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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.
Detail: Black and white photograph of two girls in dresses standing in front of a tree

Abdul-Hamid II Collection Photography Archive

Teachers and students of the history of children and youth will be particularly taken by the vast array of education-themed photographs, which reveal a strong emphasis placed on schooling by the Ottoman Empire at the time.
1907 photograph of Peck Piano Company workers

Museum of the City of New York: Byron Collection

The Byron photographers took as its subjects all manner of social life in and around New York; the collection includes private subjects (family portraits and home photographs), but the bulk of the collection documents public life and public institutions.
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 the header for The Illustrated London News showing the word "News" over part of the London skyline

The Illustrated London News

In sum, the archive has a variety of delights for the historians to search through, and a well-organized website, though no great depth of coverage or supporting material.
1914 cartoon reading "Bound for Berlin: The Great War Game" encircling a German soldier with a frightened look

Cartoons

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.
Detail of a1919 photo titled "Group Photo St. Deny's Home for Toddlers" showing a group of young children and a nurse.

Hidden Lives Revealed: A Virtual Archive

At its heart is a collection of "Photographs", "Case files", and "Learning materials" from one of the many philanthropic societies dedicated to the care of children in Britain at this period.
Detail of a photograph titled "General view of Granada incarceration camp" show rows of internment housing facilities

Japanese Incarceration Camps Sites

One of the richest sites on this topic is the Denshō Website, which documents the lives of internees through text, photographs, maps, and video interviews with survivors.
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.
Image of an ad asking "Wanted: Homes for Orphan Children"

The Adoption History Project

Overall, the Adoption History Project is among the best-designed and most succinctly comprehensive historical websites currently available. It is useful for students and scholars at all levels of academic proficiency
Image of two women making a dress on a dummy

Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition and History (HEARTH)

Materials are arranged into 11 broadly-defined topics; each is introduced with a short essay, an image, and a substantial bibliography of influential texts on that topic, in PDF format. The history of home economics is a relatively young discipline, so these bibliographies provide an especially valuable service.

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