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Close-up image of an early modern Islami Carpet

Islamic Carpets

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These three carpets made in the period between the 16th and 18th centuries show two distinct types of carpets produced in the Islamic World for particular culture-specific uses. While carpets in the Islamic World were made for export and global consumption, the type of carpets seen here - one with Persian inscriptions and the other two that with colonnaded designs that were used for the... Read More »

Black and white cat hissing on a gabled rooftop. This is a detail from Japanese printmaker Kōno Bairei.

Japanese Illustrated Books from the Edo and Meiji Periods

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Spanning over three hundred years of Japanese book history, the collection includes famous Edo period (1603-1868) artists such as Andō Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).
Thumbnail image of painting of a ship with white sails.

Japanese Nanbanjin Folding Screen

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This byobu, or folding screen, was created by Kano Naizen ca. 1593-1603. Referred to as the Arrival of the Southern Barbarians (Nanbanjin) Screen, the byobu's two sides provide a unique visualization from the Japanese perspective of the relations between Japan and Portugal in the early modern period. One side depicts the departure of a Portuguese merchant vessel from... Read More »

A woman dressed in a kimono and hair in Japanese style sits in a room playing a shamisen. A tray with a tea set and a tobacco tray are placed next to her, and a screen is placed at her back.

Japanese Old Photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Period

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The site will be useful to instructors looking to add visual sources to enliven a discussion of Japanese history at this critical moment in which Japan confronted the threat of Western imperialism and embarked on its own urgent project of modernization.
Detail of "The Priest Saigyo" a painting of an older man in a flowing black robe underneath Japanese text

Japanese Text Initiative

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Perhaps the greatest contribution of this site is its search engine, which enables the reader to search multiple texts, in English, for common topics or phrases. This feature makes these literary texts very useful to historians locating references on specific topics.

Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers

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The Library of Congress’ collection of Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers is a rich, important archive that keeps the stories of the community and their experiences alive.
The image is of "Child with Fox Mask; Gosho Doll" from the museum's collections.  It is a small, white porcelain figure of a child wearing a textile decorated with flowers.  A separate image of the doll on the site shows a fox mask for it to wear.

Kyoto National Museum

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The museum site is accessible and user-friendly. It will be particularly valuable for instructors looking to mobilize a collection of images and objects from ancient through early modern periods of Japanese history for student exploration.

Lady of the Bridge, Tale of Genji Painting Scroll

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The greatest work produced during the Heian era was The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, lady-in-waiting to Empress Akiko. Considered the world’s first novel, Genji is written as an absorbing portrait of Heian court life, the splendor of its rituals, and aesthetic culture. The Tale of Genji has been, through the centuries, the subject of visual illustration and... Read More »

Liberty

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Even before the French Revolution, the French had used a woman in a toga to symbolize liberty. By July 1789 this symbol had become quite common and would only grow more familiar over the revolutionary decade. Generally the female Liberty was a poised counterpart to the frantic actions of the Revolution. She represented calm like a saint. Belonging to no group and no particular place, she stood... Read More »

"The Radical's Arms" a political cartoon criticizing French Revolutionaries for the reign of terror by depicting two peasants with a guillotine before a burning globe

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity

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It is this type of versatility, coupled with the topical essays and the intuitive design of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity that makes this site a welcome resource for teachers of European history and world history (and their students).

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