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  • National Resource Centers at International and Area Studies

  • The Institute of International Studies online projects and resources include:
    • Conversations With History: Collection of interviews with distinguished men and women from all over the world. Organized into Globetrotter Research Galleries by a variety of topics and Connecting Students to the World, curricula designed for high school students.
    • Chancellor's Forum on Nuclear Danger and Global Survival: Series of forums, most recently held in the fall of 2001
    • Foreign Policy after 911: Undergraduate course, open to the public as a lecture series, held in the spring of 2002; includes video links for the lectures
    • Women's Rights: Commentary by men and women on the unfinished struggle for women's rights, from the Conversations with History archive
    • Amnesty International's Human Rights Syllabi for the College Classroom: Syllabi compiled from colleges and universities throughout the US, and some foreign institutions, on human rights issues.

  • American Slavery Debate in the Context of Atlantic History, 1770-1865. (Annotated primary source collection produced by teacher Andrew Hammann during ORIAS residency 2010.)

    The American slavery debate occurred during a time of increasing connections among the continents and islands of the Atlantic Ocean:  an area that includes Europe, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Africa.  As such, it is useful and illuminating for historians to consider the ways in which contemporary individuals, events and trends of the Atlantic region influenced this contentious and long-running dialogue.  It is important to note that the website excludes a related and important research path:  the reciprocal effect of the American slavery debate on the course of Atlantic history. The American Slavery Debate website is intended to faciliate primary source research and support the development of new scholarship in the fields of American History and Atlantic History. 


    • Overview:  a home page for each module
    • Library:  a categorized, chronological view of all module documents
    • Document Collections:  groups of documents organized by historical theme
    • Case Study:  a guided, in-depth look at one of the document collections
    • Bibliography:  an alphabetized list of all primary and secondary sources associated with a module
    • Biographies:  a link to http://www.reference.com/ to facilitate quick research on document authors 
  • UCB History Social Science Project - Customized professional development programs respond to the needs of school sites in order to strengthen teacher capacity and increase student discipline-specific literacy and thinking as well as content knowledge. UCBHSSP is part of the California History Social Science network.
    Some particularly useful CHSSP resources for world history at
    • History Blueprint
    • Current Context

  • Digital TV and the World - Student produced short videos.
    These stories were produced by reporters in the "Digital TV and the World" special project at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. According to project director Todd Carrel, the digital journalists travel the world to "find interesting stories that help reveal the fabric of a community." The series began in August 2002 with stories about ordinary people -- from a fishing village near Nagasaki, to the rainforests of Peru, to the streets of Phnom Penh.

  • Modern Sports and the Formation of European Identity (Curriculum resource unit developed from 2008 Institute of European Studies conference.

  • On-line Archive of California Part of the Calfornia Digital Library, the OAC is "a statewide digital resource that integrates into a single, searchable database, finding aids to and digital facsimiles of the contents of primary resource collections throughout California." This is an enormous on-line collection including texts, photographs and digital art reproductions. One particularly nice resource is the Museums in the Online Archive of California which includes annotated ethnographic field photographs from the Hearst Museum,  Chinese scrolls from the Berkeley Art Museum collection and African art from the Fowler Museum at UCLA.

  • Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology has good on-line materials and an excellent outreach program for elementary and middle school students.Reservations for class visits should be made a minimum of two weeks in advance.

  • Robbins Collection at (Boalt Hall) School of Law Library The Robbins Collection ranks among the very best research libraries in the world in the fields of religious and civil law. They host a number of excellent online resources:
    • Online exhibits: The Medieval Law School; The Roman-Dutch Legal Tradition; Famous Trials and their Legacies; Milestones in Legal Culture and Traditions.
    • Web based educational units: Roman Legal Tradition and the Compilation of Justinian; The Common Law and Civil Law Traditions; California's Legal Heritage.

  • Geo-Images project at UCBerkeley presents a wonderful series of slides gathered from the personal collections of Berkeley Geography faculty.
  • S*P*I*R*O Architectural Images - architectural images database - search by name, title, location or subject.
  • Webcasts of classes, lectures, and events at U. C. Berkeley.

