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Short Teaching Module: Shared Space, Shared Experiences: Transnational Water Management around the Great Lakes


World historians sometimes work within a single sub-field, such as migration history or gender history, but they can also bring sub-fields together, as their perspectives, methods, and subject matter cross boundaries. In this essay, Meredith Denning discusses how her work brings together environmental and diplomatic history to better understand how humans’ perception of environmental change... Read More »

Short Teaching Module: The Forgotten Beirut-based Companies in the Global History of Capitalism


The history of capitalism has traditionally centered Europe, but the reality is that globalization and exchange has been shaped by actors from around the world. This teaching module explores the history of Levantine companies whose business practices led to the accumulation of large amounts of capital in the 19th century and whose actions and finances were an important influence on the history... Read More »

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Short Teaching Module: Using Ships as Guides for Transnational Adventures through World History


Ships travel across oceans and in doing so connect people in disparate places across the globe. In this essay, Brandon Tachco explains how a focus on ships as a theme can add much to the study of world history. As "in between" places like ships are transnational by definition and they provide engaging sources for students to study. Since much of the current global economy is predicated upon... Read More »

Sieyès, "What Is the Third Estate?" (1789)


Emmanuel–Joseph Sieyès was born at Fréjus, 3 May 1748. He was educated at a Jesuit school, became a licentiate of the canon law, and was appointed vicar–general by the bishop of Chartres. He first came into prominence with the publication of his pamphlet, "Qu’est ce que le tiers état?" In 1789, he was elected delegate to the Estates–General from Paris, and in the preliminary struggle for... Read More »

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Slave Voyages

Slave Voyages is an essential project for those seeking to learn more about enslavement and imperial powers in the Atlantic World, the transatlantic slave trade and Middle Passage, and the African diaspora.

Soccer Ball Assembly Using Child Labor


This photograph of a boy stitching together the parts of a soccer ball was taken in Pakistan in 1998 to document the use of child labor in manufacturing soccer balls and other athletic equipment in South Asia. In the upper right hand corner of the photo, a young girl is also working. Working long hours after or instead of school, child laborers suffer back injuries from crouching over a wooden... Read More »

Source Collection: Monarchy Embattled


Reality never matched the popular image of the all-powerful French King. Even Louis XIV, exalted by his own propagandists and many historians as the Sun King, never actually enjoyed that kind of authority. Theories of divine right, which linked the King to God, proved untenable for many. Yet, by the reign of Louis XIV the monarch was no longer a weak power against which nobles were regularly... Read More »

Source Collection: Social Causes of the French Revolution


Instead of bringing unity and a quick, political resolution to the questions of 1789, as intended by its originators, the Revolution was producing further conflicts. What had happened? Had the revolutionaries expected too much? Did the fault lie with the new political elite, because they excluded the lower classes from the optimistic prospects for change? Or did the leaders, despite their... Read More »

Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu

A legendary repository for scholars of Southeast Asia and researchers interested in the Chinese World Order, Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu is a veritable treasure trove of information on a dynamic region during a period of transcendental change.
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Southern Manchuria Railway (1906-1945)


The world’s earliest locomotive-operated railroads, short stretches transporting coal and ore locally from mines to factories and furnaces, were developed in Britain between 1800 and 1825. Soon the potential for transporting all kinds of goods as well as passengers became apparent, and by the 1830s railways were also being built in France, Prussia and the United States. Shareholder companies... Read More »