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British Empire: Autobiography, Mary Seacole


In 1857, only 24 years after the British had abolished slavery in the empire, Mary Seacole (1805-1881) published her autobiography entitled the Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands. Written in Britain, following Seacole’s experiences working among sick and wounded British soldiers fighting in the Crimean War, the book became an immediate bestseller. Seacole, who had grown up in... Read More »

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Having seized power through the coup of 18 Brumaire [9 November 1799], Bonaparte—now First Consul—set out to win public support for yet another new government. His first public pronouncement was the proclamation reprinted below, in which he claims he had acted to defend liberty and the republic against internal enemies. The proclamation, accompanied by similar proclamations from all the new... Read More »

The image shows a girl dressed in her Dund Deustcher Maedel uniform.

Bund Deutscher Maedel

The historical materials provide glimpses of girls' activities and appearance, and the primary source images and text illustrate the friendships among young women and girls. It also depicts the ways in which a modern state could appropriate girlhood.
Image of text from the website reading The Cambodian Genocide Program

Cambodian Genocide Program

These materials are more appropriate for teaching older students because they provide a grim and poignant reminder of the individual tragedies that underlie the staggering statistics associated with these crimes.
Thumbnail of a photo of women working in a factoryThere is also a great deal of material on the foundation of female education and on the women’s suffrage movement.

Canadian Women's History

There is also a great deal of material on the foundation of female education and on the women’s suffrage movement.

Cartoon about the Ottoman Empire


This cartoon appeared in the popular British magazine Punch on September 15, 1853. In it, France is personified based on the mustachioed Emperor Napoleon III, and Britain appears as the symbolic figure John Bull. They confer at the apparent deathbed of Abdulmecid I, the Sultan of Ottoman Empire, popularly referred to as Turkey. The specter of Russia with a cat 'o nine tails whip... Read More »

1914 cartoon reading "Bound for Berlin: The Great War Game" encircling a German soldier with a frightened look


This site provides students and teachers alike with a way of enlivening their approach to British political and social history. The website has a huge amount of material available, and it is well organized to help the researcher find cartoons from a particular cartoonist, or on a particular theme.

Celebrating Napoleon's Birthday on the Island of St. Helena


In this cartoon, Napoleon is portrayed as a buffoon, riding a goat in a charge against rodents, mocking his warlike instincts.

This source is a part of the The Napoleonic Experience teaching module.

Detail of a photograph showing two children sitting on the wing of a crashed German fighter plane.

Childhood and Evacuation

Most of the contributions are long and full of detail on humdrum daily routines during the war, which may try the patience of young people today. Yet the website surely achieves its objective of providing a monumental learning resource for future generations.
Detail of a 1930s drawing by Alberto Monos showing a purple tank with multiple guns firing at airplanes

Children's Drawings of the Spanish Civil War

In short, this is a potentially interesting collection that gives a child's perspective on the war, but from a teacher's point of view, there is very little help in ways of deploying it in the classroom.