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  • This website, developed by profesors at Stockton College, provides links to useful websites on the history of several Asian countries. Links are provided to information including history, politics, maps, culture and society.
  • Site contains numerous digitized maps of Asian countries and regions. The maps are in .PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat to view them.
  • This website, maintained by South/Southeast Asia Library at the University of California- Berkeley, provides links to various information resources dealing with the Southern region of Asia. There are links to online exhibits, web resources and bibliographies, archival materials and other primary resources, as well as topics in women's histry and social movements.
  • This website contains digital documents related to the history of the different regions of Asia. Links provide access to documents based on region. There are also documents related to social and cultural history of Asia as a whole.
  • Site provides links to information about the history of Bangladesh, as well as interactive learning components including images and audio which provide a richer context of Bangladesh's history and culture.
  • Site hosted by the Library of Congress providing information about the country, its economy, history, government, transpotation, environment, finance, industry and society. Includes links to information about various historical
  • Site contains links to information and photographic database dealing with the Cambodian genocide of the 1970's. Site also contained links to several subject databases regarding the subject as well.
  • A comprehensive collection of China/Chinese history related websites.
  • From George Washington University's National Security Archive, a collection of documents providing a United States perspective on the events of 1989, in which the Chinese government used heavily armed military force against student demonstrators.
  • "An experimental server featuring links to French-related resources on the Web of interest to university-level teachers and students."
  • Provides 12 topical essays, 250 images, 350 text documents, 13 songs recordings, 13 maps, a timeline, and a glossary. Searchable by keywords, topics,or type of resource.
  • A Dutch site containing links and information related to Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) and the Napoleonic Era. Some linked sites are in various European languages.
  • Through a rich use of multimedia, site visitors can explore the forests and terrain of this former Soviet republic, visit the Black Sea, and learn about Georgian history from an interactive timeline.
  • An interactive exhibit which explores how news coverage differed in East and West Berlin.
  • Online encyclopeda includes narrative, illustration, and primary sources, Part of the Spartacus Educational website.
  • This site contains an introduction to ancient Greek history, culture, politics, art, and warfare. There is a detailed timeline covering 1400 B.C. to 337 B.C.
  • This site, created by Hong University Library, represents an extensive digital collection of primary source documents covering various topics of Hong Kong history including politics, health, its relationship with the West, as well as a database of newspaper clippings.
  • Website providing links to maps of different areas of India throughout its history. The maps are located on external sites.
  • Links to external web resources provided by the Library of Congress
  • Web pathfinder providing links to information about business, history, education, law, events, religion, maps and other topics. The site is created and hosted by the National Library of Australia.
  • Interactive timeline and information about the history of Korea provided by the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea
  • This page provides links to information, oral histories, sound files, photographs, and exhibits related to the US involvment in Korea during the early 1950's. This site is provided and maintained by the Harry Truman Presidential Library and Museum
  • Site provides numerous links to information about the history, culture and society of Mongolia. The site is hosted by the Indo-Mongolian Society of New York.
  • This website, maintained by the Library of Congress, contains information about the geography, society, economy, politics and history of the country. Additionally, there are links to a bibliography and other resources such as crime, government, religion, culture, and industry as well
  • This website, created by the University of Califonia - Berkeley Library, contains information about the history in chronological order from ancient times. The site also includes links to Internet accessable articles, as well as a bibliography.
  • Provides general information on the history of the country of Pakistan. The page is provided by the Pakistani Embassy.
  • Provides links to various resources about the Philippines including history, maps, images, culture, and government.
  • History encyclopedia ncludes narrative, illustrations, primary sources. Part of the Spartacus Educational website.
  • Website providing information and links about the history of Taiwan, as well as links to information about recent events(organizad chronologically).
  • This website, maintained by the Library of Congress, contains information about the geography, society, economy, politics and history of the country. Additionally, there are links to a bibliography and other resources such as crime, government, and industry as well.
  • Website that provides information and virtual tours of several palaces locate in Thailand.
  • This pathfinder, developed by the Library of Congress, provides several links to reliable information about various aspects of Thailand such as history, culture and architecture.
  • Page provides links to information on Tibetan history, culture, social heirarchies and systems. The page also provides information on oral histories of Tibetans. The Center for Research on Tibet is part of the anthropology department at Case Western Reserve University
  • Online encyclopedia featuring topics and biographical sketches relating to British History.
  • Provides biographical information, FAQs, quotes, information about the English Civil Wars, and links to other resources. The site is jointly maintained by the Cromwell Association and by the Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon.
  • Detailed site containing biographical information, material concerning life in Elizabethan England, quotations, bibliographies, and film listings. Keyword searchable.
  • Contains "more than 25,000 directory listings of history related venues, organisations and experts in the UK. Browse through news, features, competitions and a searchable Timeline of British history from 10,000 BC to the present day."
  • Companion to a ten-part BBC series on the history of Scotland.
  • Official site provides a detailed history of the principal seat of the British monarchy in London, England.
  • An online exhibition which explores how, during the Middle Ages, "the governments of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and of England's French territories, interacted in politics, warfare, religion, trade and everyday life."
  • "VRW is dedicated to the scholarly study of nineteenth-century Britain, and toaiding researchers, teachers, and students in their investigations of any and all aspects of this fascinating period. VRW is intended to supply a handy set of tips and links to help Victorianists find the practical information they need, whether it's an archive catalogue, a bibliography, a listserv address, a sample syllabus, a place to stay in London, or a journal's submission guidelines."
  • Historical highlights, 1898-1998, presented by the New York Times.

