World History Sources for High School

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Resource:World History Sources for High School
Provider:World History Sources
Summary:ClickScholar Chris E directed me to this website, sponsored by The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, to "help world history teachers and students locate, analyze, and learn from online primary sources and to further their understanding of the complex nature of world history, especially the issues of cultural contact and globalization."
Description:To that end, they assembled an archive of reviews and links to websites containing primary sources for teaching world history at the high school level that reflect three approaches as quoted from the website
1) An emphasis on comparative issues rather than civilizations in isolation;

2) A focus on contacts among different societies and the economic, social, and cultural consequences of those contacts;

3) An attentiveness to "global" forces that transcend individual societies or even societies in mutual contact-forces such as technology diffusion, migration, disease transmission, extension and realignments of trade routes, or missionary outreach.

When you get to the website you'll see a menu that includes:

*Finding World History - Read scholarly reviews of and get links to primary source documents for Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, the Pacific Basin and more. Plus you'll find links to primary sources for specific eras in world history such as:: -Classical Traditions, Religions & Empires, 1000 BCE-300 CE

-Emergence of the First Global Age, 1450-1770

-An Age of Revolutions, 1750-1914

*Unpacking Evidence - Leading world history scholars provide guidance to using primary sources including music, images, maps, newspapers, and personal accounts.

*Analyzing Documents - Examine multi-media case studies that show how to interpret primary sources and put them into
historical context.

*Teaching Sources - Review examples of how high school students and teachers use primary sources for learning history.

The idea is to advance our understanding of how historical learning takes place, and to utilize resources that provide meaningful context to world-wide historical people, places, and events.

Bookmark this site to return whenever you need good reference material to supplement your understanding of world history.
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