous episodes: Beryl Bainbridge on Scott of the Antarctic; Leonard Slatkin on Rachmaninov; Bernard Manning on Mother Teresa; Darcus Howe on CLR James. Some of the episodes cover philosophers, such as Spinoza, and figures from other areas of the arts.
This searchable database contains links to university history departments around the world. The search engine filters results by name, city, or state, and may be restricted to U.S. or non-U.S. institutions. The database may be browsed alphabetically by leaving all fields blank. Results list institutions by name and link to the web pages of the relevant history department.
The website "Gutenberg-e" is a collaboration between Columbia University Press and the American Historical Association (AHA) to publish scholarship online as e-books. The electronic versions of the books include multimedia and hypertext elements. Subjects covered within the broad area of history include Africa, Europe before 1800, military history, and history of North America. Gutenberg-e is an open service. The site is primarily of interest to Historians, although it is also useful for those researching area studies. There is extensive information about the digitalisation project on the website and their workshops. Information about the authors is also provided, and the site features the work of more junior scholars, who have been awarded AHA Gutenberg-e prizes as well as more seasoned academics. The section on forthcoming works gives an impression of the rather random works published online and their abstracts. The site also has a search facility and is easy to navigate.
H-Albion is an online discussion group for British and Irish history. Discussions centre around research, historiographical debates and especially teaching methods at undergraduate and graduate level. Membership is free, and is needed to participate in the discussions. Non-members can search discussions by date of contributions ('logs') or thematically ('threads'). They may also access the teaching materials for British History course syllabi (survey, period and specialised). The book reviews are also freely available.
This site, a subsite of H-Net's H-German discussion network based at Michigan State University, features a scholarly debate on Daniel J. Goldhagen's 1996 monograph 'Hitler's Willing Executioners.' The book inspired extended discussion because its basic thesis assumed that the Germans generally were aware of and helped to support the events of the Holocaust. The subject is so hotly discussed that reviews of the book have inspired long threads which are posted on this page. Part of the discussion focuses on the degree to which Goldhagen challenged an orthodoxy regarding German culpability, beyond which scholars were (and are) tacitly not permitted to go. There are also counter arguments, stating that the orthodoxy goes in the other direction. Historians will find this an especially interesting example of historiography in practice, and as such the site will serve as a historiographical teaching tool. The site's examination of responsibility will also open up questions for researchers working in fields such as philosophy and anthropology.
The website "H-Net Reviews" is a part of the humanities and social sciences online resource H-Net, based at the University of Michigan. It is regularly updated and features a variety of reviews of books of interest to historians. The reviews are published online via discussion networks and the H-Net website. The reviews are then discussed online, providing feedback for both the reviewer and the author. There is a reviews archive which can be browsed, and a search facility for finding reviews. A list of recent reviews is also featured. This page features a link to other academic networks focusing on specific subjects, such as 'H-africa', 'H-women', 'habsburg', and 'H-quilts', for example.
The Helpers website, or 'higher education Libraries in your PERsonal history reSearch', is designed to broaden access to the holdings of the University of London's libraries and archives. The intended audience is life-long learners rather than academics and traditional users of these libraries and as such provides detailed, clear guidelines to using the archives, designing research questions, searching and browsing documents and so on, in the context of researching family and local history. It is intended to serve those who have already completed some research and are looking to deepen their knowledge and broaden the range of resources they use. Forming the bulk of the site are the 'Helpers Descriptions', informative and accessible descriptions of the collections and archives held by the University of London. These descriptions not only explain the contents of the collections but also tell users how to make the most of the resources and how to access them. Accompanying this database is a useful tutorial guiding users through browsing and searching the descriptions, and using the site's glossary: hovering over highlighted words in the descriptions (and indeed throughout the site), reveals helpful explanations in the right hand panel. A research tutorial is also provided, which explains how to formulate a research question, identify and search useful archives, and how to interpret documents found. The site's guide to using university libraries and archives will be of particular interest to those unfamiliar with working in these environments. These two resources will serve the general public, new undergraduate students and young researchers alike. Links to related online resources, such as beginners' guides to local and family history, organizations, tutorials, and online archives will enable users to get a broader view of what is available online. Clearly presented, informative and accessible, the Helpers website is a must for anyone needing assistance with their research into local or family history.
The Heroic Age is a freely available, peer reviewed electronic journal concerned with the history, archaeology and literature of northwestern Europe from the end of the Roman Empire to the start of the Norman Empire. The Heroic Age aims to bring together professional historians, students, independent historians and amateurs in order to open up debate and new lines of investigation. The main geographic focus of the journal is Britain, Ireland and their North Sea neighbours. The site includes: reviews of websites and books (both fiction and non-fiction); a section on archaeological investigations; announcements; an extensive links section; and a blog. There is also an announcements list which enables registered users to receive emails about new issues, calls for papers and other relevant information. The website is straightforward to browse and the archive of past issues has a search engine. All material is presented in English.
The website 'Employability Resources' is a subpage of the main site of The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology. It features employment statistics for the humanities and especially history, classics and archaeology. Links off the main list provided on the homepage open up to many pages of extensive information, some of which is available through links to external sites. The resources gathered here include or deal with: journals and conferences on employability in the humanities; the employability of history graduates; adult learners in archaeology; archaeology labour market intelligence; enterprise and career management skills; how to present skills developed though a humanities education to employers; developing team-building skills in archaeology; and various sources on the relationship between the curriculum and careers which graduates ultimately attain. This information will be of particular interest to humanities doctoral students who are job hunting.
Linking Research and Teaching is an online report created by the professor Alan Booth for The Higher Education Academy. It is aimed for historians who are starting as lecturers. The text focuses on the connection between research and teaching, and offers essays, links and subpages with information on: history teaching techniques such as student log-keeping; student Web projects; how to transform research into a taught course; encouraging collaborative learning and student research on computing and history modules; and other case studies with examples on innovative teaching approaches derived from research. The page can be downloaded in PDF, RTF or plain text formats.
'Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology' is a subpage of the History, Classics, and Archaeology Division of the Higher Education Academy. These pages focus on teaching techniques for discussing diversity as it relates to the study of the past in the United Kingdom. The site offers a number of resources for teachers, with sections on: Employability; Widening Participation; and E-learning. Each subsite offers guides; projects and reports; and further resources on the university's homepage and on the Web. Also, there is a page dedicated to each of the subjects, containing information on: resources for teaching, funding opportunities; guides for teaching practice; projects; news; networks and groups. The site secondly features a list of past, current and future events related especially to history curricula and classics colloquia which address pedagogical issues of diversity. The site also offers a links page, onsite search engine and contact form.
Historia is an online magazine in French, devoted to history. The website comprises three main sections: reference history; thematic history; and monthly history. Topics covered include: discussions on historicity; Jesus in his time; and traditions. The range of timespans covered is vast, from the pre-historic to contemporary events. The online version contains only a selection of the material found in the printed version, and there are also subscription details and information about the full-text printed magazine. Tables of contents are freely available though. This publication is well-designed and illustrated, and is published monthly.
Published by the Spanish Asociación de Historia Actual, Historia Actual Online (ISSN 1696-2060) is an ejournal which publishes articles, reviews, research notes, commentaries and comments on books concerning all areas of contemporary history. It is edited by Julio Pérez Serrano at the University of Cádiz, and is supported by an international editorial board. The journal is peer reviewed and all articles and content are freely available on the site. The journal carries a significant number of articles in Spanish and French, and a small number of articles in English. Users can search articles using a keyword search, or browse the contents by author or abstract.
The web site Historia Anglii (A history of England) is in Polish and is an amateur project run by undergraduate students of English history in Poland. Clearly a lot of work has gone into this site, and it is easy to navigate and well-designed. The site consists of articles, a calendar section which has an on-this-day feature, and a contemporary section with news from England. Although the site is technically about England, other parts of the British Isles do occasionally gain a mention. It is an informative site, which is provides an interesting insight into Polish views on English history. A good site for Poles or Polonia learning about English history, which can also provide materials for teachers of Polish.
"Historia od ... do" is a website which functions as a repository of online essays in Polish. There appears to be no indication of academic regulation. The site's content chronology begins in the sphere of ancient history and ranges right up to the twentieth century. The essays are also available in a printable form. This is a useful service providing information which, as any web content, needs to be verified independently. Subjects covered include: Ancient Greece; the Roman Republic; the formation of the Polish State; the beginnings of the New World; the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation; and the Spring of Nations. This site could be of use for students of Polish language, history and culture.
This is the website for the Historical Science Society of Japan, an organisation which promotes research on historical themes and the spread of knowledge about history, via symposiums, seminars and scholarly meetings. Its monthly publication, the Journal of Historical Studies (Rekishigaku Kenkyū), contains articles, book reviews and research notes, and the lists of contents of issues from 2000 onwards are available on the site, along with abstracts of the main articles. The section called Appeals is particularly interesting, as it presents commentaries by the society on historical issues that are controversial in Japan, such as school history textbooks. The site is available in a fairly basic English version and a more comprehensive Japanese one. The latter includes: details of other publications from the Society; information on sectional meetings; past 'appeals'; and reports on the various research activities of the Society, particularly the annual conferences (with abstracts). There is also a list of links to other relevant websites (research institutes; libraries; scholarly associations; history education; and public bodies).
Founded in 1921, the Institute of Historical Research is part of the University of London, and functions as an international meeting place for historians. Its website reflects that function, containing a wealth of information in seven IHR branches (with the last three constituting affiliated study centres): the library ; courses and seminars ; fellowships and awards ; research tools ; Victoria County History (VCH) ; Centre for Metropolitan History (CMH) ; and the Institute for Contemporary British History (ICBH). The site also provides related links and a bulletin board for and about professional historians based in the United Kingdom.The library site has an online catalogue and describes the IHR's holdings for British and European history of imperial, diplomatic, political and military affairs.Listings of IHR courses, events and funding change regularly. These pages offer everything from courses in palaeography to an invaluable online list of fellowships and grants.Research tools has eight extensive subsites. These are: Higher Clergy ; Office-Holders ; Reviews in History ; History in Focus ; Projects' Archive ; Electronic Journal of International History ; RHS Bibliography ; History On-line. The offerings here include: alphabetical lists of higher English and Welsh clergy from the early modern period ; online academic and historiographical reviews, articles and papers (either in full form, synopses or indexes) ; searchable bibliographies for British and Irish history ; and a large collection of history links.IHR's affiliated subsites -- the VCH, CMH, and ICBH -- provide details on conferences and seminars ; research projects ; publications ; annual reports ; libraries. The VCH, begun in 1899, aims to provide a complete academic history of all English municipalities. The CMH focusses on the history of London as a metropolis in the context of other cities' histories. The ICBH outlines its postgraduate programme and seminars aimed at the study of British history since World War II.Navigability is best through the main page and the sitemap, revealing the full extent of this impressive resource for professional historians in the UK.
This is the website of History Compass, a scholarly, peer-reviewed e-journal from Blackwell Publishing which is devoted to original survey articles covering all major aspects of the discipline. While this is a subscription-based journal, free trials are available from this site, together with sample articles and podcasts. Articles are not traditional reports on historical research but rather surveys of recent historiography, on-going interpretive debates, and suggestions for fresh directions of inquiry. An index of all the articles published to date can be browsed and all abstracts may be read in full. Articles are gathered in regional sections, which should assist those working in particular area studies fields find relevant information rapidly. A user guide to Compass, and teaching guides are also provided.
The website "History Guide" is an excellent database of annotated links to Internet sites with information related to history. It is of use to the general historian as well as the specialist researcher. Resources can be searched by region (Europe is divided into Central Europe, Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern and Western Europe and Great Britain and Ireland), time period, or subject, as individual or combined searches. The time periods consist of prior to 499 CE, Middle Ages, Early Modern, 19th century, and 20th century, a rather arbitrary periodisation. Subject categories include laws and constitution, society, culture and economy. The links are described as records, with extensive metadata based on Dublin Core guidelines. Fortunately there are also both quick and advanced searches for a more refined method of obtaining information. Results can be sorted in a variety of ways. Journals, source materials, general and special bibliographies are included in the catalogue. There is also a link to the Virtual Library of Anglo-American Culture. The main page offers recommended sites for exploration. This service is maintained in cooperation between Göttingen State and University Library (History Guide) and Bavarian State Library (InformationsWeiser Geschichte).
The website "History Heads: Journeys Through Time" accompanies a Channel 4 programme entitled "Secrets of the Stone Age". The series concentrated on discovering how advanced our Stone Age ancestors were. Following in the footsteps of anthropologist Richard Rudgley, "Journeys in Time" examines the technology and skills behind: Stonehenge; the Lascaux and Niaux caves; the Great Pyramid at Giza; and the neolithic temples on Malta and Gozo. As well as the archaeological information revealed by such sites, the website also examines the human aspect. It focuses on everyday life, and shows how theories on the origins of man have been changed by recent finds. An informative and basic website that provides a good selection of further reading and related external websites.
