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  • 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.

  • "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.

  • An interactive website of electoral college votes of elections from 1789 to the present day

  • A New Nation Votes features a searchable collection of election returns from the earliest years of American democracy.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • A gateway site to this organization's resources for teachers and students of American history, including print, visual and multimedia materials.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • Yale University's Project Avalon makes available in digital format full text documents in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. This phenomenal resource includes documents as varied as the ancient Code of Hammurabi, the Communist Manifesto, and the Treaty of Versailles.

  • This Website includes the history of the Battery and Castle Clinton.

  • The Society's objectives are to identify, collect, preserve, and maintain materials that document the history of Bayside and Northeast Queens.

  • The full text of this recently published title, in which "David B. Edwards traces the lives of threerecent Afghan leaders in Afghanistan's history--Nur Muhammad Taraki, Samiullah Safi, and Qazi Amin Waqad--to explain how the promise of progress and prosperity that animated Afghanistan in the 1960s crumbled and became the present tragedy of discord,destruction, and despair." Includes a glossary and bibliography.

  • This site features 26 topics in United States history, each including maps, key events, and links to sites with primary and secondary source materials.

  • A site devoted to the New York City blackouts in 1965 and 1977.

  • "You can use this website to search and browse information from British OfficialPublications over the period 1688-1995. You can also read abstracts, and view detailed consistent subject indexing, ofkey documents. You can then read the digitised full-text version of a limited number of these documents. BOPCRIS currently contains 23,279 references to key British Official Publications 1688-1995."

  • This site has a collection of primary source material on slavery as well as a substantial collection of photographs and slave narratives.

  • The collection consists chiefly of portraits of presidents, members of Congress, military officers, justices of the Supreme Court, artists, and other notables.

  • Dedicated to uncovering the cultural, political, economic, and religious histories of the more than 500,000 people of African descent in the Bronx.

  • The Bronx County Historical Society was founded in 1955 to preserve the heritage of this thriving community. The Society administers the colonial era Valentine-Varian House, which serves as the Museum of Bronx History The Bronx County Archives an extensive Research Library and Poe Cottage, the final home of America's great 19th century poet and author, Edgar Allan Poe.

  • Look for the History section of The New York Public Library's "The Bronx on the Web. It includes a compilation of documents and links relating to Bronx history.

  • A special collection on the history of Brooklyn from earliest times to the present including books, photographs, postcards, newspapers, clippings, atlases, maps, manuscripts, and memorabilia.

  • This database, produced by the Brooklyn Public Library, provides access to the full-page image with searchable text of the Eagle from 1841-1902.

  • This Website explores Brooklyn during the Civil War by presenting primary source documents photographs, letters, newspaper articles, illustrations, and more that show what life was like during this period.

  • Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society, is a nationally renowned urban history center dedicated to the exploration and preservation of documents, artwork and artifacts representative of Brooklyn's diverse cultures past and present. Website includes an interactive timeline

  • This site is based on an exhibition which "concentrates on those aspects of the settlement process that are documented in the collections of the National Archives of Canada. The intent is to give a general impression of the nature, variety, and vastness of the records that relate to western Canada, and in doing so, show how these records might be used by researchers. The exhibition also serves as a gateway to the large-scale digitization of selected holdings on the West that the National Archives has recently undertaken, and will undertake in the future." Also available in French.

  • In 1872, Thomas Nast, the premier cartoonist for Harpers Weekly, waged a scorched-earth assault against the presidential campaign of Horace Greeley, the famous and influential founder and editor of the New York Tribune.

  • A virtual museum of art exhibits histories, narratives, and documents educational resources links and bibliographies.

  • Weekly Internet journal of Central and East European politics, society and culture.

  • This site provides access to the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress.

  • A brief biography of Cesar Estrada Chavez, who "founded andled the first successful farm workers' union in U.S.history. When he passed away on 23 April 1993, he waspresident of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO." Includes bibliographic resources.

  • Sponsors the study of medieval history with a particular focus on Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, Viking, and Angevin history.

  • This site from the National Archives contains facsimiles, transcripts, and background information on the founding documents of the United States.

  • A collection of oral histories of civil rights activities, as well as a list of repositories of such collections. A timeline of the civil rights era is also included.

  • The Civil War Home Page contains thousands of pages of Civil War material including images, documents, statistics, and official records.

  • This Library of Congress site contains approximately 2,240 Civil War maps and charts and 76 atlases and sketchbooks.

  • A Library of Congress collection of 1,118 Civil War photographs which can be searched by keyword, browsed by subject, or viewed by year.

  • This site includes ephemera from the Civil War period, photgraphic images, and writings and drawings from soldiers on both sides of the war.

  • A collection of historical documents as well as scholarly books and articles on American Colonial history.

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