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Discover quality websites on a range of topics and time periods.

Part of a Chinese picture scroll depicting a boat on a river and a bridge

The Song Dynasty in China

What makes this module particularly interesting is its usage of a 12th century picture scroll as a means to explore various facets of Chinese life during this period.
Circular medieval painting of a man raising his right arm

Res Obscura

Functioning primarily as the personal blog of historian Benjamin Breen, Res Obscura stays true to its by-line by being ‘a catalogue of obscure things’.

The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project

The Chinese Railroad Workers in America Project is an excellent, multi-faceted model of how rigorous academic research can embrace the digital turn to interface with the public in a clear and accessible way.
Black and white cat hissing on a gabled rooftop. This is a detail from Japanese printmaker Kōno Bairei.

Japanese Illustrated Books from the Edo and Meiji Periods

Spanning over three hundred years of Japanese book history, the collection includes famous Edo period (1603-1868) artists such as Andō Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).

Photo Library of the French School of Asian Studies

The EFEO has long been one of the leading centres of architectural, archaeological, epigraphic, ethnographic, and art historical research on Asia and this effort to digitise their extensive collection of photographs offers scholars and the public a new lens with which they can view a visually striking and rich region.
Example map from StoryMapJS

StoryMapJS: Maps that Tell Stories

A completed StoryMap will take you through a narrative that links text and media to locations on a map. Rather than simply clicking through points on a map, the tool is designed to create a narrative flow by clicking on an arrow to advance the story in a predetermined order.
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Digital Archive: International History Declassified

An extensive repository that collects declassified archival records from all over the world, the Wilson Center's Digital Archive: International History Declassified is an essential resource for scholars, educators, and students interested in international history.
Image featuring digital avatar of Rani Pramesti split down in half with the left half of the image featuring geometric designs while the right half features the naga, a mythical Southeast Asian creature

The Chinese Whispers

[The Chinese Whispers] serves as an important and powerful—if somewhat unconventional—primary source, allowing instructors and students to grapple with a variety of topics including Indonesian history, studies of the Overseas Chinese as a diasporic community, and notions of identity and belonging in diverse, multicultural populations.

Iceland Saga Map

Ultimately, the purpose of this map is to encourage and aid new readings of the sagas.
Map of Latin and South America showing bubbles indicating the number of resources in the database for each country

Latin American & Caribbean Digital Primary Resources

As a whole, the database serves the important goal of improving the accessibility of online libraries and archives. It provides a jumping off point for research into a variety of topics within Latin American history, and as it expands, its value will only increase

Freedom Narratives

Altogether, this free online website is an important resource for students and teachers who desire to understand biographical accounts and experiences of people from West Africa who fought to regain their freedom.

Liberated Africans

This website retraces the lives of over 250,000 people emancipated under global campaigns to abolish slavery, as well as thousands of officials, captains, crews, and guardians of a special class of people known as "Liberated Africans."

Patient No More

Not only does this site shed light on disability history, but the creators strove for universal accessibility as well. Thus, this resource caters to many learning needs.
A drawing of a building with a dome in the center

Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative

Perhaps most interesting and relevant for world history teachers and students are the modules that make connections across space and time.
Portrait of Ho Chi Minh later in life.

The Vietnam War: 1945 – 1975

Included on the site is a curriculum guide - a 180-page PDF that can be viewed on the site or downloaded. The that includes four distinct units divided chronologically (1945-1975) and further divided into eight clusters.
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Edsitement

The site contains over 500 lesson plans in a variety of humanities related subjects including history, literature, and art.
Image of Olaudah Equiano

Early Caribbean Digital Archive

The ECDA is an essential educational resource for studying the history of enslaved and free African, Afro-creole, and Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, European imperialism and colonialism, and the history of the Caribbean within the wider Atlantic World.
Korean world map

World Digital Library

The World Digital Library is a free online archive of over 19,000 culturally significant primary source materials from around the world.
Image of a slave trading vessel

Slave Voyages

Slave Voyages is an essential project for those seeking to learn more about enslavement and imperial powers in the Atlantic World, the transatlantic slave trade and Middle Passage, and the African diaspora.
Homepage of Constitute website

Constitute: The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search, and Compare

Constitute provides full text for almost all active constitutions around the globe, making it a powerful teaching tool for government, political history, and civic engagement.