The website "History Heads : Saladin, Richard the Lionheart and the Legacy of the Crusades" is a Channel 4 site that accompanies a feature-length documentary. It contains an essay by Dr Jonathan Phillips of Royal Holloway, University of London, which discusses the fate of Jerusalem as it passed back and forth between Christian and Muslim hands in the 11th and 12th centuries. The legendary figures of Richard the Lionheart and Saladin are also discussed in the light of contemporary comparisons made, as Phillips writes, "in the immediate aftermath of Al-Qaeda's terror attacks on the United States". The author puts paid to the stereotypes that ensued and places the religious conflicts in their historical, intellectual and social contexts. An interesting aspect of this essay is the changing nature of how the Crusades were viewed and analysed by commentators such as David Hume, Sir Walter Scott, and Kaiser Wilhelm II. The site also contains a useful bibliography and list of pertinent external websites.
This website consists of the first issue in the 'History in Focus' series, hosted by the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. 'The Victorian Era' is a thorough, informed, and objective introduction to the period, surveying the diverse landscape of contemporary Victorian Studies scholarship and encouraging visitors to draw their own conclusions regarding the issues discussed. The content of the website is divided into six main sections: men and women; Ireland; asylums; law and order; politics; and the Great Exhibition. Each section provides links to numerous full-length book reviews, often accompanied by the author's response, as well as other online resources. In addition, the site provides bibliographical information about books and articles published by UK academic publishers; an annotated directory of Web resources; links to reviews published in the 'Reviews in History' journal; a directory of current and past research projects undertaken in the United Kingdom in the field; extracts from Victorian diaries; and a guide to researching family history.
The History Journals Guide is an online database of history journals, discussion lists, online articles, and online bibliographies for historians. Fortunately, the search engine provided by the site seems to be fast and efficient, and uses a star-rating system to sort results. Full bibliographical details are given for publications, including references to their websites where available and a description of the focus of each publication. The Guide includes a news section which reports on newly added journals in the database as well as providing information of more general interest to historians such as calls for papers. Short articles and comments relating to history journals are also sometimes posted in the news area. The website holds archives of the news section, and individuals and institutions may subscribe to the service in order to receive updates via email. The website is functional and quick, and should prove invaluable to historians seeking journals to subscribe to or publish in.
This website provides hyperlinks to historical journals on the web. For each link there is a brief description of the focus of the journal in question, this description is given in the primary language of the journal. The site aims towards a comprehensive coverage of European and American journals. Over 1,200 journals had been catalogued. The journals are listed alphabetically rather than by subject area, which may result in somewhat laborious searching. The site also provides links to reviews of itself on further sites that also detail other similar sites and related services.
The History of Ireland - Primary Documents website is part of the EuroDocs primary documents guide from the Brigham Young University, Utah, USA. This site provides links to (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. These documents are intended to shed light on key historical happenings within the Ireland (and within broader political, economic, social and cultural history) including: the Bull of Pope Adrian IV Empowering Henry II to Conquer Ireland 1155; the Potato Famine 1846-1851; the Irish Constitution, John F. Kennedy's and Tony Blair's addresses before the Irish Parliament, and the Proposed Northern Ireland Peace Agreement (Good Friday Agreement) from the twentieth century.
The History of the United Kingdom: Primary Documents website forms part of the larger EuroDocs wiki site, created by Richard Hacken at Brigham Young University. This site provides links to over one hundred documents relating to the history of the UK from the eighth century to the present day. The documents have been chosen on the grounds that they relate to key historical events. The documents linked to on the site include, for example, Ruthwell Cross runic inscriptions, Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, The Statutes of William the Conqueror, the Magna Carta, The Elizabethan Homilies 1623, Proclamation of Rebellion 1775 and documents from the First World War and the Second World War. The documents are available as transcriptions or facsimiles of the originals. The site is part of the support provided by Harold B. Lee Library of the Brigham Young University (BYU) for the academic and religious mission of the BYU, (Utah), and its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
History On-Line for Learning and Teaching provides evaluated online reference resources. There are currently over 40,000 records in the databases, giving bibliographic details for books and articles, UK university lecturers, UK current and past research, and links to evaluated websites. History On-Line receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). It was developed in conjunction with the Humbul Humanities Hub (now part of Intute: Arts and Humanities).
This website provides access to a number of timelines from various points in history. The navigation is very simple and easy to use: there are timelines of 'people', of the 'USA', of 'places', and of 'events'. In each section, there are a number of quite detailed timelines (for example, timelines of Oprah Winfrey, George Washington, Tiger Woods, the Kings and Queens of England/Britain, or the American Revolution) which are straight-forward to read and understand. While the website does not really provide any in-depth discussion or material, it will work best as an introduction to a given topic. The breadth of time covered is perhaps this site's greatest strength.
History Today, founded in 1951 and available in both print and online, is a leading general history journal, covering all aspects of the subject. Its online version offers current, recent and archived issues going back to 1980. Advised by professional historians, the editors of the magazine have aimed the journal at both academics and the general public. As such, its offerings are well written and researched, but tend to avoid the drier aspects of purely professional academic journals. Non-registered users can see a small number of articles, but users must register to gain access to the online archive and all other written pieces. Users must pay a subscription fee to gain access to the archive. The site contains a sub-magazine, the History Review, a journal for A Level and undergraduate students. It offers book reviews along with practical discussions for students of history as they encounter their subject matter online and in the classroom. Again, a subscription fee for full access applies. An Encyclopaedia section offers a historical dictionary and time-line that runs from 3,600,000 BC to the recent past. A Book Review section provides reviews of recent academic monographs; these vary in length and approach according to the intended audience. There is also an online book recommendation section with shorter reviews. Profiles of leading publishers in the discipline and service providers are also available. There is a subscriptions and shop section offering various types of gift subscriptions, among other subject-related sundry items. Users can also place notices in the classified section. The site has a search engine enabling internal searches. In general, the site is well conceived and easy to navigate.
The website of the "History Workshop Journal" is published by Oxford University Press (OUP) and provides information on the English-Language journal. The highly-respected journal (print ISSN: 1363-3554 and online ISSN:1477-4569) published twice a year features articles, reviews, and conference notices. Established in 1976, it claims "lively engagement with contemporary concerns". The editorial board includes experts such as: Felix Driver; Laura Gowing; Lyndal Roper; Janet Nelson; Andy Whitehead; and Matt Cook. The usual details on submission of articles, subscription rates, and editorial policy are also published on the site. The archive stretches back to 1976. Topics featured include: Mona Lisa; gender and coffeehouse milieu in post-Restoration England; the emergence of the female criminal in India; James Ellroy; and Victorian spies. Online tables of contents and abstracts only can be seen without subscription. An excellent resource for historians at undergraduate, postgraduate, and research levels.
History.uk.com is an online listings directory of people, places and organisations involved or connected to history in the United Kingdom. There are over 28,000 listings available on the site, covering history from a basic level right through to academic research. The listings can be searched by keyword, or browsed through a list of topics. These are time period, culture, ideas, nature, objects, places, public bodies and research tools. In addition to the listings the site also features a substantial timeline, short feature essays, recent historical news, and a DIY history section that features information on how to begin researching in particular areas. Although a commercial site and thus quite loaded with advertisments, it can be of use for its wide range of possible searches and topics covered. Reenactment fans or those interestes in historic recipes could have a starting point for their online research here. A free newsletter is offered for those willing to subscribe.
Historyworld is an online history resource aimed at school-age students. Created by Bamber Gascoigne, and included in the National Grid for Learning, it is a website that covers world history, across all periods. On the site users can browse through the 400 historical topics covered, access a selection of timelines, and read specialist articles written by experts. Although being designed with school students in mind, the contents of the site are of a good quality, and could be used by undergraduates and life-long learners. The contributors include an impressive list of heritage institutions, including the Wellcome Trust and the National Portrait Gallery. In addition there is also the Ocean Index, a web gateway of some 12,000 links to history websites. Navigation is ostensibly clear and professionally designed, but extensively hyperlinked in a way that is sometimes counter-intuitive. The narrative is in the present tense, which is slightly disconcerting. The site contains advertising.
This academic publishing guide [PDF], published by the Institute for Historical Research (IHR), gives valuable advice to historians and other academics wanting to publish their first journal article or research monograph. It consists of contributions from authors, editors and academic publishers on topics like 'Getting your first article started'; 'Approaching a publisher and getting a contract'; 'Developments in electronic publishing'; 'Preparing a camera ready copy' etc. and is complemented by a helpful list of additional resources and further reading.
"World History : HyperHistory" is an innovative website displaying 3,000 years of world history. Although there is a US bias, this resource is particularly strong on the Second World War. This is an expanding scientific project that has received acclaim and recognition from scholars and from other educational online resources. The site's sophisticated presentation in particular is novel. Over 2,000 articles are interconnected throughout the site with links to an interactive combination of colourful graphics, lifelines of important persons of world historical importance, civilisation time-lines, and historical maps, events and facts. The time-lines convey a perspective of world historical events, and because such a diagram makes it possible to see many things at the same time, it is called a "synchronoptic chart", (or "parallel views"). Therefore one can see at a glance the time-line of recorded history, displaying the relationships with scientific, cultural and religious facts and events, in combination with textual information and several hundred links to the Internet.
The Channel 4 website "In Clio's Bedroom: Sex in History, History in Sex" features an essay in which eminent historian Dr James Davidson of Warwick University examines the impact of the relatively new interest in the role of sex in history. Influenced largely by his classical background, Davidson discusses the impact that paying closer attention to the role of sex in the political, private, and public spheres, has had on historical interpretation. Biography, social and cultural history have all benefited from this analysis and from some anthropological cross-fertilisation of conceptualisations. Davidson explores many subsequent theories on varying forms of sexuality, including those of Foucault, Weston la Barre, and Sergent. An excellent thought-provoking essay. The site accompanies the actual TV documentary broadcast on Channel 4 in 2002. Further reading online and in printed books is suggested on the site.
In the Service of Clio is a blog authored by Nicholas Evan Sarantakes which provides extensive information and regular new pieces advising junior historians. Sarantakes, a U.S. diplomatic, political, and military historian, states his aim is "to share some of the insights I have learned on how the historical profession works." His counsel on career management includes interviews with History PhDs who work outside of academia, the plight of adjunct instructors, and highly detailed commentaries on publishing strategies. He also describes and comments on articles from trade papers and professional association magazines which relate to employment, tenure, research, funding, salaries, mobility, family and similar issues. This site will be of use not only to younger scholars studying history and contemplating a career, but also to those interested in the history of the historical profession itself, and of the liberal professions generally at the current time.
The Institute for Name-Studies is concerned with research into English place-names and personal names and is based at the University of Nottingham. The institute also houses the offices and libraries of the English Place-Name Society (EPNS). The site contains information about the institute and the studies conducted there. This website makes available an online version of the Institute's database titled A Key to English Place-Names. This project, which is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), aims to provide access to information about the origins of the names of England's towns and villages. The page allows the user to access etymological information about the names of the 14,000 English parishes in the 42 historic counties through a digitised map. Users select the county they wish to explore, and are taken to a county map. Clicking on a place-name opens a pop-up window displaying the etymological information for that name. The site can be browsed using an alphabetical county index that links to lists of parishes within each county. The search function allows users to search by name or by elements within the name, and may be restricted by county and by the original language of the place-name. At the time of cataloguing, the search by name was not working, but the other search functions produced results. The pop-up windows showing etymological information also contain some unexplained codes or references. This website is likely to be of considerable general interest, as well as being a very valuable research tool for linguists, historians and students of local history.
A joint project of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Columbia University's East Central European Centre, Intermarium is a new online journal that treats the postwar history of the region in a manner that is intriguing and original. It is intended for an academic audience, and features several prominent professional academic contributors. Bolstered by a neat set of book abstracts, yet sparse links and conference announcements, the journal provides a substantial contribution to scholarship on the area 'between the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black seas'. The collection of articles implicitly reveals a focus that marries historical analysis and contextualisation to careful political commentary. As a result, the journal manages successfully to point to something more elusive and difficult: the modern mentality of Central Europe. The articles outline the real implications of the moral, cultural, social, and philosophical choices of the region's inhabitants during and after the Second World War. In this respect, Intermarium's historiographical pieces are perhaps of greatest interest.The site is easy to navigate, with all articles listed in links which open up essays in PDF format. The site could benefit from further information about the journal itself.
The Internet African History Sourcebook has been compiled by an academic, and published by Fordham University. It features a wide range of material on the history of many of the countries in Africa, with primary documents, journal articles and links to assessed websites. The material is arranged under the following headings, General African History, African Origins, Egypt, Ancient African Societies, Greek and Roman Africa, Africa and Islam, Ethiopia and Christianity, African Societies, the Impact of Slavery, European Imperialism, the Fight for Independence, and Modern Africa. The Internet African History Sourcebook covers the continent's history from around 3000 BCE until the late twentieth century, although some eras have more material than others. This is a useful site, though users should be aware that it isn't regularly updated and some of the listings are no longer current.
