Patterns of World History, 3e
Video and Web Links
Caves of Lascaux
The Bradshaw Foundation has a large website on human evolution and rock art, with many images, and a link to Stephen Oppenheimer’s, The Journey of Mankind—The Peopling of the World, an important overview of Homo sapiens’ migrations:
Meluhha: The Indus Civilization and its Contacts with Mesopotamia (58:48)
Mark Kenoyer from University of Wisconsin looks at the Indus river valley civilization and its contribution to Mesopotamian society.
Greco-Persian Wars: The Battle of Salamis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nENUmbdsAPw
Nubia: Black Pharaohs of Africa
Historian David Adams journeys to Nubia in search of the black pharaohs of Africa. (A small section of this is missing at the end of the third and final segment.)
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“Ancient Mesopotamia,” Website of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. A user-friendly portal to the world-renowned Mesopotamia collection of the Oriental Institute:
“Ancient Egypt,” website of the British Museum. Pictorial introduction, with short texts:
“Livius, Articles on Ancient History.” A large collection of translated texts and references to philological articles, with portals on Mesopotamia, Egypt, Anatolia, and Greece:
Note: Click “Explore Topic” and then “Harappa” to access the video
Lost Treasures of the Ancient World
The Discovery Channel traces the history of India from the earliest known civilizations of the Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro found in the Indus river valley, to the Mughals, examining caste systems, religions, culture, agriculture and architecture.
Sanskrit Language: The Most Scientific, Ancient, Spiritual (23:28)
This short documentary looks into the history of one of the oldest written languages in the world, Sanskrit, and its impact on languages spoken today.
Run by Columbia University, this site contains links to “WWW.Virtual Library: Indian History”; “Regnal Chronologies”; “Internet Indian History Sourcebook”; and “Medical History of British India.”
Contains a wealth of images of artifacts and other archaeological treasures from the Indus Valley.
[New Frontier HQ] Chinese Civilization (03) Bronze Age
CCTV examines the history of Chinese civilization focusing on the Xia, Shang and Zhou dynasties. The series contains footage of the many archaeological sites, bronze artifacts and oracle bones which have been discovered across China and date to this period of ancient history.
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[New Frontier HQ] Chinese Civilization (04) Bronze Age (This is a continuation of the above two episodes.)
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This is the site of the Society for the Study of Early China. The site is for scholars, and the organization also publishes its own journal, Early China, as well as scholarly books.
This site provides access to the British Museum’s ancient Chinese collections and is highly useful for students seeking illustrations of assorted artifacts in a user-friendly environment.
UQ Archaeology Jay Hall Lecture 2011—“The last great human migration: DNA and the human settlement of the Pacific”
Biological anthropologist Professor Lisa Matisoo Smith looks at the last great human migration, that of the Polynesians and the settlement of the Pacific.
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The Mystery of Easter Island
The BBC seeks to uncover the mysteries of Easter Island. Who were the Polynesian peoples that populated the island? How did they live? And why did they construct immense stone statues to watch over the island?
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The Lost Pyramids of Caral
Nearly 5,000 years old, the lost pyramids of Caral in Peru are evidence of one of the oldest civilizations in the Americas. This BBC documentary explores the recent excavations of this world heritage site to unearth the secrets of this ancient world and the people who inhabited it.
Light at the edge of the world—The Wayfinders (46:32)
Anthropologist Wade Davis travels to the Polynesian islands in search of the secrets of the Wayfinders who were navigating the largest ocean in the world while Europeans were still clinging to their shore lines.
PBS series that examines the Polynesians and their migrations.
Weblink on Aztec civilization
Did Climate force the Mayans from Inland Cities?
Queen of Sheba
Africa south of the Sahara: A large, resource-filled website based at Stanford University.
Americas: World-historical site with interesting overviews of Pre-Columbian History.
Full documentary: “The Greeks – Crucible of Civilization”
“Dark Ages – The Plague of Justinian”.
National Geographic documentary on The Library of Alexandria.
Engineering an Empire—The Persians
Until they were defeated by Alexander the Great, the Persian Empire stretched form North Africa to Asia. This documentary focuses on the feats of engineering that flourished under Persian rule until that defeat.
