Post-Cold War Era Web Sites
CNN.com Student News
The CNN Student News feature special reports on many key World and American events, issues, and personalities.
Global Connections: Putting World Events in Context provides the background information needed to understand events occurring in the Middle East. The site includes original materials created in conjunction with the Centers for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard and UCLA. The site also aggregates and contextualizes the rich resources available throughout public broadcasting, including material from Frontline, Online NewsHour, NOW with Bill Moyers, Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation, and many others. Designed with educators in mind, the site is also useful for those curious to better understand the Middle East and its relationship with the West.
History in the News: Middle East
This site from the University at Albany (SUNY) provides links to resources on the Middle East.
The Gulf War
This Frontline site offers a comprehensive and engaging history of the Gulf War from the perspective of those who participated. Major categories include Oral Histories, War Stories, and Weapons and Technology and there are maps, a chronology, images, essays, a discussion of Gulf Syndrome, and more.
War Against Terror
Part of the CNN.com Archives, this site is an excellent introduction to the issue of terrorism as it relates to 9/11.
Teacher OZ: Terrorism
This section of Teacher Oz’s Kingdom of History provides a useful set of links dealing with terrorism and, more specifically, with the tragedy of September 11.
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.
History of European Integration
Leiden University provides a directory of resources on the history of European Integration under the headings: Archives, Historical Documents, Bibliographies, Brussels, Journals, Cold War, Timelines, EU-Institutions, Non-EU Institutions, Discussion Groups, Oral Histories, Statistical Sources, Eurospeak, and Federalism.
AIDS at 20
Provides 350+ New York Times articles on the AIDS epidemic as well as video, fact-sheets, reports and nine articles specifically related to AIDS in Africa.
The Clinton Years
PBS examines President Clinton’s years in office in this engaging study.
A Washington Post report that covers the impeachment of President Clinton and offers photos, documents, and articles.
The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History provides a thematic exploration of Africa. The themes revolve around issues of wealth and the working and living conditions in Africa. The history-oriented sections focus on the slave trade, colonialism, and other subjects. The Learning Center offers a helpful list of African resources.
This PBS website focuses on African daily life and culture. There is a helpful Teacher Toolssection and an Africa Challenge. The Africa for Kids section is designed for younger students.
Justice Learning: Civic Education in the Real World
Justice Learning uses audio from the Justice Talking radio show and articles from The New York Times to teach students about reasoned debate and the often-conflicting values inherent in American democracy. The web site includes articles, editorials, and oral debates from the nation’s finest journalists and advocates. All of the material is supported by age-appropriate summaries and additional links. In addition, for each covered issue, the site includes curricular material from The New York Times Learning Network for high school teachers and detailed information about how each of the institutions of democracy (the courts, the Congress, the presidency, the press and the schools) affect the issue.
China: 50 Years of Communism
This BBC Special Report looks back at the birth of the People’s Republic and takes stock of what the future might hold for its people. Includes articles, a glossary, and more.
The History News Network
The HistoryNewsNetwork was created in June 2001 and features articles by historians on both the left and the right who provide historical perspective on current events. HNN exists to provide historians and other experts a national forum in which to educate Americans about important and timely issues, and it is the only web site on the Internet wholly devoted to that task. HNN is a nonprofit publication run by George Mason University, is updated daily, and averages roughly 1.5 million hits a month.
CIA World Factbook
The Factbook is a great starting point for amassing general information about individual countries.
Voices on Genocide Prevention: An Interview Program with Jerry Fowler
Voices on Genocide Prevention by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a blog featuring a series of podcasts moderated by Jerry Fowler of the Committee on Conscience at the Museum. The podcasts feature interviews with researchers and scholars on Darfur, Chad, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as interviews with Michael Gerson, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Lee Feinstein of the Council on Foreign Relations, and others. Visitors can subscribe to both the blog and the podcasts and consult a list of related web links.
The Next Millennium: Now What
CNN.com asks 14 experts to outline their vision of the next 1000 years.
The New York Times Learning Network
This informative site offers detailed lesson plans and quizzes built around NYT articles. Check out the Lesson Plan Archive and search by keyword, subject, or grade level. Social studies lesson plans are objective and standard-based and are well supported by charts, graphs, and images.
History Net: Timeline
A timeline of the 20th century produced by About.com.
CNN Education with Student News
CNN Education provides teachers with instructional materials for integrating current events across the curriculum. A student section keeps students in grades 6-12 aware of the latest news of interest to them. Lesson plans, background material, profiles, links to useful Internet sites, and forums for interaction with other teachers are also included.
C-SPAN in the Classroom
C-SPAN Classroom provides free resources for teaching Civics and US Government.
US News & World Report
The lessons are classified according to topic: American Government, Economics, Journalism, Political Science, Sociology, U.S. History, World History
WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources
Site is a good starting point for resources on international affairs
A web search engine with links to thousands of newspapers, magazines, and other media resources.
TV News Archive: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
This site contains a search-able database of news shows from 1968 to 2001. You must be a registered user in order to search or use the videos.
This site provides the text from all issues since 1923.
NPR Online – National Public Radio
An extensive and search-able database of NPR’s excellent programs
U.S. State Department
The official web site for the State Department features a Youth & Education section with lots of good resources.
United Nations Development Programme
Information about social crises impacting developing nations around the world.
Jane’s: Defense, geopolitical, transport and police information
News from IHS Jane’s defense, security, and intelligence analysis.
Center For International Security and Cooperation (Stanford)
Research, publications, and news about Nuclear and Related Security Issues, Global Governance, International Relations, Terrorism, Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, and Conflict Resolution.
Center for Defense Information: Military Research Organization
Research papers, videos, and publications about the military.
The National Security Archive at The George Washington University
An archive of declassified publications made available through the Freedom of Information Act provided by the library at George Washington University.