  • A Pure and Remote View: Chinese Landscape Art lectures by James Cahill.

  • UCB librarian Lynn Jones' research guide and links to secondary source databases and other library services for World History students. Library links are restricted to UCB students but there are also external reference links and a student guide to conducting research.



  • Asian Art Museum: The museum has some well-annotated images from its rich collection on-line. Their education department also offers excellent teacher workshops and materials including videos, resource packets, slide sets and hands-on kits. (Much of their education material is online now. A number of their resource packets are available from the ORIAS lending library.)

  • Asian Review of World History Official Journal of The Asian Association of World Historians. Published by The Institute of World and Global History -- a peer-reviewed journal, publishes original research articles and book reviews to advance research, teaching, and public discussion on world historical studies in or for the Asian region
  • Big History: “Big History is a new and emerging field that attempts to unify the past — all of the past — from the beginning of time, through the four major historic regimes of Cosmic, Earth, Life and Human history, up to the present. It offers a broad understanding of how the past has unfolded, and the opportunity to think about what unifying characteristics there may be in all kinds of history. It presents a motivation for bridging the intellectual chasm between humanities and sciences." Even in a small dose, Big History provides a great framework for introducing global studies to any age group.

  • Bridging World History (Annenberg/CPB project) Bridging World History is organized into 26 thematic units along a chronological thread. Materials include videos, an audio glossary and a thematically-organized interactive.Free and on-line.

  • Virtual Books from the British Library - Books, Exhibitions with primary and secondary sources.

  • California International Studies Project (in Bay Area see World Saavy )

  • Committee for Teaching About the U. N.

  • Community College Humanities Association

  • Crash Course in World History - a fun, manic review of world history by John Green.

  • EARMARC (East Asian Regional Materials and Resources Center), housed at the History Department at San Jose State University and supported by the Institute of East Asian Studies at U.C. Berkeley, offers an extensive free lending library for educators of video materials on East Asia. For a catalogue and further information, contact E. Bruce Reynolds. Email: ereynoldATemail.sjsu.edu (tel: 408-924-5518)

  • Edsitement: National Endowment for the Humanities "Best of the Humanities on the Web" site for teachers.

  • The Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) Virtual Campus is an ICRC resource centre for educators teaching the basic principles of International Humanitarian Law. Highly developed lessons and resources.

  • Federal Resources for Educational Support Free teaching and learning resources from federal agencies.

  • Gapminder.org Interactive uses of data on world health, income, and development. Teacher section includes guides on using data to lecture about global development from 1800 until today. See also founder Hans Rosling's on-line lecture "New Insights Into Poverty."

  • Geography

  • Globalization.org (CSIS)

  • H-World- H-Net discussion group serves as a network of communication among practitioners of world history.
  • Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History - Metropolitan Museum resources site with world maps, timelines, thematic essays, works of art.

  • Itinerario - International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction

  • Journal of Global History

  • Open Culture - "best free cultural and educational media on the web" - includes well-vetted lists of free online courses, books, and films.

  • Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

  • Educational Maps Resources from Mighty Maps. Mighty Maps is a project started in 2010 by Benjamin K. Shown at the University of Washington. What began as a graduate design thesis project has turned into a continuing mission to create change with maps.

  • The Map as History: on-line collection of animated maps with narratives and timelines for teaching. Emphasis is on Europe and the U.S. expansion, colonization, and wars. Strongest on twentieth century.

  • SFMOMA ArtThink: ArtThink is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's curriculum site, which provides theme-based activities in visual arts, language arts, history and social studies.

  • SPICE: Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education: Housed in the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, SPICE has produced over 100 supplementary curriculum units on Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the global environment, and international political economy.

  • World Digital Library - The World Digital Library (WDL) is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world. The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures.

  • World History Association

  • World History Connected - on-line journal of the World History Association.
    "World History Connected is designed for everyone who wants to deepen the engagement and understanding of world history: students, college instructors, high school teachers, leaders of teacher education programs, social studies coordinators, research historians, and librarians. For all these readers, WHC presents innovative classroom-ready scholarship, keeps readers up to date on the latest research and debates, presents the best in learning and teaching methods and practices, offers readers rich teaching resources, and reports on exemplary teaching. WHC is free worldwide. It is published by the University of Illinois Press, and its institutional home is Washington State University."

