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World History Resources

  • Anne Frank the Writer: An Unfinished Story - This website is an online exhibition of Anne Frank's original writings from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. It is a combination of audio and animation so visitors experience Anne's essays and diary entries read aloud along with photographs of Anne and her family. (Shockwave is needed to view)

  • Best of History Websites - View a wide variety of history sites, rated for usefulness and accuracy, to help educators and students in their studies.


  • eHistory - This site from Ohio State University's History Department is for history students, fans, and enthusiasts. It includes 5300 timeline events, 800 battle outlines, 350 biographies, and thousands of images and maps.

  • Explorers of the World - Explore internet links about explorers such as, Christopher Columbus, Lewis and Clark, Henry Hudson, and many more.

  • Eyewitness to History - From Pliny at Pompeii to Roosevelt in Africa, this simply indexed website brings you descriptions of events from the people who experienced them.

  • Famous Trials - This site by Professor Douglas Linder from the University of Missouri, Kansas has detailed information on many famous trials, including the Rosenberg Trial, Scopes “Monkey” Trial, Nuremberg Trials, My Lai Court Martial, and the O.J. Simpson Trial.

  • Footnotes to History - This site features information on the nations you don't learn about in high school, such as the Republic of' Rough and Ready, a town in gold rush California that seceded from the Union over taxes in 1850 (and rejoined the next year).

  • Hispanic Heritage Month - View Gale Publishing's collection of activities, timelines, and biographies celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

  • History eSearch - This is an excellent resource of history links for students, educators and history buffs.

  • Historical Voices - Discover an online database of spoken word collections throughout the 20th century.

  • History 101 - This website serves as a portal to other websites categorized by subject. "The cultures of Africa, Aztec, China, Egypt, Greece, Mayan, Mesopotamia, Rome, Olmec, Prehistory, Middle Ages, and World War II are divided into categories of art, biographies, daily life, maps, pictures, research, and more."

  • History Channel - Research speeches on subjects as diverse as politics, science, diplomacy, and entertainment. Videos include this day in history, historical icons, military and war, arts and society, and science and technology. Each video clip includes a written description of the video.

  • Mad Monarchs Series - View short biographies on the personal lives of history's mad royals. Bibliographies are included.

  • Map Library - Need a map of the Ancient Persian Empire or a map of the 1993 Somalia conflict? These and over 1000 other maps and atlases are available from the U.S. Military Academy's Department of History. Some maps are quite large so downloads can be slow.

  • Military History Online - From Medieval times to the Vietnam War, this website is a webzine of community submitted articles.

  • World Digital Library - Browse the history and geography of the world by place, time, topic, type of item, and institution.

  • World War I - This site includes, timelines, and a list of World War I films.

  • World War II - This site includes information on the prelude to war, timelines, World War II on film, list of countries that fought in the war, and the number of casualties, famous quotes, and much more.


  • Year by Year - Browse world history, timelines, sports, and entertainment news from the last hundred years.