The IreAtlas townland database is a "searchable database of all the towns and townlands in Ireland as used for the 1851 census, detailing the County, Barony, Civil Parish, Poor Law Union and Province for that Town or Townland." The database allows for a wide range of searches, including searching for all the towns and townlands, baronies or parishes in a given county. The database is hosted on the Leitrim-Roscommon genealogy website. It should be of use to historians and those researching their family history. The site is a continuation of an original research initiative conceived by the late John Broderick (aka SeanRuad).
The website of the Irish Society for Archives (ISA) introduces this association, which was founded in 1970 "to promote the place of archives in Irish society". The website offers an online newsletter, a page dedicated to the ISA's journal (articles not online), and membership and contact details. Its links page is indispensable as a hub for archives in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. The website is maintained by the Archives Department of University College Dublin. The links page is divided into four sections, one each for: Statutory and Professional Bodies; Irish Archives Services; Northern Ireland; and Museums. The second section, on Irish Archives Services, is further divided into four sub-sections: Universities; Manuscript Libraries; Public Records/Local Studies; and Specialist Repositories.
This is the Web archive of the working seminar papers presented at the 'Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America' at Columbia University. This weekly seminar event invites Fellows to trace the progress of their research. Most of these papers are then placed online. At April 2009 the Archives run from 2002 to 2009. Some are only in abstract form, but many are freely-available as full-text copies in PDF form. Many papers are likely to be of interest to historians, especially historians of Italy and of the Roman Empire. An example of full-text titles include: 'Communism and Anti-Communism in Italy, 1945-1989'; 'Creating Christian Rome: Households, Bishops and the Spiritual Politics of Domestic Space in Late Antiquity'; 'Subliminal Perception and Music: A Brief Survey'; 'The Anti-Judaic Tradition and the Birth of an Anti-Jewish Anti-Capitalism'; 'In the Mind’s Eye: Thought Pictures and Ethereal Presences'; and 'The pictorial discourse of the imaginary in Early Modern Italy', among others.
The Iter project offers a series of online bibliographic databases pertaining to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (400-1700). Access to the databases is available only to members of subscribing institutions and individual subscribers: subscription information is available from the site. The main Iter database contains more than a million bibliographic records for books, journal articles, reviews, and other scholarly material, and is updated daily. Lists of journals and essay collections indexed are provided. Other resources accessible via the Iter interface include a John Milton bibliography; Iter Italicum, a catalogue of Renaissance humanistic manuscripts; Baptisteria Sacra, which offers descriptions of fonts from the early Christian period to the 17th century; and the International Directory of Scholars. A number of journals can also be accessed through the site.
The Jacobite Studies Trust is a charitable educational trust supporting academic research into the Jacobite movement, and is run by an international committee of leading historians. The Trust's website provides information on the Trust's administration and objectives, which include the ambitious intention to extend scholarly studies into the whole Jacobite diaspora across Europe, North America and the West Indies. The hope is that the full extent of the political, social and economic influence of Jacobites can be explored over the late 17th and 18th centuries. Details of the Trust's academic programme are supported by a comprehensive bibliography (available to download as a PDF file), and a register of current research (also available as a PDF file).
The website "Janus : the University of Maryland Undergraduate History Journal" is an online student-run journal, with academic advisors checking materials submitted. The site is easy to navigate and earlier editions (the journal was established in 2001) are archived. All essays can be downloaded in a printable version (Word format, HTML or PDF) and most are full journal length. Essays are fully footnoted and referenced and presented in a scholarly manner. The site provides information for submitting articles, contact details, and notices of forthcoming events. Articles include: "Island of Dreams, Island of Fears : Conflicting Representations of Ellis Island"; "Jacob Burckhardt : History as Education and Culture"; "Red Star : Bridging the Intellectual Divide within the Early Bolshevik Party"; and "A Different Sort of Christian, a Different Sort of Christ: The Conversion of Constantine the Great".
The website "Joseph Stalin and the industrialisation of the USSR" is part of the National Archives (Public Record Office) series of educational websites entitled "Heroes and Villains", and can be used as a basic introduction or swift refresher for those who need to gain a quick grasp of leading figures of the 20th century. It can also be used as a teaching tool. This discussion of Stalin as a hero or villain is necessarily simplified, focusing on industrialisation and the transformation of the Soviet Union (USSR) into a world superpower. This site unwittingly poses a provocative question, and exposes the reluctance to see Stalin (a former Western ally) as a figure who at least equalled, if not surpassed, Hitler in murder, cruelty and devastation.
The Journal for Multimedia History is an annual peer reviewed full-text electronic journal. It is based at the Department of History at the University at Albany, State University of New York and is available free of charge over the WWW. The journal does not limit itself to any particular period of history. The journal aims to make use of multimedia technologies to bring serious historical scholarship to a wide ranging audience. The articles in the journal make use of a variety of different media to present information in a way which is not possible in a paper based journal. Use is made of audio recordings, video streaming, hyperlinks, images etc. The journal for multimedia history hopes, however, to go further than adapting traditional scholarship to the WWW as it aims to provide an opportunity to experiment with innovative interactive media forms and the ways in which these can be used to teach and research history. The journal is presented in an effective manner and is easy to navigate. Three issues are posted on the site, the latest from 2000.
'The Journal of Chinese Studies' is an academic journal published in paper form and online. The Journal was originally named 'The Journal of the Institute of Chinese Studies' (1969-1992), and it is published by The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Journal ranges widely over Chinese history and culture. The website is in English and Chinese, and has tables of contents for issues 37 to 48 in the current series. Articles in Chinese are accompanied by a precise English title and a detailed English-language summary. There are also occasional full-text articles in English, such as: 'The Stained Mirror of History: The Historical, Liberal, and Religious Imagination on Hong Sheng's Changsheng Dian'; and 'Traditions of Political Dissent in Tang China'.
The Ireland Collection, developed by JSTOR in cooperation with Queen's University Belfast, is an interdisciplinary online collection of journals and other materials from the 1780s to the present. This was funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme. When this is completed users from UK FE and HE and research councils (as well as all free for not-for-profit orgainsations in Ireland) will have online access to more than 75 journals and 200 monographs across the arts, humanities, and sciences in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, and archaeology. As well as current journals, ceased journals from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and 2,500 manuscript pages will also be included. This collection may be browsed by title, or searched for in the search interfaces across the whole of JSTOR.
This is the home page of the University of Graz's History department, which dates back to 1866, but proudly states that historical studies at the university go back to the early eighteenth century. The department lists its specialists who have held chairs in its main areas of study through the course of its existence: Austrian history; General Modern history; Ancient history and Classics; Medieval history; General Economic and Social history from the Middle Ages to the present; South East European history; and General Contemporary history. Descriptions of affiliated faculty are excellent. Their recent publications, lectures, course readings, and contact details are comprehensively listed. Past and present research projects conducted by members of the department are described in a series of large subsites. Internally, work is conducted within the areas of specialty of the department, ranging from Latin American history to patriarchal structures in the Balkans. Externally, members of the department contribute to the Kommission für Kulturwissenschaften und Theatergeschichte, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Commission for Cultural Studies and Theatre History, Austrian Academy of Sciences), among other projects. Departmental publications include the Jahrbuch für Geschichte Lateinamerikas (Yearbook for the History of Latin America), which features article abstracts mainly in English and Spanish.An extensive links page provides links relevant for academic research arranged in the following categories: archives; libraries; databanks; discussion forums; academic institutes and departments; institutions; Internet catalogues; congresses and lectures; lexicons; museums; primary sources sites; intellectual history resources; publishers; web projects; and journals. Navigation and site structure are outstanding, and could serve as a example for academic web designers.
This is the website of "La Storia siamo noi: la televisione da conservare" [History is us: television to be preserved], a popular and well-regarded television programme, produced by the Radiotelevisione italiana (RAI) and directed by Gianni Minoli, a reputable journalist. The site makes available videos, photographs, articles and biographies relating primarily to Italy and Italian history. Coverage of more general topics and other historical events are present too however. Accessible are full-length videos of some of the television programmes as broadcast by the RAI. Each episode covers a specific theme, such as: the Italian Resistance; political terrorism; the Italian feminist movement. An archive section offers access to past programmes and videos, including, for example, the first television news broadcast by RAI on the third of January 1954. A chronological section allows users to browse events listed by the year. An internal search option is available too. The television programme and content of the site, though aimed at the general public, are well-structured and informative and would be of interest to scholars and researchers too.
The website "Learning Curve: Heroes and Villains" is part of the National Archives' educational programme. It examines key figures of the 20th century and the issues they were confronted with, and asks the student to judge whether they deserve to be remembered as a villain or hero. Basic evidence is presented, but these sites can be used as a springboard for discussion. Topics examined include: Mussolini and Abyssinia; Stalin's industrialisation of the Soviet Union; Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb; John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis; and Winston Churchill and Dresden. In each section a helpful timeline of important events is provided. The attraction of this site is the primary documentation that accompanies the discussions.
'Magazine of History: A Quarterly Magazine for Teachers of History' is an ejournal and magazine published by the Organization of American Historians. Almost all issues from the years 1992 to 2002 are available online in full-text form. But for the years 2003 to 2008, only tables of contents and occasional full-text articles are freely available. The magazine contains essays, lesson plans, and reviews. Issues are commonly themed. Among the full-text articles available are: 'Politics as Social History: Political Cartoons in the Gilded Age'; 'The Family in the Fifties: Hope, Fear, and Rock 'n Roll'; and 'African-American History: Origins, Development, and Current State of the Field', among others. There are also bibliographies such as 'Select Bibliography of the Korean War'. The website has details of the publishers, editors, subscription prices, and submission details. There are details of the printed back-issues available for mail-order purchase. This journal will be especially useful for those teaching aspects of the history of North America.
Magazine Stacks is an excellent resource with journal listings for primarily German journals, but also some historical journals written in English. The site provides tables of contents to a great range of academic journals, which are accessible via an alphabetised list. The site also includes a database of doctoral dissertations completed in Germany within the humanities going back to 1882, still under construction at the time of review, with active listings mainly from the 1880s and 1890s. Festschriften are covered according to main author or editor in another alphabetised list. There are further collections of translations and exhibition catalogues. Well documented, clearly explained, and easy to navigate, the site will prove valuable to researchers with an interest in German-language history. However, this resource does not appear to be updated frequently, so may not include the latest material. At the time of last review, many of the table of contents did not appear to be listed past 2003.
This website, 'The Magnificent, the Merry and the Mundane: the display windows of the Eaton's department store', recounts the history of the famous Canadian department store, founded by Timothy Eaton in 1869, two years after Confederation. A fixture in Canadian urban life and associated with the country's establishment until its demise in 1999, this online exhibition conveys the complicated mixture of enterprise, Anglophilia, tradition and innovation that the business contributed to the Canadian ethos. Examples include the honours conferred upon the Eaton retailing family by the British royal family - but equally involve the Eatons' tough, globally expansive and cutting edge sales approaches that transformed the model of twentieth-century high-end retail. Part of the chain's reputation came from well-known, widely-distributed Eaton's catalogues and its stores' lavish displays. The latter are pictured here, ranging from memorial recreations of World War I battlefields; to lean Depression-era offerings; to tributes to Joseph Stalin during Victory in Japan (VJ) celebrations in 1945; to the royal tribute on Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953. British imperial themes were particularly noteworthy, as was the religious ethic that originally kept all windows curtained on Sundays. Generations of Christmas displays presented here reveal retail savvy as the chain expanded its toy merchandise; other themes included neo-Gothic Nativity creches, aboriginal references, and nostalgia for the company's small-town Victorian Ontario roots. Site pages on Eaton's annual Santa Claus parade detail attention-getting advertising techniques, such as those used in the 1916 parade, which ended in front of the chain's flagship store, with Santa climbing off his float, up a ladder, and into the window of the third floor toy department. There is a statement posted from the curator, Vid Ingelevics, of the Archives of Ontario concerning the chain's study of other department stores worldwide and its efforts to present itself as the leading national department store, ultimately casting itself as the incarnation of Canadian twentieth-century growth and sentiment. Cultural historians and fashion industry experts will also find useful scanned company documents posted throughout; archival information from T. Eaton Co. fonds, held at the Archives of Ontario, is provided.
The Map History / History of Cartography website provides a comprehensive guide to print and online resources in the subject. It is intended for scholars, family historians, teachers, and collectors. The content of the site is grouped according to material type or end-user, with sections such as: conferences and talks; discussion lists; exhibitions; globes; image sites; map collecting; map societies; news sources; teacher resources; web projects; journals; categorised reading lists; and so forth. Many sections are subdivided, and there are about 100 web pages in total. All resource links are helpfully annotated and are automatically checked on a regular basis. A keyword search engine is included with the site.