  • World History For Us All: A model electronic curriculum for world history in middle and high schools."World History for Us All" is a web-based model curriculum for world history in middle and high schools and is a cooperative project of the National Center for History in the Schools and San Diego State University. It is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. World History for Us All offers a curriculum that: http://worldhistoryforusall.sdsu.edu
    • presents the human past as a single story rather than unconnected stories of many civilizations.
    • enables teachers to cover subject matter specified by district, state, and national standards within a conceptually logical and coherent framework.
    • includes a treasury of teaching units, lesson plans, activities, assessments, and resources.
    • shows teachers how to address thousands of years of human history in a single academic year without excluding major peoples, regions, or time periods.

  • World History Matters is a resource portal for world history teachers hosted by the Center for History and New Media and George Mason University. It includes the two sites for primary sources below. http://chnm.gmu.edu/worldhistorymatters/
  • World Saavy (a non-profit educational organization in San Francisco) facilitates a Teachers and Schools Program and two youth programs, the World Affairs Challenge and the Global Youth Media and Arts Program.

  • The WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources This is an extensive list of links to resources international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics. Not targeted specifically for students or world historians (more a political science collection), but a good reference site for teaching more advanced courses - vetted and maintained by Wayne A. Selcher, Professor of International Studies, Emeritus at Elizabethtown College, PA.


  • Internet History Sourcebook Project (Fordham University) is a large collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use. 

  • Reading Like A Historian (Stanford University History Education Group) posts a number of World History lessons using primary sources and publishes excellent materials about the pedagogy of engaging students with historical documents.

  • World History Sources (George Mason University) lists online primary source collections chronologically and provides instructional material on unpacking evidence and analyzing documents.



INTERNET COLLABORATION with classrooms abroad:

  • ePals is a Global Community of collaborative learners, teachers, and academic experts in 200 countries and territories.

  • iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 27,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 125 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.
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  • BBC news service country profiles.

  • CIA Factbook

  • Country Reports general student friendly profiles of world countries

  • CountryWatch.com is "an information provider for schools, universities, libraries and individuals who need up-to-date information and news on the countries of the world and for the public and private sector organizations with global operations and interests." Easy to read format and separate pages for students.

  • Portals to the World - Facts and links to culture, economy, geography, government, history, languages, politics, religions, and other aspects of more than 150 nations, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Selected by area specialists and other staff at the Library of Congress. (Library of Congress) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=1878

  • U. S. State Department background sheets include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus.
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Africa * Central Asia * East Asia : China | Japan | Korea * Southeast Asia * South Asia 
* Latin America
* Slavic and East Europe * Middle East * Western Europe

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Center for African Studies

AFRICA * (See also: U.C. Berkeley and Recommended Web Resources for World History.)

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Institute of Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies

CENTRAL ASIA * (See also: U.C. Berkeley and Recommended Web Resources for World History.)

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Institute of East Asian Studies

EAST ASIA - CHINA | JAPAN | KOREA * (See also: U.C. Berkeley and Recommended Web Resources for World History.)