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The Greeks—Crucible of Civilization
Video available on Netflix Instant
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The Real Attila the Hun (44:43)
Weblink with short video clips
Ancient Warriors: The Assyrians—Masters of War (25:23)
The Assyrians: Masters of War
The Roman Empire in the First Century
PBS provides a comprehensive history of the Roman Empire in the First Century and the key figures and events that shaped its fearsome legacy. (Account Required)
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Order from Chaos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOTjDpDay30
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Years of Trial
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Winds of Change
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Years of Eruption
Dr. Francis Pryor examines what Britain looked like before the arrival of the Roman Army.
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Perseus Digital Library, probably the largest website on Greece and Rome, with immense resources, located at Tufts University.
Open the door to the compelling world of Ancient Greece. The British Museum has compiled a collection of images and information on various aspects of Greek History such as the Acropolis, Athens, daily life, festivals and games, Sparta, war, and gods.
An article and video clips on Sparta as a warrior society in ancient Greece.
Samrat Ashoka the Great Indian King (6:40)
Brief but informative, this short documentary looks at the military strategies of Ashoka, India’s great ruler and his conversion to Buddhism.
Ages of Gold, India
Discovering China: The Han Dynasty, China's First Golden Age
Digital library photo archive from the American Institute of Indian Studies at the University of Chicaco.
Based on P.B.S.’s six part series on the history of India, this colorful website allows you to navigate your way along Ancient India’s timeline.
World Religions: Confucianism (14:12)
Stephen Prothero, author of Religious Literacy, talks briefly about the origins of Confucianism and its basic tenets.
Teachings of Buddha, part 1
Teachings of Buddha, part 2
National Geographic on “The Terra-Cotta Warriors” of China
Defining “Daoism”: A Complex History, looks at Daoism as a term, its use and its practice in terms of morality, society, nature and the self.
Interactive map of the Silk Road cities provided by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization).
The Byzantines (49:27)
Dubbed the second Rome, Byzantium copied and preserved much of Roman law and culture. Hosted by Eugen Weber, (U.C.L.A.) this documentary examines the history of the empire until the fall of Constantinople in A.D. 1453.
Islam: Empire of Faith documentary by PBS. Part 1: “Prophet Muhammad and Rise of Islam”
Islam: Empire of Faith documentary by PBS. Part 2: “The Awakening”
Asia Topics in World History. With a timeline spanning 1000–1500 C.E., The Mongols in World History delivers a concise and colorful history of the Mongol’s impact on global history.
Monarchy USA Version:
Episode Two: Medieval Monarchs (55:44)
Historian David Starkey reflects on the Medieval rulers of England focusing on Henry II, Richard the Lionheart, Edward I, and Henry V.
Barbarians – The Franks documentary.
Part 2 of The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross.
The Third Crusade: Saladin and Richard the Lionheart (1:28:54)
In the 12th century, the Third Crusade brought together two great leaders, Saladin and Richard the Lionheart who would battle over the holy city of Jerusalem. This extensive documentary looks at each of these men and their common cause, holy war.
BBC, the Black Death
Hastings 1066—Tapestry of a Battle (52:44)
BBC 8 min documentary on Battle of Hastings
BBC 5 min documentary on Bayeaux Tapestry
Battle of Hastings Game
Boston College’s Digital Archive of Architecture has a quick index reference guide, which opens up links to images from both early and high Gothic architecture.
An excellent website that makes available a digitized version of the Magna Carta. Audio files answer many FAQ’s about the manuscript and its significance.
Genghis Khan (49:53)
Interactive museum site, video gallery on Genghis Khan
The Forbidden City (1:30:43)
Ancient Mysteries: the Forbidden City (Available on Netflix). An A&E documentary on the Forbidden City.
Islam comes to Hindustan
Greatest Explorer you never knew? Zhang He
National Geographic traces the journey of Marco Polo from Venice to China to the court of Kublai Khan and back home to his arrest in Genoa.
BBC looks at Shinto
Neo-Confucianism in East Asia
Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum. A comprehensive source for all manner of interests related to Asian studies.
Lost Kingdoms of Africa—Ethiopia
Dr. Gus Hayford from BBC4 explores the ancient kingdom of Ethiopia and the emperors who claim to trace their lineage back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
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Ife Head: BBC A History of the World in 100 Objects
BBC Radio 4 discusses the mystery and symbolism an Ife head which was discovered by the British in 1938 in the grounds of a castle in Nigeria, Africa.
