Modern History Web Sites
Internet Modern History Sourcebook ★★★★★
The Internet History Sourcebooks are wonderful collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use by Paul Halsall. The site and its documents are well organized and the breadth of materials is impressive. The Sourcebooks include: Ancient History Sourcebook | Medieval Sourcebook | Modern History Sourcebook | Byzantine Studies Page /African | East Asian | Global | Indian | Islamic | Jewish | Lesbian and Gay | Science | Women’s | Medieval Studies Course | Modern History Course | Chinese Studies Course | Medieval Webguide
She Resisted ★★★★★
PBS has created a brand-new multimedia presentation on the fight for women’s suffrage. The site is interactive and very thoroughly covers the movement. Also included is an interactive “suffrage map,” showing the status of suffrage in each state by the year.
Famous Trials ★★★★★
Offers extensive coverage of many famous trials in U.S. History.
This sobering interactive allows students to visualize the effects of nuclear war on their hometown. Select a city and a bomb type, then press “Detonate” to see how much damage a hypothetical nuclear blast would cause.
People’s Century ★★★★☆
The site is based on a 26-episode PBS television series and features a teacher’s guide, a timeline, a thematic overview, and RealAudio excerpts.
CNN 10 ★★★★☆
CNN 10 features special reports on many key World and American events, issues and personalities of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Previously known as CNN Student News.
20th Century History (ThoughtCo) ★★★★☆
Has an extensive list of related sites and offers special weekly highlights. Links come with brief descriptions, but few are critically evaluated
Academy of Achievement (20th Century) ★★★★☆
Features stories of “legendary achievers” of the 20th century in arts, public service, sports, science, and other fields. Includes audio and video clips. Check out the “Gallery of Achievement”
Historical Atlas of the 20th Century ★★★★☆
An interesting and informative collection of information on the twentieth century. Atlas topics include General Trends in Living Conditions, Government, War, and Religion. Maps are often interactive, allowing you to zoom in on details. There are even essays, FAQ’s, and links
Modern World History ★★★★☆
A detailed review site for students of GCSE Modern World History that features mnemonic guides for memorizing major themes of different historical eras. Includes material on the Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations, Road to WWII, Cold War, Russia 1917-41 and Britain and World War II. Helpful revision sheets and essays on some 30 topics make this a useful study site. Presentation is extremely dated, but the content is good.
History 20 ★★★★☆
The Saskatchewan Social Studies Curriculum has developed a “resource hot sheet” dealing with topics identified in the History 20 (Modern World History) curriculum. Their colorful classroom guide for World War I includes several lesson plans and activities.
20th Century Heroes and Villains ★★★★☆
This interactive UK National Archives Learning Curve provides documents and asks students to judge whether the figure in question is ‘a hero or a villain?’ The figures are: Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Josef Stalin, Harry S. Truman, and Benito Mussolini.
South African History Online ★★★★☆
This is a comprehensive library of South African related history content that continues to grow. South African History Online (SAHO) is a non-partisan organization that is working to establish a complete encyclopedia of South Africa’s history.
The History of the European Union ★★★★☆
This website presents the chronology of important accomplishments of the EU and its institutions. Topics include Robert Schuman’s declaration of 1950 to the first enlargement waves in the 70’s and the 80’s, the establishment of the Single Market in 1993 to the introduction of the euro notes and coins on January 1st, 2002, and the opening of enlargement negotiations with the countries of Eastern and Central Europe.
H-Net France ★★★★☆
Provides an array of scholarly and general resources
Jewish History Sourcebook (Fordham U.) ★★★★☆
An impressive research site for primary documents; produced by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.
Facing History ★★★★☆
Through the excellent Facing History institute, students learn how issues of identity, membership, inclusion, and exclusion play out at one particular moment in history. The sites provides excellent lesson plans on many of these subjects, and it is also a good recourse for integrating current events into the classroom.
Conversations With History ★★★★☆
In this UC Berkeley site distinguished men and women from all over the world talk about their lives and their work. They reminisce about their participation in great events, and they share their perspectives on the past and reflect on what the future may hold. Guests include diplomats, statesmen, and soldiers; economists and political analysts; scientists and historians; writers and foreign correspondents; and activists and artists
History and Politics Out Loud ★★★★☆
History Out Loud is a collection of audio clips relating to U.S. history and politics.
Agents of Social Change (Smith College) ★★★★☆
Smith College offers an on-line exhibit and several lessons directed at middle and high school students that highlight women’s part in struggles for social change in the 20th century. Topics include labor, socialism, civil liberties, peace, racial justice, urban reform, welfare rights, and women’s rights.
WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources ★★★☆☆
Global and Cross Cultural Issues link many sites with detailed information from countries for those interested in a global perspective.
Authentic History: Primary Resources from American Pop Culture ★★★☆☆
Contains an impressive array of pictures, audio, and video from the antebellum period to the 9/11 terrorist attack.
History of Germany ★★★☆☆
This text-based history of Germany is taken from the Area Handbook of the US Library of Congress.
The Marx/Engels Internet Archive (Colorado U.) ★★★☆☆
Provides research materials and a photo gallery
Rulers (Geocities) ★★★☆☆
Useful historical list of heads of state and heads of government — arranged alphabetically (by country) and chronologically
The 20th Century — a World History ★★★☆☆
An on-line book with colorful maps, recommended readings, and an index
Race for the Super Bomb (PBS) ★★★☆☆
There are some quirky but fascinating features at this site, including a bunker tour and a Nuclear Blast Map. Visitors to the site can simulate the drop of 50s-era atomic bombs on American cities and get death and damage reports. Visitors are also treated to interviews, a map of target sites in the U.S., a weapons stockpile list for 1945 to 1997, a timeline, primary sources, transcripts, a teacher’s guide and a people and events section. The site is no longer actively maintained by PBS, so the video links may not work. However, the Panic Quiz is definitely worth a look.
History Learning Site
This site covers many UK Key Stage 3 topics and contains a complete Modern World History course, together with numerous GCSE and Advanced Level History and Politics courses.
Free 20th Century History Quizzes
Learn fascinating facts about our twentieth century. Each quiz selects 20 questions at random from a total set of 600; therefore, you can play an unlimited number of times.
Brief Review in Global History and Geography: Document Based Essays and Practice Tests
PH@School’s Brief Review in Global History and Geography Web site provides multiple-choice questions from actual Regents exams. You can also practice your test-taking skills on document-based essay questions (DBQs), with the option of e-mailing answers directly to your teacher for review.
The World in Uncertain Times, 1950-Present Practice Test
High School level quiz on Cold War America from Prentice Hall.
The World in Uncertain Times, 1950-Present Document Based Essay
This Prentice Hall DBQ is designed to test your ability to work with historical documents and is based on the accompanying documents (1-6).
Peace Signs: Exploring the ‘Roller Coaster Ride’ of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process
In this New York Times lesson, students review their prior knowledge about the peace process in Israel and examine recent steps towards peace. They then research key figures, events and policies since Israel’s statehood in 1948 and determine how they impacted the peace process, illustrating their effects as if the process were a roller coaster. Finally, students reflect on how the proposed road map for peace might change the path of the roller coaster they created.(May 7, 2003)
Unmasking the Middle East: Examining the Political, Religious and Ethnic Relationships Among Middle Eastern Countries
In this New York Times lesson, students explore many of the countries in the Middle East, developing research-based posters and a “spider web” illustrating the relationships among the countries. They then write letters to fictional peers in Middle Eastern countries.(April 16, 2003)