      • AskAsia: Resources for teachers and students offered by the Asia Society.
      • Asia for Educators - Extensive resources for teaching China and Japan from East Asian Curriculum Project (EACP)-- Columbia University
      • The Asia in the Curriculum (AIC) Bulletin is the announcement and discussion site of the Symposium on Asia in the Curriculum, a group of undergraduate and secondary school educators who teach about Asia
        http://www.asiainthecurriculum.org/ .
      • Asian Art Museum, San Francisco 
        (Educator resources: http://www.asianart.org/educatorresources.htm)
      • Expanding East Asian Studies Program (ExEAS) - Supported by a grant from the Freeman Foundation and based at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute of Columbia University, the Expanding East Asian Studies (ExEAS) website presents innovative courses and teaching materials that incorporate the study of East Asia in broad thematic, transnational, and interdisciplinary contexts and provides models for incorporating East Asia into general education, disciplinary, and survey courses in undergraduate curricula.
      • From Silk to Oil: Cross-Cultural Connections Along the Silk Road - travel the deserts and mountain passes of Central Asia with on-line curriculum. This book of global studies curriculum, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and produced by China Institute, begins in the second century BCE and ends in the contemporary period. A pdf file of the book is online at:
      • Maps of Asia (Texas U.)
      • Chinese Media Guide
      • Museums in the Online Archive includes lots of East Asian visual materials including Chinese scrolls from the Berkeley Art Museum http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/moac/classic/
      • National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) - Freeman Foundation funded program for professional development in teaching about East Asia.
      • Sidney D. Gamble Photographs: 1917-1932 (China, Japan, Korea, San Francisco, and Russia.) http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/gamble/ The Duke University Libraries website is the home of a digital collection with 5,000 photographs taken by Sidney Gamble from 1917-1932. Gamble was a China scholar, a sociologist, and amateur photographer, and this online collection is composed of photos from China, Japan, Korea, San Francisco, and Russia. Interestingly, the collection of photos was also used in two freshmen writing classes at Duke where the students were tasked with captioning some of the photos and the "captions [were] intended to contextualize Gamble's photos in the dramatic changes that took place during this period." Visitors should click on "Duke Writing 20, 2009: A Changing China Through Photos" to see the captioned photos, which elevate the educational content and interest of the photos. The student who captioned the first photo, "American Board Girls's School Middle School Classroom" explains the photograph in detail and places the classroom's arrangement, the presence of a picture of Jesus on a wall, and the presence of girls in the classroom in historical context.
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Center for Chinese Studies

    CHINA * (See also: U.C. Berkeley and Recommended Web Resources for World History.)

    • China the Beautiful Good pages for students on: Classical Chinese Art, Calligraphy, Poetry, History, Literature, Painting and Philosophy webmastered by Ming L. Pei.
    • Chinadialogue: bilingual source of news, analysis and discussion on all environmental issues, with a special focus on China. Chinadialogue is an independent, non-profit organisation based in London, Beijing and San Francisco, funded by a range of institutional supporters, including several major charitable foundations.
    • China Digital Times at U.C. Berkeley.
      CDT is a bilingual news website covering China’s social and political transition and its emerging role in the world. We aggregate the most up-to-the-minute news and analysis about China from around the Web, while providing independent reporting, translations from Chinese cyberspace, perspectives from across the geographical, political and social spectrum, and daily recommendations of readings from the Chinese blogosphere.
    • China Today data base on China.
    • Patricia Ebrey's site A Visual Sourcebook for Chinese Civilization is a great resource for images specially organized for teaching Chinese history, culture and society. It also has good time lines and maps.
    • New York Times site on contemporary China. In a discussion arranged by The Times on the Web, experts consider the state of modern China in this exclusive audio report.  Additional features include a collection of articles, maps, slide shows and reader discussions that bring you a detailed look at the religious, economic and military issues facing Communist China.
    • Peabody Essex Museum Teacher Resources: China, Japan, and Korea.
    • A Pure and Remote View: Chinese Landscape Art lectures by James Cahill. IEAS, UCB.
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Center for Japanese Studies
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Center for Korean Studies
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Center for Latin American Studies

MEXICO/LATIN AMERICA/CARRIBEAN * (See also: U.C. Berkeley and Recommended Web Resources for World History.)

From the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley:

  • Haiti - American Slavery Debate in the Context of Atlantic History, 1770-1865. Collection of primary sources on the influnce of international connections to the slavery debates in the United States. Module 3 (over 100 items) documents the strong and persistent influence that the Haitian Revolution had on American attitudes toward slavery and, in specific, on American theories regarding the causes of black insurrection.  It also illustrates how the abolition of slavery in Haiti established an important case study that proslavery and antislavery advocates frequently referenced during the many years the United States grappled with the question of emancipation and the great uncertainty surrounding its potential aftermath.

  • California's Legal Heritage - 2012 digital exhibition (Robbins Collection, School of Law, UCB)

  • ORIAS Mesoamerican literature links page - archived from History Through Literature 7th grade workshop.

