Forging the Modern World 2e


Video and Web Links



Web Links

“Why Study History?” by William H. McNeill

Reading, Writing and Researching for History by Patrick Rael, Professor of History at Bowdoin College (2004)

The Historian’s Macroscope: Big Digital History by S. Graham, I. Milligan, & S. Weingart (2013)


Chapter 1


The Ottomans, Part 3 of the PBS series: “Islam Empire of Faith”, 2000


Web Links

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology exhibit Secrets of the Silk Road in 2010-2011


Chapter 2


“American Holocaust: The Destruction of America’s Native Peoples.” The 31st Annual Vanderbilt University Holocaust Lecture Series


Web Links

J.R. McNeill offers a critique of Diamon’s work at “The World According to Jared Diamond” Jstor

Papers from a panel on the role of Spanish imperial debates about conducting conquest and business in the New World at Oregon State University


Chapter 3


The Story of China, Episode 4: The Ming

The Story of China, Episode 5: The Qing

PBS – Martin Luther (Parts 1 & 2)


Web Links

“The Diary of Samuel Pepys”

“Recording the Grandeur of the Qing: The Southern Inspection Tour Scrolls of the Kangxi and Qianlong Emperors”


Chapter 4

Web Links

Rijksmuseum 2016 exhibit “Asia in Amsterdam: Luxury in the Golden Age”

Review of Rijksmuseum 2016 exhibit “Asia in Amsterdam: Luxury in the Golden Age”

PBS – “The Devil’s Miners”

“Story of Cities #6: How Silver Turned Potosi into the ‘first city of capitalism.’” The Guardian, March 21, 2016

“Early Global Commodities” Annenberg Foundation Bridging World History Unit 15


Chapter 5

Web Links

“Review of Carretta, Vincent, Equiano the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man” H-Atlantic, H-Net Reviews, November 2007

“Olaudah Equiano: African or American?” in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era

Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyages Database

“Understanding and Using the Online Database and Website”


Chapter 6


Sujewa Ekanayake dir. “Ègalité for All: Toussant L’Overture and The Haitian Revolution” PBS International

“Ègalité for All: Toussant L’Overture and The Haitian Revolution”

Civilisation – “The Smile of Reason” Episode 10 – BBC series 1969


Web Links

“Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789” Library of Congress Collection

Stanford University’s French Revolution Digital Archive

“The Ottoman Tanzimat in Practice.” Ottoman History Podcast, Episode No. 215, December 5, 2015


Chapter 7


“150 years of humanitarian action: The Battle of Solferino” The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

David Harvey lecture at The London School of Economics on a modern analysis of Marx’s theory as capitalism has evolved (to view this lecture with slides,


Web Links

English child labor practices

Women’s labor issues

“Rise and Fall of the Canton Trade System”

“Global Industrialization” Annenberg Foundation, Bridging World History Unit 19


Chapter 8

Web Links

United States Centennial Exhibition Digital collection of the Philadelphia Free Library

“Wood Block Prints of Domestic ‘Westernization’ (1868-1912)”

“Coolie Trade in the 19th Century”

BBC “Bitesize” Homepage

Material on Germany in the 19th century

Paris: Capital of the 19th Century. Brown University Center for Digital Scholarship


Chapter 9

Web Links

“Woodblock Prints of the Sino-Japanese War”

Barry Yoeman, “Why the Passenger Pigeon Went Extinct.” Audubon Magazine

“Brutal Exposure: The Congo”


Chapter 10

Web Links

“American Leaders Speak: Recording from World War I”

“The shameful legacy of the ‘great war’” The Guardian

“This Riveting Art From the Front Lines of World War I Has Gone Largely Unseen for Decades” Smithsonian Magazine

“Uncovering the Truth Behind the Myth of Pancho Villa, Movie Star” Smithsonian Magazine


Chapter 11


Triumph of the Will


Web Links

Canadian Institute of Ukranian Studies at the University of Alberta

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1936 speech accepting the nomination of the party at the Democratic National Convention

“Vintage Soviet Propaganda Posters from the Era of Stalin and World War II”


Chapter 12


Africa: States of Independence – the scramble for Africa. Al Jazeera, 2010

Promises and Betrayals: Britain and the Holy Land (Israel and Palestinians) Timeline – World History Documentaries, 2017

The Vietnam War, Ken Burns and Lynn Novik


Web Links

“1947 Partition Archive” Stanford University

Woodrow Wilson Center, International History Declassified Digital Archive

Woodrow Wilson Center, International History Declassified Digital Archive

Woodrow Wilson Center, International History Declassified Digital Archive

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank

History and a brief explanation of differences


Chapter 13


“Glasnost and Perestroika” C-Span


Web Links

“Who Caused the End of the Cold War?” The Huffington Post

“Number of world citizens living under different political regimes”

“Globally, Broad Support for Representative and Direct Democracy But many also endorse nondemocratic alternatives” by Richard Wike, Katie Simmons, Bruce Stokes and Janell Fetterolf

“On the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries”

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