World Cultures

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Country Profiles: Library of Congress  “This series of profiles of foreign nations is part of the Country Studies Program, formerly the Army Area Handbook Program. The profiles offer brief, summarized information on a country’s historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security.”

Exploring Ancient World Cultures: An Introduction to Ancient World Cultures on the World-Wide Web  “Exploring Ancient World Cultures (EAWC) is an on-line course supplement for students and teachers of the ancient and medieval worlds. It features its own essays and primary texts. Over time it will include chapter-length histories for each of the eight “cultures” represented: The Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Early Islam and Medieval Europe. Chapters on Rome, Greece and Medieval Europe will be appearing soon.”

Mapping History, University of Oregon  “The Mapping History Project has been designed to provide interactive and animated representations of fundamental historical problems and/or illustrations of historical events, developoments, and dynamics. The material is copyrighted, but is open and available to academic users.”

Maps of the Ancient World (Public Domain)  “The power structure of the ancient world looked very different from today. Areas of empire might be in the hands of one nation for a generation and in the hands of another the next. These maps provide snapshots in time and a general idea of what was meant by areas like Ancient Greece and the Persian Empire.” (From About.com, A Part of the New York Times Company)

Norton Topics Online  “Prepared by the Norton Anthology editors, this extensive, freely accessible Web resource for The Norton Anthology of English Literature offers twenty-seven topics for study and discussion.” Subject coverage begins with the Middle Ages and ends with the Twentieth Century and beyond.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy  The Encylopedia of Philosophy is provided by The Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford University.

The ORB: Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies  “The ORB is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students.”

Women in World History, George Mason University  “Women in World History reflects three approaches central to current scholarship in world history and the history of women: an emphasis on comparative issues rather than civilizations in isolation; a focus on contacts among different societies; and an attentiveness to “global” forces, such as technology diffusion, migration, or trade routes, that transcend individual societies.”

World Factbook (CIA)  “The [Central Intelligence Agency] World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities… [The] Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.”

 

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