This is the website of the Association Marc Bloch dedicated to the French historian Marc Bloch (1886-1944), his life and work. The site is divided into sections, each exhaustive in its approach. Present is a detailed biography, subdivided into three different periods unfolding in chronological order, all accompanied by thumbnail images, which can be enlarged upon. A section is dedicated to the historian's work. Here can be found excerpts, prefaces and commentaries on particular texts such as: "The Historian's craft", written during Marc Bloch's imprisonment; "The Royal touch", "The Strange defeat", and other titles. Full bibliographical details are given. Additionally, a description of the "Annales", the journal originally established by Marc Bloch and Lucien Febvre, is present. Accounts of the historian's private and scientific archives are accessible, together with an inventory of the main fonds held. Marc Bloch's testament is fully transcribed and users can view transcriptions and digital reproductions of some of the historian's private papers and poems. A photographic section presents a sizeable number of images arranged in a chronological sequence. At the time of this review an English version of the site would appear to be under construction.
The Medieval Culture as experienced by Gargoyles website is an online museum exploring the relationship between gargoyles and medieval culture. It also functions as a practical example of the interaction between academia and the Internet, being originally created in 1997 for a course taught at Le Moyne College entitled 'Museums and Social Science'. The site includes gargoyles, chimeres and grotesques in its subject area, and provides background information on cathedrals, medieval culture, architecture and museology. It includes an architectural glossary, bibliography, links, and illustrated online exhibits of Notre-Dame de Paris, Notre-Dame de Reims, Victorian gargoyles at the Capitol Building, Albany, NY, and grotesque art. The site can be accessed from a variety of levels from children through to the most academic.
Mediaevum.de is a site devoted to high and late medieval German and Latin cultural history and literature. It provides a number of scholarly resources and tools, including: extensive links to relevant departments; details on funding, grants and scholarships; links to bibliographic sites; and links to special databases for medievalists, ranging from dictionaries to CD-ROMs to manuscript portals. Reviews are provided here on many indispensable Web sources, and thus this site constitutes an excellent starting point for researchers and students. A separate subsite for undergraduates lists bibliographic information and links to online texts. An overview is available in English; the remaining pages are in German. Regular news updates on site activities are posted and the site has its own search engine.
'Medieval Academic Discussion Groups' is an online listing compiled and maintained by Professor Edwin Duncan of Towson University, Maryland. The site provides details of: medieval academic discussion groups; their subject coverage; and mailing addresses. There is also a listing of related academic discussion groups. A few selected listservs also have a brief description and evaluation. The groups listed cover many different aspects of medieval studies, making the list of value to a large proportion of students and researchers in the field.
The website of The Medieval Academy of America provides information about this organisation, which promotes all aspects of medieval studies. The full text of selected articles from the Academy's online newsletter, "Medieval Academy News", are available to download as PDF or HTML files. A broad range of topics are covered including literature, social, political and environmental history, as well as issues relating to education in medieval history in schools, colleges and universities. Other features on the website include discussion forums, details of research grants available to students, a research guide for American medievalists and students visiting libraries and archives in Europe, relevant conferences and events, and a directory of the research interests of the Academy's members. The 'Science and Medicine databases' section of the website links to eTK, a digital resource based on Lynn Thorndike and Pearl Kibre, A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin Cambridge, MA: Mediaeval Academy, 1963; and eVK2, an expanded and revised version of Linda Ehrsam Voigts and Patricia Deery Kurtz, Scientific and Medical Writings in Old and Middle English: An Electronic Reference CD (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000).
The website "Medieval History Resources" is part of the School of History, Classics, and Archaelogy website at Birkbeck, University of London. It provides an overview of the teaching staff, their interests and research and is useful for those who are considering a degree in Medieval History. The page offers an annotated guide to key online resources for those studying or teaching Medieval History. It features links to external sites with resources on: general Medieval History; Medieval England; Medieval gender; Medieval piety; and bibliographies. Descriptions of current students' research projects are posted.
Reti Medievali is an online resource initiated by a group of scholars from the Universities of Florence, Naples, Palermo, Venice and Verona, with the aim of creating an online community of researchers with interest in various topics related to the Middle Ages. The material published on the website is peer reviewed. The website is divided into sections and provides access to full-text articles from the journal "Reti Medievali". Additionally present is a large searchable library of online specialist texts, including bibliographies and other research tools, available for downloading; access to a database of current and past events; access to abstracts and full-text of electronic monographs, including various downloading options; access to article and book reviews. The "News" pages provide highlights of most recent activities and publications. The structure of the website is very complex and the content is abundant in scholarly information clearly of substance to medievalists. Navigation is facilitated by the use of a general site map and index, as well as hypertext links throughout.
Medieval Studies Online is a website from the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds which offers a list of annotated links to valuable online resources for Medieval Studies. The links have been carefully chosen and described, and the site represents an excellent way for students and researchers to discover good scholarly websites for their field. The links are grouped by: type of resource (such as libraries, heritage and academic organisations, manuscripts, mailing lists); subject area (such as art history, archaeology, numismatics, drama, medieval topography, and religion and philosophy); and country (such as France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Britain and Ireland). Users will also find an extensive calendar of forthcoming events - lectures, seminars and conferences - of interest to Medievalists, and access to information about other publications from the Institute for Medieval Studies and well as details of its current projects. In short, this is a sophisticated and extremely useful gateway for Medieval Studies.
The Medieval World website is aimed at A and AS level History students and is part of the excellent Spartacus collection of resources. This section contains information on: Anglo-Saxons; Normans; medieval warfare; monarchs; medieval farming; and literature. Clicking onto one of these sections takes the user to a page of tabulated links for sub-sections. Each sub-section provides details such as biographies of leading figures, information on battles, everyday life and key events. For example, the literature section provides brief and basic information about medieval writers including Christine de Pisan, Bede, Ralph of Diss and Margery Kempe. Those new to medieval studies, particularly students, will find this site particularly useful. The site contains adverts for retail websites, which can be distracting.
Ménestrel is an online service created by a team of medievalists from various research centres in France, including École Nationale des Chartes, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, and Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris. The aim of this service is to promote the development of web-based European resources for the study of the Middle Ages, in particular of French resources; to promote the work of medievalists on an international level; and to contribute to a dynamic exchange of information among researchers. It also aims to make available freely a list of core electronic resources in the field of medieval studies. The website is very well structured and is updated regularly. It contains a wealth of information including a directory of contributing members, a gateway to useful online resources arranged by research themes, a link to electronic resources produced and published by various contributors, news and a calendar of events.
The Moving Image gateway (MIG) is a service from the BUFVC (British Universities Film & Video Council) which draws together websites relevant to "moving images and sound and their use in higher and further education". The site is arranged into a directory of four main disciplines: Arts and Humanities, Bio-Medical, Social Sciences and Science and Technology. The Arts and Humanities directory is further sub-divided. Each listed website has been evaluated and described by the BUFVC Information Service and sites which service online audio or video content are highlighted.
The website of the "National Museum of Ireland" introduces this cultural institution, which has collections and exhibitions at four sites, three in Dublin and one in County Mayo. The website provides information about all four: Decorative Arts and History; Archaeology and History; Natural History; and Country Life. The site is designed as an aid to planning visits to the museum's collections. Clear instructions are given throughout on how to book guided tours for schools and individuals. The Exhibitions sub-section in the Archaeology and History section is a very concise, vividly illustrated catalogue of the most important artefacts of prehistoric and medieval Ireland. The site also contains information on the services provided by the museum. These include guided tours, public lectures, weekend events, workshops and demonstrations, education resource rooms, and an information and resource service.
The website 'National Register of Archives' (NRA) provides indexes to the papers of approximately 150,000 corporate bodies, persons, and families relating to British History, with an additional 100,000 connected records. The NRA indexes provide details on the location of the records and on the availability of privately held documents. It is possible to search or browse the indexes. Simple or detailed searches can be carried out. Guidelines on how to search and browse effectively are available from the site. The NRA have produced a useful selection of information leaflets which provide details on how to locate material for various subject areas. These leaflets include, for example: sources for labour history; sources for business history; sources for local history; and sources for the history of the press.
NetSERF is an annotated gateway to well over a thousand websites on the medieval period. The site is well maintained, and has a clear structure which makes it easy to navigate. Links are divided into eighteen main categories: Archaeology; Architecture; Art; Arthuriana; Civilizations; Culture; Drama; History; Law; Literature; Music; Paleography; People; Philosophy; Religion; Science and Technology; Women; and Research Center. The categories are further subdivided, and there is also an advanced search function. As well as providing a gateway to Web resources, NetSERF offers an online glossary of medieval terms, with almost 1500 entries.
This English language, peer-reviewed, eJournal provides a forum for the academic study of Icelandic relationship with the Mediterranean and this region's impact on Icelando-Nordic culture and history. Articles and published conference proceedings include discussion of culture, the history of commerce, literature and philosophy.
The Normans, three centuries of achievement, 911 - 1204, is a website created by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, to accompany an exhibition of the same name held in 2004 which followed fortunes of the Normans in England, Sicily and Southern Italy. The website and exhibition were based on Dr William Conte's collection of Norman coins, which is in the Fitzwilliam's holdings. The site covers the following main areas: Scandinavian Homelands and Settlements Overseas; The Normans in Sicily and Southern Italy; The Norman Conquest; The Anarchy of the Reign of Stephen and Hoards and Site Finds. These sections trace the origins of the Normans and their rise and fall, including: the reigns of Robert Guiscard and Roger I in Sicily; William the Conqueror in Normandy and England and the conflict between Stephen and Matilda. The events of the period are described through the lens of the history of coinage. The exhibition is likely to be of use to those with an interest in numismatic history, as well as those looking for an overview of the Normans themselves. Each section is divided into sub-sections that include images of the coins, with brief descriptions setting them in their historical context. The site also includes maps illustrating the scope of Norman rule in Europe. Good quality large images of the coins, without the contextualising descriptions, can be viewed in the site's Gallery. The site includes a small selection of links for Norman history, and a link to the online version of Dr William Conte's collection. The site is informative and easy to use.
Old UK Photos is a non-commercial website that makes available thousands of old photographs depicting the towns and countryside of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the British Isles. The majority of the photographs are from the 1890s and the 1900s, with a significant number scanned from old postcards. The site may be searched, or browsed by country and county. At the time of review, while some areas were complete, others (such as those devoted to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) were still being developed (a small number of images were available). Contributions from the public are encouraged. While the advertisements on the site may prove distracting, this impressive collection of high resolution images constitutes a fascinating resource. Links to related websites are also provided.
"The Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR) collection provides online access to the complete British population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937. The collection goes far beyond the basic population reports with a wealth of textual and statistical material which provide an in-depth view of the economy, society (through births, deaths and marriages) and medicine during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These 200,000 pages of census and registration material for the British Isles are supported by numerous ancillary documents from The National Archives, critical essays and transcriptions of important legislation which provide an aid to understanding the context, content and creation of the collection."
The Online Resource Book for Medieval Studies (ORB) is a co-operative effort on the part of scholars across the Internet to establish an online textbook source for medieval studies. In principle, authors of the various articles that make up ORB maintain their own articles at their own locations. Each article is connected to ORB's Title Index, after having been judged by at least two peer-reviewers. In addition, each article is linked directly to related articles and other information available on the Internet. You can browse the collection by subject under the following headings: early; high; late; medieval Slavonic and Russian resources; religion; language and linguistics; and culture (including art and architecture, law, literature, music, philosophy, and women's studies). The website also holds resources for teaching and general 'hints and tips' for medieval historians, as well as generic information for the 'non-specialist'.
This Web page gives access to the full-text of 'Orient: Report of the Society for Near Eastern Studies in Japan' (1960-2004), and despite the word 'report' in the title this is actually a substantial academic journal. Tables of contents, abstracts, and PDF files of articles are all freely available online. The journal was published in English, with occasional articles in German and French, and was devoted to reports and scholarly articles on archaeological and historical topics, with forays into linguistics. Example article titles include: 'Historical problems of the early Achaemenian period'; 'Hadiths as historical sources for a biography of the prophet'; 'A Japanese view of Lord Cromer's rule in Egypt'; and 'A Century of Turkish Studies in Japan', among many others. The latest issue available at 2009 is the 2004 issue, a special on the history of glass and glass-making. This will be a useful full-text resource for those engaged in the historical study of the Near East. The journal issues are held on the Japanese central online archive of ejournals (which is presented in English, but which otherwise contains only scientific journals), and as such the page does not have details of editors and Editorial Board - but these may be found by browsing the preface of recent issues or by searching Google.
Original Historical Texts is a website published by an enthusiast of 16th and 17th century British history. On the site users will find a small selection of digitised texts taken from newspapers, covering the years 1588-1666. There are six articles featured, each covering an important historical event. These are Sir Francis Drake and the Armada, the execution of Guy Fawkes, the execution of Charles I, the death of Oliver Cromwell, the Plague, and an account of the Great Fire of London. All of the articles have been digitised from the original. The copies are high quality and easy to read, although a transcription would also be useful.
