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A curated guide to the best online content, large and small, in world history through website reviews from the perspective of a world history teacher.
A close up of the ships outside the port Santo Domingo during a pirate attack

Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820

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.
Hand-drawn map with mountains, rivers, and Japanese characters

Japanese Historical Maps

This collection contains high quality digital reproductions of roughly 100 historical maps produced in Japan from the 17th century to the 20th century.
Painting of men on a stoop reading a newspaper with shocked expressions surrounded by

Mexican-American War and the Media

The contrast between coverage of the war in the United States and in England is particularly striking.
Two men sitting, one has a stringed instrument and one has a drum.

Uysal-Walker Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative

By collecting and translating these folktales, the three interviewers preserved many oral traditions that may have otherwise been lost in the dynamism of a changing, 21st-century Turkey.
Painting of a man weighing coins on a scale and a woman sitting next to him.

Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank

The Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank provides straightforward database access to five sets of data on European currency exchange and commodities prices from the 13th through the 18th centuries.
Virtual scene of a long walkway over a river leading to a palace.

Virtual Ankgor

The curated videos alone would be an engaging resource for teaching the history of Angkor, but the site goes further by providing three well designed teaching modules that make use of the sites' resources to explore scholarly themes.
Sketch of map with notes in Dutch

Sejarah Nusantara

The Sejarah Nusantara represents an invaluable digital archive for international researchers studying the history of Indonesia and maritime Southeast Asia.
Drawing of several buildings surrounded by a wall

Florilegium Urbanum

Inspired by the medieval concept of a textual anthology illuminating specific topics, Florilegium Urbanum allows the user to explore more than 200 short sources and excerpts from longer texts dealing with medieval English towns.
List of data on crops in Germany, UK, and France.

NBER Macrohistory Database

The NBER Macrohistory Database is one of the best resources and clearinghouses on the internet for economics and economic history, but it requires a little hunting to locate information.
Drawing of a woman sitting holding a fan

Broadside Ballads Online

This website highlights 16th-, 17th-, and 18th-century broadside ballads. These were popular songs (frequently with lavish woodcut illustrations) sold at a relatively affordable price and widely circulated.