  • Survey of signs from 14th Street to 42nd Street with an emphasis on vintage signs. Documentation is supplied wherever available.

  • Images of various papers found in a box that hadn't been opened in over 100 years. The Theatre section has seating plans, program covers, and clippings of theatres and productions in the 1870's and 1880's.
  • Full digital image of original documents and commentary on the treaty between the Sioux and the U.S. government.
  • This U.S. Coast Survey map includes Staten Island's roads and buildings.
  • An interactive website of electoral college votes of elections from 1789 to the present day
  • Click "Search" and enter "Staten Island." (if you wish you can limit your search to just documents, manuscripts, printed texts, etc.) Hundreds of documents mentioning Staten Island are available.
  • U.S. Congressional documents and debates from 1774 to 1875.
  • An online illustrated textbook which describes in detail what life was like during Shakespeare's time.

  • Explore jazz history through one photograph [1958].
  • Wonderful photos and walking tours of Manhattan's gargoyles and other architectural ornaments.
  • A New Nation Votes features a searchable collection of election returns from the earliest years of American democracy.
  • A map of Staten Island from 1777 showing the British encampment.
  • Digitized images from the collections of the Minneapolis Public Library and University of Minnesota Library.
  • Web page from the Tenement Museum tells the story of 97 Orchard Street. [1864]
  • A look at old railroad stations in the Bronx with notes on what remains of the structures today.
  • Information and photos on abandoned Island stations from Forgotten New York.
  • A complete inventory of existing underground stations in the New York area that are not in use.
  • Directory of resources with brief annotations. Included are sections for Indexes & Directories a Digital Library News & Media sources the status of Women in Afghanistan Organizations and the Taliban, Osama bin Laden, and Al-Quida.
  • This site provides a chronology of historical events from the 1600s through 1969, a chronology about African-Americans in the western United States, and a list of sources.
  • Links to websites, articles, book excerpts, and other resources relating to the history of African Americans in the labor union movement.
  • This website features 117 primary sources materials from the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society that offer a window into the lives of African Americans in Massachusetts from the late 17th century through the 1780s
  • Website for the African Burial Ground National Historic Landmark located at the corners of Duane and Elk Streets in lower Manhattan.

  • This site provides a chronology of historical events from the 1600s through 1969, a chronology about African-Americans in the western United States, and a list of sources.
  • Introduction to the script, grammar, and nature of the Akkadian language, including examples of cuneiform writing.
  • A treasure trove of full-text primary sources spanning 500 years of American History. Speeches, treaties, Supreme Court decisions, declarations of war, and other key documents are arranged chronologically in a simple list, making it easy to find the primary source you need.