Founded in 1951, the Institute for East-European Studies at the Free University of Berlin specialises in the study of East Central Europe and Southeast Europe. However, recent work shows that this focus is expanding into the study of the Middle East and Asia. Of particular note are the institute's innovative online master's degree programs, especially in East European Studies; these landmarks in distance education are described at length with details on application and funding. Research in the institute is broken down into three divisions: Politics and Society; Law and Economy; and History and Culture. Research projects are described, with links to devoted subsites. The Politics and Society accredited projects boast a Shanghai summer school; the East European Studies Master's online; a double Master's in International Relations with a Washington D.C. exchange; and an International Relations online distance learning program, which focuses on the Persian Gulf region. The institute is developing a resource data bank on emerging markets, entitled ISI. Culture projects are grouped under a series of themes: aesthetic theory; media (including digital media) in Russian culture; literature, text media aesthetics and pragmatics; cultural theory; literature and cultural history; editorial projects; and doctoral dissertations and postdoctoral research. Other information is given for programs in History, Law, Sociology and Economics. Some divisions provide research papers online. Schedules for lectures and teaching are also posted.
The new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) was published by Oxford University Press in September 2004. Arguably the foremost reference work of its kind in the world, the DNB consists of over 50,000 detailed biographical entries describing the notable men and women who have helped shape British history, culture, and attitudes, from the fourth century BC to the present day. The dictionary includes: artists; scientists; doctors; business people; writers; performers; reformers; criminals; eccentrics; politicians; church leaders; military leaders; and scholars. The New DNB contains, in total, 62 million words of text, and 10,000 portrait illustrations. It is available as a 60-volume print edition and as an online subscription service. Regular updates to the online DNB are planned from January 2005. The website describes the creation of the dictionary and the criteria employed to select its subjects. It also hosts a news service, keeping users and contributors up to date with the latest developments. Sample entries from the DNB may be accessed from the project site via its 'lives of the week' section, which also offers a free daily email service. DNB subscribers can select from a variety of search options when using the dictionary. Searches may be conducted by date, field of interest, occupation, birthplace, education, residence, place of death or burial, or religious affiliation. Sophisticated full-text searching is also supported. There are featured themes that link the various individual records, as well as relevant cross-links from each page. Online subscribers also have access to the original version of the DNB, and may call up the earlier records for people whose biographies have since been updated. The new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography will undoubtedly be an essential resource for scholars across the arts and humanities disciplines.
The Web Site "Oxford History Journals" provides information on the variety of peer reviewed academic journals published by Oxford University Press (OUP) in English. OUP offers an excellent and free email alert system, so that the user can receive the latest table of contents from any OUP journal. Sample copies can be ordered and there are details of prices, ordering, rights and permissions, and subscriptions online. Titles published by OUP include the following: The Classical Quarterly; French History; History Workshop Journal; Industrial and Corporate Change; The English Historical Review; Journal of Islamic Studies; Past and Present; and Twentieth Century British History. This is a good resource for those conducting research in history.
'The Oxonian Review of Books' (ORB) is a full-text online journal that is "published three times a year by graduate members of the University of Oxford." The journal also features essays. At October 2007, 15 issues of ORB are freely available in either HTML or PDF format. The focus of ORB is on scholarly reviews of "recently published work in literature, politics, history, science and the arts". Drawings, photographs and poetry are also published occasionally. For potential contributors, the ORB website has details of the submission process and procedures.
Passionate About History is an online blog of articles covering the history of civilisation. Maintained since 2002, it offers a frequently-updated set of postings covering recent developments in history and archaeology, including information on such topics as: major exhibitions; archaeological discoveries; and interesting articles. Each posting is indexed by keyword and includes a link to the resource from which the information is derived. An eclectic, but well-chosen, set of postings, this is a well-organised site that could function as a useful current awareness resource.
The website "Pepys' London" was produced by the Museum of London in 2003 to support its exhibition commemorating the 300th anniversary of the death of Samuel Pepys. Pepys is most famous for his diary, which covers the years 1660 to 1669 and is one of the most entertaining and intimate records of the period. This web exhibition provides an overview of aspects of London life in Pepys' time, and links this material to extracts from Pepys' diary in order to give a picture of the man in his milieu. The site is divided into the following thematic sections: diary; the Navy; ships; fashion; health; politics; science; money; entertaining; food; the Great Fire; and the arts. Each section comprises a brief introduction and a selection of descriptions of items from the exhibition catalogue, some of which are accompanied by images. These images include: manuscripts; book title pages; prints; paintings; silver and china tableware; and various objects including items such as a pounce-box. The entire catalogue of exhibits may be browsed or searched, and individual images can be enlarged. The site also includes a list of resources under the heading 'Pepys' World'. However, some of these are now no longer active because the site is archived. The site is easy to use and navigate. This website would be a richer resource if all the descriptions of exhibition items were illustrated. Nevertheless, it will still be of interest to general readers, and the catalogue images may prove useful to students.
Perspectives Online is the electronic news magazine of the American Historical Association. It is a monthly newsletter which publishes news items, details of events, information on American Historical Association activities, letters, and articles. The website also has an online calendar of items which has details of meetings, seminars, exhibitions, fellowships, calls for papers, and Internet resources. An online archive of issues from 1995 onwards is available on the site. It is possible to search the archive or to browse it by date. Other features of the site include submission information for letters and articles, contact details, and information on affiliated organisations.
The Web Site popular culture has been published online by The Applied History Research Group, Calgary University in conjunction with Red Deer College. The tutorial discusses many areas of popular culture in North America and Europe. The areas focused on in greater depth consist of the following: sports and leisure; popular literature; popular art; popular music; and new media. The site features an extensive bibliography, image sources, and links to relevant sites. The chronology ranges from Ancient Greece to the twentieth century. The tutorials provide a basic introduction to concepts of popular culture and are a great resource for both students and teachers.
Through this website, the National Archives' Learning Curve programme makes available resources about politics and protest in the nineteenth century. The site is intended for teachers and pupils working through Key Stages 3 to 5, and provides support materials including worksheets and activities. It covers a broad spectrum of political activities, ranging from the work of Thomas Paine and the London Corresponding Society to Emily Davison and the Suffragettes, via the conditions of working girls in match factories. Although the site is aimed at school pupils, general readers may find the source material of interest. The site begins with an introductory section that gives background information on the political situation in 1800 and also indicates areas for students to investigate.The site is then divided into the following sections: Radicals; Luddites; Peterloo; Captain Swing; the Great Reform Act; Chartists; White slavery; and Suffragettes. Each of these sections includes an introduction which provides background information, and a selection of digital facsimiles of contemporary sources. These include: prints; newspaper reports; manuscript letters; printed letters and accounts; and broadsides. The document images are accessed via the right-hand navigation bar. Larger images are provided with a zoom and pan function, and all sections contain points for students to consider when reading the sources. Each section is accompanied by a worksheet for pupils, which can be downloaded as an RTF file, and some sections include activities. The Web pages of the site itself may be downloaded for printing as PDF files. The site also provides a timeline and notes for teachers. It is attractively designed, and pleasant and easy to use.
The website "Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland" is the online collection of this publication. The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland has been active since the late 18th century and began the publication of its Proceedings in 1851. The Proceedings quickly established itself as the Society's primary journal taking the place of Archaeologia Scotica (also available online via the ADS/ARCHway) and continues to this day. In 2002 the Society embarked on a Historic Scotland funded project to make the entire contents of the Proceedings available online in a digital format. The Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland deal with a wide range of subjects related to Scottish archaeology, artefacts and architectural history both within Scotland and within its wider British and European context. To date, the complete text of all volumes between 1 (1851-4) and 132 (2002) are available to download. Each volume has been scanned and split into its component articles which can be separately downloaded as PDF files via a volume-by-volume contents page.
This is the website for the Proceedings of the Western Society for French History which provides free online access to details about the society and its functions, as well as access to the peer-reviewed publications from the society's annual meetings. The society aims to promote the study and understanding of French and Francophone history. The volumes available online as of September 2009 are 31 to 35 (from 2003 to 2007). Each volume contains a number of publications - available in part on the Web page or in full in PDF format. Users should note that some of the articles are in French and no translations are provided.
ReadySteadyBook is an independent book review website, founded and edited by writer Mark Thwaite, whose work has appeared in PNR, Hesperus Magazine and Ink among others. Since 2002, ReadySteadyBook has developed a strong reputation for sound critical reviews of literary fiction, poetry, history, philosophy and music, making it a useful resource for a range of arts and humanities disciplines. With its magazine-style presentation, the home page offers an overview of the content, which includes features and articles on recent publications, interviews and blogs. Content is updated regularly and the turnover of material is indicated by the 'Word of the day', 'Poem of the week' and 'Books of the month' features. Books reviewed have included: 'Slow Man' by J. M. Coetzee; 'Until I Find You' by John Irving; and 'Small Island' by Andrea Levy. Among the contributors are Robert Chandler, Lee Rourke and Lars Iyer, and writers interviewed include Alain de Botton, Lisa Williams and David Mitchell. This site combines serious literary content with a readable style and confident presentation. It is easy to navigate and offers up-to-the-minute contact with developments in contemporary literature.
Recensioni di storia .net [Historical reviews .net] is an online Italian journal of historical reviews. The journal - which has a quarterly frequency - focuses primarily on historiography, modern and contemporary history. Amongst its contributors are several scholars from a number of different academic institutions, not exclusively Italian. The journal offers in-depth book reviews, details of recently published works, and interviews with historians. A section is dedicated to up-to-date information on conferences and relevant events and to advice on scholarships and vacant academic positions available within Italian universities. Past issues are readily available online to view.
This website makes available an extraordinarily rich collection of transcripts of original sources documenting the history of the village of Earls Colne, near Colchester in Essex. It is the outcome of a lengthy project that aims to use the documents as an experiment in reconstructing the history of this small community, as a microcosm of life in England. The documents included in this site cover almost five centuries, from 1375 to 1854. The project was prompted by the discovery of the diary of the vicar of Earls Colne, Ralph Josselin, which provides a detailed personal account of life in the village from 1641 to 1683 and is included here. This site is an extremely valuable resource for historical research and will be of use to researchers interested in social and economic history, as well as local history. An introductory section explains how to use the materials and includes a brief account of the history of the project. The Reference section provides a considerable amount of background and explanatory information about the documents, and should be consulted by all users. It also contains a useful glossary of obscure terms, and a guide to conventions which is essential for a full understanding of the information. The documents themselves are organised in four main categories: Church records; state records; estate records; and personal records. The personal records section consists of Josselin's diary. Other records include: parish registers; manorial rolls; wills; common law court records; a rare surviving terrier or estate survey from 1598; poor law administration records; and many more. Each major category is divided into hyperlinked subcategories. These contain chronological lists of the documents in that subcategory, which link to transcripts of the documents. Those sources which were originally in Latin have been translated. The documents may also be browsed using the six indices and searches: chronological index; alphabetical index of individuals; search for unindexed individuals; alphabetical list of land; a searchable map of Earls Colne; and a searchable street plan. These indices collate references in the documents to a particular place or person. Each document contains hyperlinks to the index entries of the people and places it mentions. The site contains a vast amount of information, but the organisation of the material makes the transcripts easy to access and to use.
'Reinvention: a Journal of Undergraduate Research' is a refereed ejournal published twice a year by the University of Warwick in the UK, in association with Oxford Brookes University. At January 2009 there are three issues online, each presenting articles in HTML format. Articles of interest to scholars in the humanities will be those on aspects of history, such as: 'Prostitution and the Nineteenth Century: In Search of the 'Great Social Evil''; 'The Elusive Search for 'Truth': Oliver Stone, Postmodernism and History'; 'The Reception of Literature in France during the Revolution: An Analysis of Reviews of Women Writers in the Mercure de France, 1791-1795'; and ''Vices Once Adopted': Theorising Male Homoeroticism in German-Language Legal and Forensic Discourses, 1752-1869', among others. Articles are presented in HTML format. The website has full details of the editor, subject editors, and the international Advisory Board. Although this is an undergraduate journal, it is officially published under the name of one of the most respected British universities, and its standards are obviously rigourously high. All accepted articles are subject to a double-blind peer review process.
This is the website of the Renaissance Society, founded in 1915 at the University of Chicago. The Renaissance Society has always aimed to encourage a broader understanding of culture and continues in the present day to promote contemporary art through exhibitions, performances, film and video screenings and talks. The website provides information about the Society, current events and exhibitions. An online archive of exhibitions and events dates back to 1915 and can be searched by event type, for example, dance or lecture, and many listings are accompanied by an essay or introduction, images and details of any publication available. An online bookstore is also included on the website.
This website consists of a series of bibliographies cataloguing new publications of relevance to eighteenth-century studies. The scope of the bibliographies spans all disciplines, all languages, and covers the long eighteenth century, between 1660 and 1830. The bibliographies may be browsed by issue, with each issue consisting of a number of broad subject headings under which are grouped relevant recent publications. Entries are not annotated. A basic search engine can handle one-word searches, and returns all bibliographic records containing the given string. The bibliographies are not comprehensive, but do contain a great number of entries and appear to cover the majority of important releases. The site's editor relies on submissions from publishers and users for the information here presented. At the time of review the latest issue on the site was number 96, 2006.
