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Vintage illustration of a woman plucking fruit, with the words Works for Victory, 1945 below in italicised font

Historic Government Publications from World War II

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Easy to use, chockful of useful content, and easy to access even when offline, Historic Government Publications from World War II shows that repositories do not need to be overly complicated to achieve good things.
Ilustration of a nurse against a red background

History of Medicine and Medical Humanities

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...the Portal team are doing an excellent job of making the site a one-stop resource for everyone interested in the medical humanities
Geologic clock with events and time periods noting the formation of earth and development of life.

History of the Earth in a Cycle

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Our sense of time has been extended into the deep past in the last two centuries or so, and particularly since the 1950s, when Willard Libby showed that you could use the breakdown of radioactive molecules such as Carbon-14 to date events thousands of years before there were any written documents. Since then, geologists and biologists and astronomers have developed a whole battery of... Read More »

Blue circle with green landmass, showing an overhead view of the globe. It is captioned h/21.

History21

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The most meaningful goal of this site is its emphasis on epistemology, and students learning how to think historically.

Hobo-Dyer Projection Worldmap

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On a typical world map, such as the classic Mercator projection, Greenland appears misleadingly enormous – yet few observers pause to note the inaccuracies. Mapmakers rarely question other basic assumption, such as drawing north at the top. But if the Earth resembles ball spinning through space, are ‘up’ and ‘down’ so self-evident? Better maps can provide fresh perspective, and make viewers... Read More »

Screenshot of the site's map feature showing the Indian Ocean in the Industrial and Imperial era with markers for different objects, goods, and places highlighted on the site

Indian Ocean History

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It is easily the most comprehensive website for studying and teaching Indian Ocean history currently available.
Logo and name for the International Dunhuang Project

International Dunhuang Project

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The IDP, based at the British Library in London, is an international collaborative effort to catalog, conserve, and encourage research of Silk Road artifacts. This website, which currently displays around 20,000 digitized images of these artifacts, is one product of this larger effort.
The ruins of Great Zimbabwe's elliptical building

Internet African History Sourcebook

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The site provides broad chronological and geographic coverage, with a particularly impressive list of sources for ancient Egypt and Greek and Roman Africa. It is a gateway to an abundance of information.
Image of a sixteenth-century Ottoman carpet showing a portion of the carpet's main design field that contains a triple arch design with slender double columns and a hanging lamp in the central archway

Islamic Carpet made in Safavid Iran

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This carpet called the Qazvin Carpet (also known as the "Salting Carpet") was made in late-sixteenth century Safavid Iran likely in a royal atelier. The carpet was meant to be used with an outdoor garden space and it's intricately designed floral field and poetry woven into the margins are evidence of the nature of its use as a sensorial object meant to be sat upon but also touched, read, and... Read More »

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 »

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