  • A collection of over 160,000 images from rural America during the Great Depression, as well as the war mobilization effort.
  • A collection of over 160,000 images from rural America during the Great Depression, as well as the war mobilization effort.
  • A digitzed collection of pamphlets, correspondence, and proceedings relating to the "Origin, Settlement, and Progress of the Colonies in North America"
  • "The American Battle Monuments Commission is a small independent agency of the Executive Branch of thefederal government. It is responsible for:commemorating the services of the American Armed Forces where they have served since April 6, 1917 (thedate of U.S. entry into World War I)through the establishment of suitable memorial shrines designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American military burial grounds in foreign countries for controlling the design and construction of U.S. military monuments and markers in foreign countries by other U.S.
  • ABSEES covers North American scholarship on East-Central Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Union. Contains bibliographic records for journal articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, online resources, and selected government publications.
  • This extensive web page gathers together in one place hypertext links to the most useful identified electronic files about the American Civil War.
  • A gateway site to primary source materials that were relevant to life in Colonial America. The websites linked to from this site cover an immense amount of literature and documents that influenced or were written by early Americans.
  • "American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later."
  • A collection of oral histories from the WPAs Folklore Project that brings together over 2,000 personal narratives and case studies from the late 1930s. The histories describe the quotidian and the unusual life stories of Americans from over 20 states.
  • An extensive archive of photographs, prints, and drawings that users may search by topic. Try "Bronx" or a particular site or neighborhood in The Bronx.
  • Click "Search" and enter "Staten Island." (if you wish you can limit your search to just documents, manuscripts, printed texts, etc.) Hundreds of documents mentioning Staten Island are available.
  • Primary sources for seven time periods of United States history are provided at this site covering 1783-1968. Each period is subdivided into various topics and contains an overview.
  • A resource on the history of the presidency and the modern presidency, as well as the nature of policy making related to the office.
  • The digitized maps and atlases included in American Shores are drawn from the extensive holdings of the Map Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library. Search the collection for maps which include a 1776 Revolutionary War map, an 1845 Marine Hospital Ground map, a 1781 New York Harbor chart and more.
  • A gateway site to this organization's resources for teachers and students of American history, including print, visual and multimedia materials.
  • This guide provides citations to print and Internet reference sources, as well as to selected large primary source collections.
  • Thoughtful overview of standard and scholarly print sources on Commedia dell'Arte and its theatrical descendants, by Jose Garriga.
  • Excerpted from William Dean Howells *Impressions and Experiences* [1896].
  • Cultural information about various ancient civilizations organized in an alphabetical listing
  • Site hosted by the BBC provides information on various peoples and groups in ancient history, along with images, animated timelines, presentations
  • Documents and links to other websites presented in a structured manner. The primary subject areas include Human Origins, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Greece, the Hellenistic world, Rome, Late Antiquity, and Christian Origins.
  • Table of Contents from J.J. Clute's 1877 work, the "Annals of Staten Island". Available at The New York Public Library.
  • Founded in 1962, the Archaeology society provides lectures and tours of sites around the world.
  • Over 29,000 photographs primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures concentrated chiefly in the northeastern United States, especially the New York City area, and Florida.
  • Searchable digital library of more than 10 billion archived web pages and other cultural artifacts dating back to 1996. The archive also includes texts, movies, live music, and other audio.
  • Good gateway for information on contemporary playwrights, including Ayckbourn, Ensler, Fo, Hansberry, Hwang, Kushner, Ravenhill, Shepard, Anna Devere Smith, Vogel & Wasserstein.
  • Page provides links to academic, library, archives, government and information resources on different regions of Asia. Also provides links to media, films, and museums.
  • Links to various resources on history of several Asian countries including China, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, and Korea. Page provided by the University of Washington.
  • Australia's official statistical organization.
  • "The Australian Federation Full Text Database contains the debates and conventions of the 1890's leading up to Federation, including Bathurst and Corowa, with a range of participants' accounts and other contextual material from the time. These include the Quick and Garran "Annotated Constitutionof the Commonwealth of Australia", and "Studies in Australian Constitutional Law" by Andrew Inglis Clark, as well as a large number of books, pamphlets and articles by Deakin, Barton, Griffiths and others."

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