Reviews in History is an online journal which reviews and re-appraises significant work in all fields of historical interest. The journal covers a broad range of subjects and time periods. The journal was set up in 1996 and has since published over 500 reviews of major historical works. The journal aims to take advantage of new technologies to raise the standards of reviews for historical scholarship, to draw major works to the attention of historians and to promote scholarly debate. Review articles are normally between 2000-3000 words long and the author of the book being reviewed is given the opportunity to respond to the review article. Where this offer is taken up the response appears on the website along with the review article. All reviews are freely available from the website. It is possible to subscribe to an email list whose members receive new review articles by email.
Published since 1988, 'Espacio, Tiempo y Forma' is the annual peer-reviewed journal of the Faculty of Geography and History at the Spanish open university (UNED). It is divided in seven different series, corresponding with the departments at the faculty: Prehistory and Archaeology; Ancient History; Medieval History; Modern History; Contemporary History; Geography; and History of Art. Although the language of the publication is Spanish, most recent articles have abstracts in Spanish and English. Each series publishes research articles and book reviews within the specific field. In most cases, they focus on Spain, but other European and Latin American areas are also covered. The website lacks any form of search tool, and users can only browse each issue. However, all articles can be accessed for free and given the wide scope of the journal, browsing may yield interesting results.
The Revista historia moderna i contemporània is a peer-reviewed, scholarly electronic journal from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The journal publishes original research into modern and contemporary history, with some emphasis on Spanish history. The journal's contents are predominantly in Catalan, although some site navigation and articles are in English. The scope is broad, and the journal's search facility will help users to find articles of interest. Each issue features a dossier of articles on a particular topic, such as Spain's transition to democracy (and a number of articles focus here on the transition as experience in Catalonia), history of modern Asia (with some emphasis on east-west dialogue in Spain); and the Spanish War of Succession (users should note that this particular dossier was temporarily unavailable at the time of review). The journal also features reviews, debates, and a wide range of miscellaneous articles. As such, it is well worth a visit: modern and contemporary historians are sure to find articles of interest here.
The 'Revue d'histoire du XIXe siècle' is a peer-reviewed, scholarly e-journal which publishes research articles, book reviews, lectures, debates, and bibliographies relating to all aspects of 19th century history. This online publication began life as the print review "1848. Révolutions et mutations au XIXe siècle", with a specific focus on the 1848 revolutions that originated in France and swept across Europe. Now, the journal aims to be international and interdisciplinary in focus and particularly welcomes contributions from new researchers. Issues dating back to 1985 may be browsed on this website, some of which address a particular theme. These have included, for example: the myths, identities and practices of the bourgeoisie; religion, politics and culture in the 19th century; cultural production; and new approaches to 19th century economic history. The journal is published by the Société d'histoire de la révolution de 1848 et des révolutions de XIXe siècle and is available in French only.
The website of the Royal Historical Society provides information on the major learned society for History in the UK. The RHS supports the RHS Bibliographies - an authoritative guide to works on British and Irish history, spanning a period from the Roman era to the present day. It is updated three times a year and contains articles from over 500 journals. It is also available on CD-ROM. There is also information on the site about publications, lectures, conferences, as well as news and initiatives. Members can subscribe to a regular newsletter. Of use to postgraduates is the section on postgraduate scholarships and there are also undergraduate prizes run in conjunction with History Today. A links page directs interested readers to other historical societies and associations of note and to publishers.
The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is 'the academy for the sciences and the humanities for the whole of Ireland'. The website's most valuable research and teaching resources are the sections on grants and awards, on publications and on the library. The RIA awards about sixty research grants a year, both in the arts and the sciences. Among the journals published under RIA auspices which are fully accessible online for free are the Proceedings of the Irish Academy (archaeology, Celtic studies, history, linguistics, literature) and Ériu (Irish literature and linguistics). In the library/catalogues section, there is a links page listing Irish libraries and archives. The RIA website also has a general links page mainly listing higher education institutions in Ireland.
The website 'Sancta Crux/Halig Rod: The Cross in Anglo-Saxon England', run by researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa with the cooperation of international and UK scholars, showcases the results of a three-year project which started in 1999. The project dealt with the cross as "an object, gesture, and concept" in Anglo-Saxon England, c. 800-1100. The research focused on the cross in popular culture, art, architecture, literature, rituals and medicine. The site outlines the interdisciplinary conferences and seminars where the results of primary research were presented. The site also describes plans for a three-volume publication which will relate different forms and uses of the cross in England. Researchers ultimately sought to determine the cross's importance both for Anglo-Saxon culture and for Western Christianity in general. Users will also find an excellent preliminary bibliography on one of the subpages. The site was last updated in 2004.
The website Scotland's Pages is part of the National Library of Scotland's Digital Library, and brings together manuscript and printed texts illustrating key events in a thousand years of Scottish history, beginning in the year 1000. The documents are all in English or in English translation, and may be accessed via a well-designed timeline. Many are supplied in facsimile (such as the Murthly Hours of 1280, the oldest book of hours associated with Scotland). Combined with a number of concise historical accounts, the source texts make Scotland's Pages a very useful and vivid chronology. The website reproduces the documents from an exhibition of manuscripts and printed material held in the National Library of Scotland in 2000. This resource would interest general Scottish historians and book historians.
The Scottish Emigration Database is an online resource resulting from an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project, which ran from January 2003 to March 2005 at the University of Aberdeen's AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies. The database, which may be searched in a number of ways, holds the records of 21,090 passengers who embarked at Scottish ports for non-European ports between 1890 and 1960. The aim of this resource is to identify patterns of movement from these Scottish ports, to facilitate research into Scottish diaspora, concentrating in particular on the origins, occupations, ages and family composition of the passengers. As such, the project directors hope that this valuable quantative research tool will work to challenge stereotypes of Scottish emigration. The information contained in the database is drawn from the Board of Trade records in the National Archives. As well as free access to the database, this website also details the background to the project, its aims and methodology. Full guidelines on using the database are provided, and users are invited to collaborate with the project by supplying any information about the individuals listed.
The website "Scottish History in Print" is a searchable online guide to documents of Scottish history published by the National Library of Scotland. Published on this site is an electronic version of the printed guide to Scottish historical documents 'Scottish Texts and Calendars' by David and Wendy B. Stevenson. This is a guide to the historical documents transcribed and published by private Scottish historical societies and clubs, and it provides details of the documents available and where they are held. The online version can be searched by keyword, title, or by society or club, or browsed by society, item, or through the index. Also on the site are transcriptions of historical documents in PDF format, including two Jacobite commentaries, The Lyon in Mourning compiled by Robert Forbes, and the Itinerary of Prince Charles Edward Stuart.
This is the home page of Sehepunkte, an online review journal on academic historical works and part of the Historicum.net set of sources on history. Sehepunkte is published monthly and the language of the editors and authors is German but they aim to cover the international academic world and not just the German academia. The reviews are all posted online in full format, and allow site visitors to write in with their own comments. Reviews are arranged according to historical time period, according to the following categories: the whole collection; ancient history; the middle ages; the early modern period; the 19th century; contemporary history; and art history. There is a technical assistance explanation page on the site and also guidance for submission of reviews. The FORUM section gathers reviews of books around certain themes.
The Shoah Memorial website offers a range of resources for those studying the Holocaust. Features include: a multimedia encyclopaedia of the Holocaust (or in Hebrew, the Shoah); a timeline of key events between 1933, when Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, and the end of the Second World War in 1945; information about relevant publications; and details of the Contemporary Jewish Documentation Center (CDJC) which is housed within the Shoah Memorial premises. The CDJC's database of French Shoah victims and Jewish resistance fighters is available to be searched online. The site also provides information on the Memorial's educational programme, including an online interactive activity aimed at 8-11 year olds (this requires a Flash plug-in). The original version of the site is in French, though most materials have also been translated into English. This site provides a helpful introduction to the Holocaust, along with one or two more specialised resources for more advanced students.
'Smuggler's Britain' is a website that hosts a number of resources for those interested in the history of smuggling around Britain's coasts during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. An introductory section provides an overview of the organisation and development of smuggling, as well as its social and economic context. The site makes available the text of Richard Platt's 1991 volume, "The Ordnance Survey Guide to Smugglers' Britain", which provides a survey of British smuggling sites organised by geographical area. It also includes potted biographies of some of the more notorious smugglers, including: Roger Ridout; Cruel Copinger; Isaac Gulliver; William Owen, the author of the "Autobiography of a Smuggler"; Captain Yawkins; and the gangs of Sussex. The text includes bibliographic references, and links to Google maps of the featured places. There is a 'reasonably comprehensive' bibliography for the site as a whole, with separate regional bibliographies. The site is illustrated by several period drawings and engravings. Each image may be viewed in a larger format, and is accompanied by a brief caption. A brief list of links to other smuggling sites is provided. Smuggler's Britain is a lively and entertaining read, with plenty of anecdote. It is most suited to a general readership or students new to the subject. It may also be of interest to local historians.
The website of the Society for Renaissance Studies, the main academic organisation in the United Kingdom providing an interdisciplinary forum for people interested in all aspects of the Renaissance, provides details of the Society's council, meetings, publications, and events. The menu-bar also has links to pages listing Renaissance-related doctoral theses, and a directory of British institutions offering postgraduate courses in Renaissance studies. In addition to this there are pages announcing Renaissance-related conferences and seminars and a collection of pages providing links to relevant societies, journals, libraries, museums, galleries, early music ensembles, and theatres. The design of the site is simple and easy to navigate. It will be primarily of interest to Faculty members and postgraduates, and to those in secondary education who are interested in introducing their pupils to Renaissance culture.
Spark Notes are a series of online study guides. Guides are available for many high school subject areas, including history and philosophy. The most extensive collection of guides is for literature. The history guides take specific events or chapters in history and offer brief summaries of important people and terms, a timeline of events, and short passages about key aspects of the period in question and various historical developments. The philosophy and literature guides mostly summarise key themes and describe the various sections of the work in question. Each of the guides includes a section of basic study questions (some of which are accompanied by short example answers), a 'review quiz', and a concluding analysis of the significance of the work. Some sections of each guide are only available to those who have registered with the site. The guides are basic, aimed at the school market rather than the undergraduate. Most of the summaries do however appear to be succinct and accurate. Pop-up advertisements may cause distress to users of the site.
Spartacus Educational is a general purpose history site, dealing with events as diverse as the English Civil War, the First World War and the Second World War, and the Trade Union Movement. The site is designed primarily for school use though it may have some use as a general history encyclopaedia especially for standard historical topics relating to the United States, Britain (1700-1960), Nazi Germany, and Russian history. The English Civil War section, for example, contains a short biography of every major protagonist in the war (including military leaders, churchmen, writers, and artists); information about particular issues (such as the Divine Right of Kings, the Diggers, regicide); details of important battles. There is a great deal of information and material on the web page, including a Football Encyclopedia, general advice about financial issues, and even a travel guide. The site includes numerous inline banner adverts and its design reminds of the early days of the internet but it is a good source of basic information and knowledge on a vast array of topics.
"Storia e Futuro: Rivista di storia e storiografia" ["History and Future: Journal of history and historiography"] is an online journal dedicated to the study of history and historiography. The journal focusses on the social, economical, political and cultural changes of contemporary societies. Based at the Department of Historical Studies of the University of Bologna, the publication draws on the contributions of established historians and academics. The journal is subdivided into several sections. Full-text of all articles present can be downloaded as PDF files. Texts are in Italian, but abstracts in English are available too in addition to short biographies of contributors. Current and all past issues can be accessed and an internal search engine allows users to explore the journal's contents. A regular section is dedicated to history and photography as a historical resource. Books reviews and announcement of forthcoming publications are available under the heading "Scaffale". Users can subscribe to a mailing list and the site offers information on events of relevance taking place in Italy and elsewhere. The depth and broadness of themes covered and the quality of contributions make this journal a valuable reading for scholars and researchers in history and associated fields.
This is the website of "Storicamente" an online peer-reviewed journal published by the Dipartimento di discipline storiche, University of Bologna. This annual online publication is dedicated to history and historical studies. Articles and contributions are from academics and researchers. The editorial committee states, however, that the publication is not solely intended for scholars, but aims at a larger audience. The journal features six distinct sections. Amongst them are: "Fonti e documenti", offering texts and commentaries on rare or not readily available historical documents; "Tecnostoria", exploring new technologies and online resources for historians and researchers in the humanities field. In addition, each issue features a thematic section, the current one (year 2009) being dedicated to the subject of "Migrazioni e lavoro" ["Work and migration"]. The majority of articles appear to be in Italian but a few contributions in English are present too. All articles can be accessed in a printable format. The journal also offers book reviews and a list of relevant related events. All past issues are readily available in an online archive. Users can subscribe to a mailing list allowing them to receive news and update. The contents of "Storicamente" - which can be explored by means of a dedicated search engine - and the themes covered make this journal an interesting reading and a valuable resource.
