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HISTORY COURSES AND DEPARTMENTS

 

In this page the reader can find some examples of teaching materials for historical disciplines published on the Web usually by history departments all over the world. The different kinds of resources are here represented: history courses, multimedia projects cooperatively fulfilled by history students and teachers, guides to Internet resources for the student of history and, last, a comprehensive list of links to history departments in the world.

      

C-SPAN.org - This is a private network offering multimedia materials and teaching resources on public affairs.
Cliotexte - Catalogue de textes utiles à l'enseignement de l'histoire (Hypo, serveur Web de l'enseignement secondaire post-obligatoire, République et Canton de Genève, Départment de l'instruction publique. An useful site, presenting excerpts from important primary sources of modern and contemporary European history. This is an anthologized collection quite rich as to the choice of texts, even if selected passages are usually not more than one page long.
De la Renaissance à la Révolution. Les grandes figures intellectuelles du monde moderne - Université de Québec à Montréal, Département de Philosophie. This is a online course of intellectual and socio-cultural history offering a good selection of texts, very useful for teaching purpose.
The Digital Classroom - Primary Sources, Activities and Training for Educators and Students (National Archives and Records Administration). «Welcome to the Digital Classroom! The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) encourages teachers of students at all levels to use archival documents in the classroom. The Digital Classroom provides materials from NARA, methods for teaching with primary sources, and sample lesson plans. Visit our page regularly as we expand our offerings». The page «Primary Sources and Archives» contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States, teaching activities correlated to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government, and cross-curricular connections
Electronic Renaissance  (Boise State University) - A course by Ellis L. Knox covering  general chronology, society and social relations, political institutions, religion and culture in the Renaissance through the texts of Boccaccio, Chaucer, Montaigne, Machiavelli and Burckhardt.
History of Western Civilization - A course by Ellis L. Knox. First unit online about Greek period. Local access to HWC Library, a collection of Roman and Greek texts and links to Middle-Ages and Early-Modern Europe sites.
Medieval History - A course by Ellis L. Knox about Middle-Ages.
From Revolution to Reconstruction - An hypertext on American History, from the colonial period until Modern Times: a resource produced by the joint efforts of teachers and students of American history classes. Coordinator of the project George M.Welling, University of Groeningen.
Gateway to World History - A collection of links to courses and teaching materials about world history published by Hartford Web Publishing. Contact Haines Brown.
Hanover College History Dept. - An important collection of documents and texts locally produced or located on the Web for studying history of any epoch and region of the world.
Texts and Documents at Hanover College's History Web Site  - «Aim is make primary texts available to students and faculty for use in classes. Whenever possible, long texts have been broken down into smaller, more manageable units and presented in HTML format. Many of the texts are stored at sources outside of Hanover and are made available through links. [...] This is a major resource» (description of this site is taken from a page of Teaching World History).
History Departments in the World
History Departments around the World - an extremely useful presentation of web pages by history departments around the world realized in database format by Andrew McMichael at George Mason University. See also McMichael's own anaysis and reflections in «The Historian, the Internet and the Web: A Reassessment», in Perspectives, Feb. 1998 (http://chnm.gmu.edu/aha/persp/)
The History Guide - By Steven Kreis. «The History Guide has been created for the high school and undergraduate student who is either taking classes in history, or who intends to major in history in college. The purpose of The History Guide is to better prepare yourself for your history classes and to make your time in class more enjoyable and proficient. The History Guide contains the complete content of three undergraduate courses in European history which will certainly be of use to those of you studying such topics at the college level or in A.P. European history classes. Upon its completion, The History Guide will contain nearly sixty lectures in European history from ancient Sumer to the fall of Soviet-style communism in 1989. Parents engaged in home schooling their children will find much that is of interest and I urge you to contact me if there are any details I can help provide to you. The History Guide also contains an intellectual autobiography. If you are thinking of pursuing graduate work in history, then you should definitely read it carefully before you jump in over your head. This site has been developed in the Socratic spirit of wisdom and knowledge. If I can't share the knowledge I have amassed over the years then that knowledge has certainly been ill-conceived. Feel free to send me your comments. Enjoy! This is for you!»
History of Science - A course on the WWW from State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Internet Modern History Sourcebook
Italica
National Standards for History - In this site are located the texts of the much-debated NSH aiming at defining at college and high school level the basic contents of history programs and the objectives of history courses in the United States. For a thourough discussion of this problem of cultural policy see the electronic edition of the important essay by A. Testi, Testi, «Il passato in pubblico: un dibattito sull’insegnamento della storia nazionale negli Stati Uniti», Cromohs, 3 (1998): 1-39.

«World Cultures is the culmination of over two years of web-based teaching and learning. The site combines the reading and course materials of two World Cultures courses taught using web-based materials since Fall of 1994. The site is now expanding into a larger resource for a larger population and distribution of students and will eventually consist of a rich anthology of readings, a complete set of textbook materials, a set of interrelated learning modules, and a finished glossary. In this second stage of development, World Cultures is metamorphosing from an individual project to a collaborative and collective one. Textual submissions of reading material, glossary material, textbook material, graphic design, learning modules, and classes are encouraged. Please refer to the submissions policy below. Purpose. World Cultures has been designed for freshman-level students; the readings require college entrance- level reading skills and college-level self-motivation. World Cultures is not meant to be a text, but an interactive reading environment that rewards independence, interest, self-direction, and intellectual interaction with the authors of the material. The entire design is oriented to teach independence, interactivity, recursive reading and learning skills, and constructed knowledge. Although designed for university freshman students, the texts, glossary, and learning modules are intended to be accessible and usable for high school level students and advanced undergraduates. In order to increase usability for advanced undergraduates, bibliographies of works consulted are being assembled for textbook entries, glossary entries, and learning modules. For reference purposes, individual authors and translators will be indicated at the bottom of each selection. For copyright information on texts or GRAPHICS, please consult the copyright notices»

World Civilizations: From the Beginning to the Southern European Renaissance - Online course by Paul Brians , covering social-sciences, humanities and arts.
World History Since 1500 - Online course by Paul Brians providing a rich collection of documents and texts of the same period.

Polo Informatico Medievistico - A site containing primary and secondary materials for the teaching of Medieval history, at the Department of History, University of Florence.
Teaching World History - A collection of courses and teaching materials published by Hartford Web Publishing . Contact Haines Brown.
Texts and Documents at Hanover College's History Web Site - See Hanover College.
University of London School of History - Syllabus and Courses, 1996-97
Washington State University: - Online courses of history of civilization by Richard Hooker at the Washington State University; general resources for the study of world civilization.
World History Archives. A large world-wide document collection with focus on contemporary history.

 

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