SOUTH ASIA * (See also: U.C. Berkeley and Recommended Web Resources for World History.)

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Center for Southeast Asian Studies

SOUTHEAST ASIA * (See also: U.C. Berkeley and Recommended Web Resources for World History.)

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Institute of Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies

SLAVIC AND EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES * (See also: U.C. Berkeley and Recommended Web Resources for World History.)

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

MIDDLE/NEAR EAST - * (See also: U.C. Berkeley and Recommended Web Resources for World History.)


    • MEOC (Middle East Outreach Council)
    • The MEOC listserve assembled a useful list list of primary source collections on the Middle East, North Africa and Muslim Societies: Historical and Contemporary Readings
      • Bowen, Donna Lee, and Evelyn A. Early, eds. Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East: Second Edition. Second Edition. Indiana University Press, 2002.
      • Burke, Edmund III, and David Yaghoubian, eds. Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East: Second Edition. 2nd ed. University of California Press, 2005.
      • Constable, Olivia Remie, ed. Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources. Second Edition. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
      • Douglass, Susan L. Beyond a Thousand And One Nights: A Sampler of Literature from Muslim Civilization. Council on Islamic Education, 1999. (purchase through http://www.ircv.org -- Amazon price astronomical!)
      • Gettleman, Marvin E., and Stuart Schaar, eds. The Middle East and Islamic World Reader: An Historical Reader for the 21st Century. Third Edition. Grove Press, 2012.
      • Khater, Akram Fouad. Sources in the History of the Modern Middle East. 2nd ed. Cengage Learning, 2010.
      • Kurzman, Charles, ed. Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook. Oxford University Press, USA, 1998.
      • Kurzman, Charles, ed. Modernist Islam, 1840-1940: A Sourcebook. Oxford University Press, USA, 2002.
      • Lewis, Bernard. A Middle East Mosaic: Fragments of Life, Letters and History. New edition. Modern Library, 2001.
      • McNeill, William H., and Marilyn Robinson Waldman, eds. The Islamic World. University Of Chicago Press, 1984.
      • Ruggles, D. Fairchild, ed. Islamic Art and Visual Culture: An Anthology of Sources. 1st ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
    • Global Connections: the Middle East.  A rich educator's site hosted by PBS with maps, time lines, lessons, organizing themes and questions. Sections on U.S. Foreign Policy; Relgious Militancy; Roles of Women; Stereotypes; Natural Resources; Nation-States.
    • AMIDEAST American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa. 




    • MEARO (Middle Eastern American Resources On-line) is a joint project of the UCLA Middle Eastern American Program based at the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY).
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Institute of European Studies

WESTERN EUROPE * (See also: U.C. Berkeley and Recommended Web Resources for World History.)

    • The Institute of European Studies at U. C. Berkeley and the European Union Center of Excellence (eucenter.berkeley.edu) : post an extensive collection of resources and links on individual European countries and the European Union at their respective websites:  http://eucenter.berkeley.edu/resources.html, and http://ies.berkeley.edu/resources/index.html;

    • Modern Sports and the Formation of European Identity (Curriculum resource unit developed from 2008 Institute of European Studies conference.

    • German Unification Case Study is a very well done lesson activity for high school students out of a team at Stanford University with funding from Foothill College.
      "The purpose of this case study is to jointly resolve particular issues surrounding German unification. Each participant assumes a German character and takes part in a roundtable discussion. There are two discussion groups, each dealing with separate, yet interconnected issues. Each group has a mixture of East and West Germans. The first group focuses on social issues such as abortion rights, child care and housing rights. The second group deals with issues surrounding the military, border guards and environmental protection.By assuming the identity of a German character and participating in a discussion group, you will experience the challenges which Germans faced in the process of uniting two countries under vastly different political systems. This Web site and its links will help you to explore your character's background and the individual as well as national issues s/he faces. During the discussion, your group's task is to forge a working relationship and to come to mutually agreed upon solutions to ethical, social and economic issues."
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Contact: Michele Delattre at the Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) at oriasat signberkeley.edu or by calling 510/643-0868.