The Student Historical Journal, from Loyola University in New Orleans, was started in 1969 as a print journal. The full-text of articles published since 1983 are available from this website. The articles are available free of charge and are in English. The journal aims to promote the study of history by providing students with an opportunity to publish their work. The articles in the journal cover a broad range of historical topics and periods. The journal can be browsed by year or via an author index. It is not currently possible to browse by subject or to search the journal.
This is the homepage of 'Sudanic Africa', an academic journal devoted to the study of historical sources concerning the 'Sudanic belt, the area between the Sahara and the Bay of Niger, the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans'. There is also some discussion in the articles about well-known scholars who are or were engaged in this area of research. Tables of contents are available online running back to the first volume in 1990. Selected articles are available in full text versions, with some citations in Arabic. The editors of the journal, and the site itself, are based at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Bergen. Deeper in the site, there are subpages detailing archival and source indexes on this field which have been prepared by the journal's editors, as well as other relevant links, notably in one case a link to an online Darfur archive. An alphabetized index allows users to browse for authors, titles and subjects, but the site has no search engine. Although the last issue on the site is from 2005, this was only published in 2007, so it seems likely that further issues will be circulated.
"Taking the waters", which is part of the British Library's Texts in Context learning initiative, makes available digitised images of original printed sources relating to the development of spa towns. In particular, these sources refer to the growth in the practice of drinking and bathing in the waters in order to benefit from their mineral content and curative properties. The texts were published between 1650 and 1843, and concentrate on the heyday of spa towns in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. They cover many aspects of life in the towns, including: quack doctors; the various complaints, such as gout, of visitors to the spa; stories of successful cures; the delights of spa towns such as Bath and Cheltenham; competition between such towns; and scientific arguments over the supposed properties of the waters themselves. The material is interesting and entertaining, and the site provides a good overview of the subject for school students and interested general users. Those in higher education are likely to find the documents of interest, especially for study of the social history of medicine and of the development of urban society and culture. The site is easily navigated using the right-hand "Go deeper" navigation bar. Each source is accompanied by a brief text that provides some background. Several extracts are given for all the sources, with the exception of the 1650 broadside advertisement for a quack doctor. Snippets of explanatory information are provided for each extract. The texts are also presented with bibliographical information. Images are also available in a very large format. The site advertises transcripts for each image, but at the time of review these were not available. This does not present a huge problem, as all the texts are printed and can be read easily in large format, but it makes the site more cumbersome for the user.
The website 'Talking History' is based at the University at Albany, State University of New York and is 'a production, distribution, and instructional center for all forms of "aural" history.' They aim to provide free access to a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, conference sessions, commentaries and archival audio sources. Talking History broadcasts a weekly radio programme and its archive is available via the Talking History website. Th archive is browsable on a chronological basis and has a subject browser and key word search. Subjects range from race relations in the US to all female radio stations. The productions can be listened in RealPlayer of MP3 formats. A guide to the requirements is provided on the site.
This Website showcases the work of the Taskforce for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. This group, which was initiated by the Swedish Prime Minister in 1998, is an association of elected officials, government workers and members of non-governmental organisations. The Taskforce aims to win support from political and social leaders for Holocaust education, remembrance, and research, both nationally and internationally. Previous lectures and papers are downloadable in full, as are reports from several international task forces on Holocaust research and teaching. Details are posted on membership; affiliated organisations; press releases; applications for funding; multilingual teaching guidelines and useful teaching links; and a number of extensive links lists to sites devoted to Holocaust commemorative events and related administrative bodies.
The website 'The devil and the religious controversies in sixteenth-century France' features one essay from the University of Virginia based online publication 'Essays in History'. This is a short, annotated essay presented in the basic form of a page of text. Written by Carleton Cunningham, this essay makes a brief stab at discussing the complex interpretations of religious belief and ritual in sixteenth and seventeenth century France. It promises more than it can deliver in a brief essay, but looks at demonic possession (Laon, 1566 - Nicole Obri), briefly discusses Lavater and Pierre le Loyer, and looks at the Marthe Brossier case. He skips in between historical and contemporary commentary on the cases in question, in what can be a confusing manner. Nonetheless this is an interesting, but basic discussion which could be used in class by a skilled and knowledgeable teacher. It is also a good source of bibliographic information on the subject for those in French Studies, French history, or studying witchcraft or demonology.
This website makes available the full-text of Gary E. Moulton's edition of the journals of the Lewis and Clark expedition, complete with its scholarly apparatus. These famous journals document the journey that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark undertook from 1803 to 1806 on the instructions of Thomas Jefferson. This was the first land expedition to reach the Pacific coast and to return. Jefferson instructed the explorers to study the Western Terrain, and the journals therefore include invaluable information on the geography, natural history and wildlife, and indigenous peoples of the Great Plains and the American West. The apparatus includes much interesting material, such as: Moulton's Introduction, which puts the journals in context; a calendar of the journals and manuscripts that provides bibliographical information; the provenance of the journals; and a list of sources used in the preparation of the edition. Moulton's edition of the texts is definitive, and this website is an invaluable resource for students. The site also includes: some supporting secondary texts, by Moulton and others; audio files of excerpts from the diaries and from a work on the expedition and its relations with the Salish people; and extracts from a video interview with Moulton. The journals can be searched, though users should note that since the texts preserve the original spelling, it may be necessary to try several variations to pick up all the appropriate results. They may also be browsed by year and by month, though not by exact date, which might prove frustrating. Apart from this, the site navigation is clear and easy to use. The sound files require Macromedia Flash and the video files require QuickTime Player. In order to access one of the additional texts, 'Counting Cats in Zanzibar', users must be registered with the History Cooperative website.
The website The last days of war was created by Channel 4 to accompany the series The Last Missions of World War II, first broadcast in 2003. The site is a helpful guide, for revision in particular, to the last days of WWII. It provides a timeline for events following the D-Day landings in June 1944. A brief summary of the varying situations on the Pacific, Italian, Russian, and Western fronts prefaces the timeline, which runs from January 1 until 12 September 1945. It provides short pieces of information on topics such as: the liberation of Rome; Soviet offenses on the Vistula; the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau; the siege of Manila; and the invasion of Iwo Jima. It is a useful teaching aid, but especially for A or AS level students studying the Second World War. There are links to other sites of similar historical interest.
The 'Times Archive' is the consumer-facing online interface to the full-text archive of The Times newspaper (London). The archive covers the years 1785 to 1985. Users will need to pay a fee to access original articles, so it may be worth checking whether your institution subscribes to the Gale educational version. The search and results interfaces are clean and simple to use. All newspaper content is offered, not simply the main news items. There are also classified adverts, notices, and display advertising, among many others elements. The newspaper pages have apparently been scanned from microfiche, and so there may be some errors in the automatic OCR transcription of text. This website will be a vital public resource for historians and also for many other types of researchers.
TimeSearch is a history search engine, designed to allow both for chance discoveries and highly focused searches for historical events. Devised and designed by Bamber Gascoigne (author of 'The Encyclopaedia of Britain', published in 1993, and former quiz master on the TV show 'University Challenge') and fellow director of the award-winning HistoryWorld educational website, Ian Henghes, TimeSearch allows the user to design a keyword search according to criteria such as area or theme. The search can be further refined by using the Timeline Sites facility which provides a checklist of websites which can be included or excluded from the search. For example, a user can choose whether or not to include Google, the BBC, YouTube, Flickr, and a number of educational websites, museums, libraries, and archives in the search. Search results are displayed in the form of relevant links to external websites, and related articles in the HistoryWorld website, alongside a timeline of events associated with the search term.
The website "Titanic : A Beginner's Guide" accompanies a Channel 4 programme entitled "Secrets of the Dead : Titanic's Ghosts". The most famous ship of them all, the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic sank on the night of 14/15 April 1912, and subsequently spawned a deluge of material on the tragedy and its survivors. This site is aimed at guiding the interested party through the huge range of material available, so that only the most pertinent sites and books are listed. The site includes well-annotated links to sites that are genuinely of use to the Titanic enthusiast or historian. The website lists: the major sites; listings of written materials; transcripts of UK and US enquiries into the disaster; reconstructions and images of the ship before and after the tragedy; the story of the Titanic as portrayed in the entertainment business; places connected with the ship; and miscellaneous pieces of information. Possibly the most helpful section is the one with a bibliography of books recommended by experts.
The website "Towns and tourists", which is part of the British Library's Texts in Context learning initiative, makes available digitised extracts from nine original printed sources. These sources illustrate many aspects of the development of tourism in England, including: the lure of dramatic natural scenery; increasing interest in geology and natural history; the attraction of local history and folklore; the development of towns as resorts; and the ways in which local people responded to the new commercial opportunities represented by tourists. The two earliest texts both deal with the wonders of Peak District scenery. One of these is a poem by the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, dedicated to his pupil, the Duke of Devonshire. Other texts include: a guide to the local scientific and historical curiosities of the British Isles; a satirical portrayal of a bluestocking's travels; and a catalogue of a local cabinet of curiosities from Ripon. The final group of sources comprises three guidebooks to Lyme Regis and a children's story about the life of Mary Anning, the fossil-hunter. These show the various ways in which the town was presented to visitors, and how different attractions were emphasised for different audiences. They also include advertisements placed by local businesses to attract their custom. The texts provided on this website are interesting in themselves, but also shed light on the social and cultural development of tourism in Britain. The site will be of interest to the general public and to schoolchildren, and students will find the sources useful. The site is easily navigated using the right-hand navigation bar. Each source is presented with a brief text giving contextual information. All the documents are represented by several extracts, which are provided as document images with short captions. The document images are also available in a larger format, and transcripts are provided. Bibliographic information is given for each text.
The "Tradescant Collection" of the Ashmolean Museum is an online exhibition about some of the surviving objects from the Tradescant Collection of rarities, with information placing the collection in its historical context. The Tradescant Collection was presented by Elias Ashmole to the University of Oxford in 1677, and constituted the nucleus of the Ashmolean Museum, which opened in 1683. The surviving objects from the collection are still housed in the Museum in the Tradescant Room. This website includes sections covering: the Cabinet of Curiosities; the John Tradescants; the Tradescant Collection; 'Musaeum Tradescantium', the first catalogue of the collection, published in 1656; the Tradescant Room; and a brief list of suggestions for further reading. In addition the site makes available images of 22 surviving items from the collection, together with the full accompanying entries from the 1985 catalogue, 'Tradescant's Rarities'. The objects include portraits of the Tradescants and items from the Americas such as 'Powhatan's mantle'. The images may be enlarged. The Collection was formed in the first half of the seventeenth century by John Tradescant the Elder, gardener to the nobility and royalty, and by his son John Tradescant the Younger. On their travels both men acquired rare objects, both man-made curiosities and items from the natural world. This collection is an example of the cabinet of curiosities, or 'Wunderkammer'. This resource is linked to by the web page for the Further Subject on 'Court Culture and Art in Early Modern Europe, 1580-1700', which is part of the Modern History BA degree course at the University of Oxford. However, it is also of considerable general interest, and would be useful to students and teachers at many levels. The site is now archived.
The Bibliothèque nationale de France has published this online, multimedia exhibition on treasures from the Carolingian Era, held by the library. An immensely attractive and rich resource, this exhibition features audio-visual presentations on the significance of the 7th century Carolingian dynasty, focusing in particular on its renaissance; and reading, writing (including script, and the production of illuminated manuscripts), and art and decor during this era. Accompanying each presentation is further explanatory text and images. Images of manuscripts of key works from the period may be viewed, including: Le Sacramentaire de Gellone; Les Poésies de Prudence; and Le Sacramentaire de Drogon. Furthermore, the site offers a gallery of illuminated manuscripts and art from the era, and downloadable accompanying study notes for the exhibition. Accessible and appealing, this is a key resource for anyone interested in the Middle Ages in Europe.
"Umrabulo" is an online full-text journal produced and published by the African National Congress (ANC). All issues are online and date from the fourth quarter of 1996 to the present day. Users can also subscribe to a hard copy edition - forms are available on the site. The journal addresses a wide variety of issues on South African society, economics, politics, the history of the ANC, and arts and culture. Topics discussed include, for example: micro-finance for poverty alleviation; the relevance of Pan-Africanism today; transforming the state and governance; media in a democratic South Africa; and draft governmental policy documents. This is an excellent site for anyone who wants to keep up-to-date with current thinking in South Africa, or who is studying South Africa, or development studies. The home link directs the user to the ANC home page.
The University of Adelaide library ebooks website offers free access to the library's collection of over 1,200 Web books including the novels, plays and poems of writers as varied as George Gissing, Ovid, Henrik Ibsen, David Hume and W. B. Yeats. The strength of the collection lies in its selection of classical, European and English literature, but also includes classic works of philosophy, history, and science. The collection can be searched alphabetically or chronologically by author, alphabetically by title, or by theme. A short biography is given for most writers, plus links to relevant websites. There are also excellent links to other etext resources, collections, and archives, such as Project Gutenberg and the Oxford Text Archive.
