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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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For teachers and students, the sections dealing with the history of the holocaust, education, research, and contemporary genocides are the most valuable.
Detail of an engraving showing Saint Peter's cathedral ca. 1587

Vatican Library

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But the best use of this site might be to accept it as an exhibit and encourage students to wander through it themselves, stopping where they choose, so that they discover the beauty and variety of the collection.
Photograph of Shanghai city street in 1920

Virtual Shanghai: Shanghai Urban Space in Time

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These thousands of photographic images, maps, and texts focus on Shanghai during the pre-1949 period, bringing a wealth of visual material previously scattered among various institutions to students, teachers, and scholars.
A close up of the ships outside the port Santo Domingo during a pirate attack

Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820

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Students could speculate on who made the objects, who used them, and how they were used. This would give them a sense of the kind of interpretive work done by historians.
Part of a map of Scotland overlaid with illustrations of women, meant to signify witches, being placed at particular points.

Witches

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Witches is well-conceived and equally well-presented project that takes our understanding of Scottish witchcraft one step further
Korean world map

World Digital Library

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The World Digital Library is a free online archive of over 19,000 culturally significant primary source materials from around the world.
Map of the earth showing areas where lights can be seen from space at night

World Light Map

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In "38 maps that explain the global economy", Matthew Yglesias has captured for Vox the prominent features of our contemporary global economy and society. For example, this map from NASA is a composite satellite image that shows how each region of the world appears at night. The lights,... Read More »

World map by Henricus Martellus

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Henricus Martellus was a German geographer and cartographer who worked in the Italian city of Florence from 1480 to 1496. His book of 1490, Insularium Illustratum ("Illustrated Book of Islands"), in which this map appeared, was widely circulated for two reasons. One, Martellus made use of recently rediscovered and translated research of Ptolemy, a Roman geographer, whose use of... Read More »

A line of women and children wait by a train

Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

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The museum Yad Vashem is one of the foremost research centers for holocaust studies in the world.
“Africae Novo” Map

“Africae Novo” Map

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The “Africae novo” map, from the early 1600s, allows us to think through the interpretation of one historical map. Unlike some historical maps that are mysteries, we know the origins of this one: it was produced by a famous Dutch cartographer, Willem Blaeu, and published in his 1630 atlas. The atlas has survived in several copies, and this artist is quite well known. Blaeu was an instrument... Read More »

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