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National Security Archive: Sources on Europe

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These materials help students discover that history does not follow a predetermined course, but is the result of decisions, any one of which could drastically alter history’s outcome.
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Native Land

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It is a good place to start learning about knowledge generation and how indigenous groups and settlers can come together to document their histories.

Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula

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First issued by Jodocus Hondius in about 1625, this rare map of the world is the first printed map that depicts the Australian continent. The map shows the rough outline of the western coast of Australia in the bottom righthand corner. Dutch East India Company (VOC) captain Dirk Hartog encountered the west coast of Australia after his ship Eendracht was blown off course during its journey from... Read More »

Parque Lage

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The Parque Lage is located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, and at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer mountain. The site features lush gardens and a nineteenth-century mansion. Its name originates from the former residents of the home, Henrique Lage and Gabriella Besanzoni. Lage earned his extensive wealth from his investment in industrialization across several industries, including port... Read More »

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People with a History: An Online Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans* History

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In essence then this is an excellent site to find additional materials with some caveats: some links are now dead, in other ways this site is dated, and other parts – such as the section on images – are still empty. Still the materials that this site provides educators with great resources and thought-provoking articles.
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Primary Source: Educating Global Citizens

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Such sources are indeed a superb addition to one’s class; unquestionably the materials on the Primary Source site can help enhance any class.
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Primer: Big History

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Big History is an approach to world history that takes as its subject the story of the whole of the Universe, from its creation, 13.8 billion years ago, in the Big Bang. It describes the creation of stars, the forging of new types of matter in dying stars, the formation of the first planets and moons, and the emergence of life on at least one planet, the Earth. Then it tells how planet earth... Read More »

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Primer: Comparative History

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Comparison is used in many different ways in world history, both implicitly and explicitly. Explicit types of comparison used by historians today include “entangled comparisons,” which compare pairs in which the similarities might come from interaction with each other; “encompassing comparison,” in which the pair may not interact with each other directly, but are both parts of some larger... Read More »

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Primer: Environmental History

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Environmental history lends itself particularly well to a world history framework. Environmental processes do not limit themselves to national or cultural borders. The climate, for example, has always been a global system. Environmental history may also consist of unusual sources and feature "archives" that exist in the natural world. For teachers, environmental history can be an approach that... Read More »

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Primer: Gender in World History

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Gender history developed in the 1980s out of women’s history, when historians familiar with studying women increasingly began to discuss the ways in which systems of sexual differentiation affected both women and men. Historians interested in this new perspective asserted that gender was an appropriate category of analysis when looking at all historical developments, not simply those involving... Read More »

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