The University of California Press e-books collection, 1982 - 2004 : public books Web pages provide a full listing of the works that are freely available from the University of California Press's Digital Library. These free books are a subset of the full range of electronic books (over 500 are freely available online, but the remainder of the 2000 ebooks are available only to students of the University of California). The public books cover topics including: science; art; music; history; religion; and fiction. The majority of the works were originally published between the mid 1980s and the mid 1990s. This resource would be of interest to students in any of the disciplines covered, but especially those working in history and English literature, as these comprise the largest percentage of the works available.
The Unseen Archive website makes available a collection of photographs of Suffolk life belonging to the East Anglian Daily Times. This pictorial archive depicts many areas of life in the county over the last 50 years of the twentieth century and the early years of the twenty-first. The photographs are organised into the following categories: Agriculture; Celebration and festivals; Education; Homes and buildings; International links; Leisure and entertainment; Major events; Military; Role of men; Role of women; Sport; Tourism; Transport and environment; Weather; and Work. The material includes coverage of: royal visits; industry; memorial services; harvest festivals; fairs; and many more aspects of social, economic and environmental life. Users are invited to send in memories associated with particular photographs. The images are fascinating and represent a unique and valuable record of everyday life in twentieth-century Suffolk. The archive can be browsed by the categories. Each category consists of a page with thumbnails of images and brief captions. The thumbnails can be clicked for larger versions of the images, which are accompanied by fuller descriptions, dates, and archive details. At the time of review the site's keyword search was not yet functioning. The site also includes some suggestions for teachers, which are primarily aimed at Key Stages 1 and 2. The site has been built for larger screen sizes, and user with smaller screens may find that they have to scroll horizontally to access parts of the site. This is a rich visual resource which will be of use to researchers in social and economic history, as well as local historians and schoolchildren. It will also be appreciated by members of the general public.
This is the Web site of the national organisation responsible for the care and maintenance of German war graves, which was founded in 1919. The site outlines the Commission's international cooperative work to maintain the graves. A grave search engine unfortunately appears to require comprehensive information on a subject before a search is conducted. Subsites here are devoted to dedicated cemeteries in France, Hungary, Poland and Russia. The site outlines the support strategies the Commission uses, including summer work camps for upper primary and secondary students. Students at these work camps take care of German war graves in order to learn lessons, according to the site, about maintaining peace. Upcoming and past lectures are listed and the site sells print on demand publications. Researchers in German military history will certainly find this site to be of interest; however, they should take care while using it, since the site offers raw information, but is not scholarly in origin or tone.
The website "Vortigen Studies" is concerned with the history of the British Dark Ages, from the end of the Roman occupation until the beginning of the Early Middle Ages and Saxon England. The site is the work of a trained historian, and is based in the Netherlands. The main focus of the site is on the fifth century king Vortigen (of Arthurian legend). There are biographies of Vortigen and his family, discussions about possible sites of the 'city of Vortigen', and information about places connected to Vortigen. There is also a good selection of transcribed primary sources with commentary, and a collection of secondary articles by enthusiasts and historians. The site also features bibliographies on Vortigen, Wansdyke, the Roman Empire, and King Arthur.
The website "Warwick Network for Parish Research" has been created by scholars who are undertaking parish-based research based at Warwick University's Department of History. The network is an informal association that intends to foster collaboration among academics with parish-related interests, in order to facilitate the study of all aspects of European parishes over the period from c.1300 to 1800. It will be of interest to all scholars working in the field, including those taking an interdisciplinary or comparative approach. The structure of the site includes the following sections: Research projects at Warwick and elsewhere; The Warwick Symposium on Parish Research; Selecti bibliography; Parish sources; Parish-related news and events; forums; links; texts; and Writing parish history. Relevant sections include English and non-English material alike. The digital sources include links to archival records, audio and visual records from parishes, available online. The site is thus an important portal for current research on parishes and community culture. Resources produced by academics at Warwick are generally available as Word files.
The Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals is a significant subscription-based bibliography of nineteenth-century British newspapers and periodicals. Searches of the bibliography may be conducted by title keyword, person, place, subject, or issuing body, and the metadata associated with each record is rich, including information about such matters as editors, contributors, illustrators, dates, political and religious orientations, and locations of holdings. There are over 50,000 publications covered in total, many with facsimile reproductions of title pages (but not full texts). An interesting feature of the Directory is it's 'family trees', indicating the relationships between publications arising from mergers, title changes, and so forth. Although not cheap, this is undoubtedly a valuable resource for researchers of 19th-century Britain.
The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900, is a subscription bibliographic database of articles in nineteenth-century periodicals. It primary use is to identify authorship. It was common during the Victorian era for articles by periodical contributors to be published anonymously, or under a pseudonym. The great achievement of the Wellesley Index was to provide provenance details and evidence to support attributions of authorship, along with brief biographical and vocation details of the attributed authors. Periodicals covered in the Index include: the Westminster Review; Bentley's Miscellany; Blackwood's Magazine; the British Quarterly Review; the Dublin Review; Fraser's Magazine; the Monthly Chronicle; the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine; the Rambler; and the Theological Review, along with twenty or so others. The Wellesley Index does not attempt to attribute poetry appearing in the periodicals. The online version of Wellesley incorporates the additions and corrections made by Eileen Curran, known as the Curran Index.
“Welsh Biography Online” is the freely available electronic version of the Dictionary of Welsh Biography. Both the Welsh and English language volumes have been converted into electronic text. In this bilingual website (English and Welsh), users will find about 4,500 biographies of eminent Welshmen and women who died before 1 January 1971. They include Owain Glyndwr, Ann Griffiths, Iolo Morganwg and David Lloyd George as well as many other lesser-known figures. The entire site is keyword searchable and there are biography and full text searches available as well as an alphabetical names list. Contained in each record is a general introduction and a bibliography associated with the person in question. In addition, the homepage contains links to the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion and background information about the project, and a toggle button to transfer between English/Welsh versions of the pages. Overall, this online resource is indeed, “an invaluable resource to all who are interested in Welsh history and culture”.
This is an online report on the 'Welsh Seals Pilot Project' funded by the University of Wales Aberystwyth Research Fund and conducted in May-June 2005 by Dr Anna Skarzynska of the Royal Comission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. It concisely sets out the aims, methodology and results of the pilot study. That study aimed to identify and address the issues involved in a major digitisation project, in this case of about 4,500-5,000 Welsh seals, mainly dating from the medieval period, held by the National Library of Wales. The report evaluates a number of other digitisation and database projects, including projects completed at the National Archives (formerly PRO) in London and at the Czech National Archives.
History students at the Western Oregon University are invited to submit papers to the "Senior Seminar" online collection of thesis papers. These papers reflect the rising standard of work produced under the supervision of the History Department's professors as part of the History research and writing skills module, introduced in 2007. The students choose their own topic of research, and consequently the range of subjects covered by the papers is very broad. A significant number focus on Classical history, including, for example, two papers on the Roman Emperor Hadrian's suppression of the Second Jewish revolt (132 A.D.). Other popular subjects include the Carolingian Empire (800-888 A.D.), the American West, the Cold War (1947-1991), women's history, Central America (including the Aztecs and the Olmecs), Mexico, and the two World Wars (1914-1918, 1939-1945). Some of the papers are presented in HTM format and other as PDF files.
"The Williamite Universe" website provides an online meeting-place for scholars across the world who are interested in the life of William III the Stadhouder-King, and in his times and milieu. It is intended primarily for historians, but will also be of interest to those working in related disciplines. The site is the home of a network for academics, researchers and postgraduate students, and includes a list of those who are already members. The network is free to join. The site also includes programmes of conferences organised by the network, and makes the concluding remarks from these conferences available in full. The site also has a noticeboard, giving details of other relevant events. In addition, this website provides some basic resources for scholars, including: a list of recent publications in the field; a running bibliography providing an overview of the available literature; a small picture gallery; and a list of links to relevant websites. The Williamite Universe Network is likely to be of most interest and value to postgraduate students and researchers with an interest in William III and in the period more generally.
Directed and primarily authored by Richard Hooker at Washington State University, the 'World Civilizations' website is a superior example of the integration of electronic materials and resources into a teaching or classroom setting. Designed as a series of survey courses, the pages broadly track the development and influence of major world cultures from around the world, while highlighting key philosophical, religious and textual themes. There are a number of ways to navigate these pages, but familiarisation with the layout does take a little while.
To begin, it is recommended that users first enter the 'contents' section and select the learning modules. From here one can browse a variety of cultural traditions in detail, and gain a better insight into what this resource has to offer. The learning modules themselves are directed specifically towards undergraduates at the beginning of their university studies. Information is provided on: early traditions (including Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Israel); Africa; China; European traditions; Islam; India; Japan; and Native North Americans. Each is laid out as a series of introductory electronic lectures complemented by selections of primary texts and a glossary of key terms. Many also come complete with a helpful introductory bibliography and a selection of additional external Internet resources. As a teaching resource, the scope of the site is so comprehensive that it can stand independently or easily complement any introductory class on world religions and culture. For students, the rapid access to pre-selected primary resources coupled with lectures and reference materials makes it an invaluable learning tool that will both illuminate and enhance any study environment. This is an archived site.
This website, as the name would suggest, is massive in its scope and vision. The aim is simple: to provide an overview of mankind's history from ancient times up to the twenty-first century. This is done through splitting history into various very broad categories (the Ancient world; 6th-15th centuries; 16th-19th centuries; 1901-World War Two; and 1946-21st century). Each of these broad categories is further subdivided into the main concepts and events: for example, the 16th-19th century section has details on the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the American Revolution, the emergence of Nationalism and Imperialism and so. Each of these sub-sub-sections then contains a large amount of detail, in essay format, on the topic - including, often-times, pictures with further information. There is, due to the author's speciality, somewhat of a focus on the twentieth-century but this website remains, nevertheless, both amazing in its scope and the quality of its contents.
The website ambitiously called 'World History Compass' provides categorized links to hundreds of history sites on the Web. It is of encyclopedic use to students, teachers, historians, writers, and journalists. The menus are easy to navigate and direct readers to a variety of topics including General and International History, Ancient History, Military History, archives, libraries, and many more. The coverage is obviously more scant in some areas than others, and appears to be rather random. However, for those seeking basic information on a particular topic this site is quite useful as a gateway to others. The site lists recent additions on its home page.
The Web Site "World War II" is part of Professor Gerhard Rempel's teaching materials for a class run at Western New England College. The site contains lecture notes, maps, details of relevant multimedia resources, and a rather brief quiz. A few other sites are recommended, but these also include strategy games makers. The notes are useful and could be used by teachers new to the subject or for students wishing to gain more background knowledge to the Second World War. The lecture notes are presented in straight text form and cover a total of twenty-four subjects. These topics include: dictatorships in World War Two; the revolutions of 1917 and 1918, Stalin's purge; the origins of the Nazis; and the Cold War. Obviously the focus is on Europe, but there is also material on the Far East.
Online since 1995, the Zeitgeschichte Information System (ZIS) is an annotated index of electronic archives and online databases concerning contemporary European history. Initially, it appears that the site is designed for specialists in Austrian history: the home page includes a link to a mini-database of over 130 primary source documents from twentieth century Austrian history. It also provides a link to online documents on the history of South Tirol. But the ZIS database is certainly valuable for historians generally. It contains over 730 links to sites which include online essays, museums, primary documents online, mailing lists, archives and links pages. These sites cover all areas of history; also noteworthy are the links to archive lists at the bottom of the database page. There is also a link to the University of Innsbruck Department of Contemporary History which runs the site. There are three search tools on the site: a full-text search, an advanced search, and a function which allows the user to browse by country, keyword or period of time on a graphic time line. The site provides an excellent academic calendar for research in Austrian history. The user can call up the month and click on individual dates to check the details on international events on that day. The central pages of the site are available either in English or German, but the content of the database is in German only.
Österreichische Mediathek, akustische Chronik is an online mulitmedia timeline of 20th-century Austrian history displayed through audio excerpts, photographs, scanned images and videos. There are some extremely valuable historical materials here, which will particularly serve teachers and students and should be of interest to researchers and members of the public. The audio files are in German except for one audio recording of Sigmund Freud speaking mainly in English; there is also a later audio recording of Freud describing his 1939 emigration from Austria to Britain to flee the Nazis. Famous figures predominate, ranging from Emperor Franz Joseph I to Hitler, but there are plenty of important but less well-known Austrian personalities here, such as actors, writers, composers, scientists and politicians. The site also posts contemporary recordings of popular music and scanned images of stamps and coins. Entries on figures such as Austria's first astronaut, Franz Viehbö̈ck, broaden the offerings beyond cultural history. Each year has an individual timeline available in a menu at the bottom of the main chronology. This is a resource that stands apart from the rest in terms of its creative presentation and outstanding archival materials.