Modern (20th Century) History

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Modern History Web Sites

PBS Online
A great source for information on a myriad of historical events and personalities. PBS's assorted and diverse web exhibits supplement specific individual television series and generally include a resume of each episode, interviews (often with sound bites), a timeline, a glossary, photos, and links to relevant sites. Categories include American History, World History, History on Television, and Biographies.

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

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.com Specials (current events)
The CNN Archives feature special reports on many key World and American events, issues and personalities of the late 20th and early 21st centuries

20th Century History (About.com)
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. 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.

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. The resource hot sheets can act as a primary or secondary reading or to assist in classroom discussions of a variety of topics. Each page has been supported with appropriate visual images, and where possible, first person accounts by individuals who were present during the event. In addition, there is a number of multimedia-learning objects including sound bites, mini-movies and flash items. Two major simulations have been developed for students that can be used in a stand-alone delivery mode. The Battle of the Somme and Decision in Normandy provide students with the opportunity to participate in two major historical events of the 20th century. Students take on the role of a World War One general or recreate the events around the Normandy Invasion.

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.

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.

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.

Russian History (Bucknell)
One of the better American sites on Russian history

China: Roots of Revolution
In this simulation activity The State Department asks you to produce a documentary about China which will be used to brief State Department employees who will be posted to China. Contains links to Historical, Economic, and Human Rights issues.

The 20th Century -- a World History
An on-line book with colorful maps, recommended readings, and an index

H-Net France
Provides an array of scholarly and general resources

History of Germany
This text-based history of Germany is taken from the Area Handbook of the US Library of Congress.

Jewish History Sourcebook (Fordham U.)
An impressive research site for primary documents; produced by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

The Marx/Engels Internet Archive (Colorado U.)
Provides research materials and a photo gallery

Newsfiles
Newsfiles are single-topic collections of content on issues, events and people that are most often searched for on TIME.com They contain cover stories and images, photo essays, columns and essays published by TIME and TIME.com, and links to web resources. Newsfiles offer plenty of informative articles on topics such as The Middle East, World War II, Watergate, Osama bin Laden, Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement, Abortion, AIDS, and Christianity. Some articles and features are restricted to Time subscribers or Time Archive pass holders.

Rulers (Geocities)
Useful historical list of heads of state and heads of government -- arranged alphabetically (by country) and chronologically

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.

Famous Trials
Offers extensive coverage of many famous American trials

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

Facing History
Through the excellent Facing History workshops and institute, students learn how issues of identity, membership, inclusion, and exclusion play out at one particular moment in history. As part of the journey students engage in a rigorous investigation of Germany's transition from a democracy to a totalitarian regime. They see how the Nazis rose to power, culminating in the horrors of the Holocaust. Throughout, students confront the moral questions inherent in this history.

History and Politics Out Loud
History Out Loud is a collection of audio clips relating to U.S. history and politics.

The National Archives of Scotland
It is the main archive for sources of the history of Scotland as a separate kingdom, her role in the British isles, and the links between Scotland and many other countries over the centuries.

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.

CBC Archives
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has created the CBC Archives website, a collection of disparate video clips on historical topics, such as Canadian participation in World War II, as well as numerous cultural topics, such as the controversial hockey commentator Don Cherry. Visitors can browse through topical subjects such as Politics & Conflict & War, Disasters & Tragedies, and Politics and Economy. There is also an index of Great Interviews featuring Canadians Tommy Douglas (father of Medicare), Margaret Atwood (renowned novelist), Roméo Dallaire (Lieutenant-General who served in Rwanda) as well as international figures such as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, actor Errol Flynn, activist Malcolm X, feminist Gloria Steinam and others. Furthermore, In the "On This Day" section you can find out what happened on a particular day in Canadian history and In the For Teachers section you will discover educational materials for Grades 6-8, Grades 9-10, and Grades 11-12.

Historical atlas of Europe: The development of Europe's modern states 1648-2001
This site provides an overview of the political changes in Europe during the last 350 years.

Twentieth Century History for Use in the Classroom

Academy of Achievement
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"

Race for the Super Bomb (PBS)
There are some quirky but fascinating features at this site, including a Panic Quiz 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, film footage of explosions, 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

Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides, Activities, Primary Sources and more

GCSE History Pages
Main features of this UK site include interactive tests and quizzes, revision tips, practice exam papers with mark-schemes for self assessment, revision notes, and structured lessons.

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.

National Curriculum in Action: ICT in History
The UK National Curriculum in Action website includes examples of pupils' work with ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in History, with teacher commentary on how ICT enhanced learning in the subject.

Historical Presents: Uncovering Time Capsules of the Twentieth Century
In this New York Times lesson, students research events, trends, and phenomena of specific years in the twentieth century, then design "time capsules" to commemorate those years.(May 19, 2003)

European Unity WebQuest
This WebQuest looks at the history of the European Unity movement and explores the contribution made to this debate

The World's History: Technologies of Mass Production and Destruction, 1914-1990s
The online guide to Howard Spodek's The World's History features quizzes (multiple-choice questions, true/false questions, interactive review questions), primary sources, maps, a bulletin board, a Live Chat, web links, and faculty resources for each chapter/topic.

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.

Primary Source Materials and Document Based Questions
An Internet Hotlist on Document Based Questions. Many useful links here.

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)

 

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