History Links

Of course, your best and quickest link for primary sources is Google.  Remember, Google is your friend.  But there are times when we--gasp--can't remember the name of what we're looking for, but will know it when we see it; or perhaps we just feel like perusing.  Here are some history-related links that you might find helpful, with small annotations below the links themselves:


        This site has a great quantity of primary sources. Look for the link to the particular continent/era that you are interested in.  It has the sources listed in chronological order.


This page has a fairly extensive list of primary sources, going back to Greek and Latin literature, all the way through English history, up to modern American history.  

Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History

        This link is to an encyclopedia of economic history. Now these articles are much more than simply the economic angles to particular events; they are good, solid historical analyses on their own.

Catholic Encyclopedia

        Ok now--this one I do recommend, but cautiously. It is the online edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia that was published from 1907 to 1914. Keep in mind that a lot has been learned in the past century--so the research that went into this would be rather dated.  Just like the encyclopedia of economic history being not merely an economic encyclopedia, this is more than a religious encyclopedia. For historical events that within European history from the time of Jesus (around 30 AD) onward, and of the Americas from the time of European colonization onward (around  1500 AD), it does provide a good summary of various events.

Another cautious recommendation--Wikipedia. I recommend it because it is a free resource that provides a good summary of almost any topic under the sun; because its articles often contain very useful and relevant links for further research, and because it often contains free (in any sense of the word) graphics that provide great illustrations of the topic at hand. Do keep in mind that despite the similar-sounding words, Wikipedia isn't an encyclopedia. This recommendation does not mean that Wikipedia is an academic resource--it isn't; nor does it mean that Wikipedia is objective or gives each side an equal opportunity--it doesn't; nor does it mean that some of its articles aren't taken from the 1911 version of the Encyclopedia Britannica--they are. But use it as a quick resource to get information, links, and media on your subject, if its available.  

Uncommon Knowledge This is a great site, more of use for contemporary issues.  This page lists transcripts (and videos, when available) of broadcasts televised on PBS.  These format of these discussions have to deal with pressing issues (such as the War on Terrorism, etc.).  What drew me to this site originally, was that the transcripts are in almost all cases, transcripts of  rather civil discussions between two people who hold opposite beliefs about a particular issue. So you get to see what the other side would have to say on a given topic.

CFR Debates  Yes, yes, the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations).  This page is a bit like Uncommon Knowledge, although the discussions are not nearly as deep or detailed as the Uncommon Knowledge ones are.



Art History Resources on the Web

        Both of these art links have incredible resources for historical art around the world.

Ancient Greek, Roman, and Middle East:


        This site has quite a bit of material on ancient people and events, not just Greece, but pretty much the entire Mediterranean and Middle East to Iran.

        This site has an incredible number of classical Greek and Latin texts, both in the original language and in English.

United States History:

        In addition to providing very solid and brief reviews of various periods and issues in American history, it also  contains links to primary source documents         from the period, as well as biographies of key figures, and presidential speeches and proclamations. 


        This site has a lot of primary source documents dealing with American history.


    This site has pretty decent content, at least on American history.  The approach is a nice point-counterpoint strategy, letting you see the pros and cons of         each issue, along with links to primary sources that are easily accessible.