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Wonders of the African World: (1:46:17)
Available on Netflix - Lost Kingdoms of Africa
“Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History,” “Ife (from ca. 350 B.C.).” An excellent introductory we site can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It contains many links and presents clear overviews.
“Recording West Africa’s Visible Archaeology,” “Sungbo’s Eredo” by Bournemouth University’s School of Conservation Sciences.
Engineering an Empire: The Aztecs.
Engineering an Empire: The Maya.
Photo gallery of Mesoamerican Pyramids from History.com.
Ancient Warriors—The Aztecs (25:20)
Secrets of the Dead: Aztec Massacre
In Search of History—The Aztecs (42:56)
This documentary charts the rise and fall of the Aztec Empire.
Conquistadors: The Fall of the Aztecs (49:01)
5 minute talk on if the Aztecs considered the Spanish to be gods
Conquest of the Incas
Aztec-History.com. Introductory website, easily maneuverable, with links.
Fall of Constantinople
Islam Empire of Faith—The Ottomans (52:58)
PBS traces the rise of the Ottoman Empire, their conquests and the spread of Islam.
Islamic Arts and Architecture
Frontline, “Apocalypse! The Evolution of Apocalyptic Belief and How It Shaped the Western World,” PBS, 1995. The contribution by Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago, under the heading of “Apocalypticism,” is of particular relevance for the understanding of Christopher Columbus viewing himself as a precursor of Christ’s Second Coming.
Comprehensive and informative, PBS website on the Ottoman Empire examines the various facets of this Islamic culture such as scientific innovations, faith and its leaders.
The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
Driven by ambition, the Medici family rose from humble beginnings to become guardians of Florence and popes in Rome. They were the “patrons of genius and provided patronage and protection for Italy’s Renaissance giants.” However, this legacy was bought with the price of blood. PBS traces the rise of the Medici family from the birth of Cosimo de’ Medici to its downfall. (Account Required)
Part 1/4 (55:23): Birth of a Dynasty
Part 2/4 (55:22): The Magnificent Medici
Part 3/4 (55:23): The Medici Pope
Part 4/4 (55:23): Power vs. Truth
Reluctant Revolutionary (55:20)
PBS looks at the life and conviction of the German monk Martin Luther who, with his ninety-five theses, changed the face of religious Europe forever. (Account Required)
Spanning every facet of the scientist’s life, The Galileo Project is both informative and concise in its assessment of Galileo’s life work and contribution to modernity and science.
NASA’s website looks at the life and views of Johannes Kepler. It examines his discoveries, contemporaries and the events that shaped modern science.
Early American Colonies (6:17)
Short overview of the major colonies set-up in North America and the European powers that established them.
Part 1 of 500 Nations – The Story of Native Americans.
Part 2 of 500 Nations – The Story of Native Americans.
Colonial America 1497–1763 (6:20)
Brief overview of the explorers who discovered the Americas and the subsequent colonies which were established there between 1497–1763.
Wonderful interactive website that allows you to track the journey’s made by the Conquistadors such as Cortés, Pizzaro, Orellana, and Cabeza De Vaca. Learn more about their conquests in the Americas and the legacy they left behind them.
Episode 1 “The Color of Money” in the documentary series Racism, A History.
Philip Morgan: The African Slave Trade, 1500–1800 (81:00)
Philip Morgan explores the aspects of slavery in America and Africa, core experiences and differences.
Atlantic Slave Trade Database. A large electronic website based at Emory University and sponsored by a number of American universities, presenting up-to-date demographic tables.
An amazing and well-planned website that offers students a comprehensive overview of the Atlantic Slave trade from life in Africa before slavery, to the horrific conditions on slave ships, right through to abolition. Students can also listen to extracts depicting the experiences of the enslaved, such as Oludah Equiano.
In addition to offering a brief historical backdrop to the art of the Benin Kingdom, The British Museum’s PDF also depicts various artifacts taken by the British from the Royal Palace.
The U.S. National Archives Image library. Search for terms such as “slave” or “slave trade” to browse primary documents including maps, photos, lists, letters, and more.
Ancient Warriors—Maurya Warriors of the Elephant (25:09)
Ancient Warriors—Maurya Warriors of the Elephant
Akbar the Great: A Short Documentary
The Mughal Empire ruled most of India and Pakistan in the 16th and 17th centuries. Learn more about the religious divides and governance of Muslim Mughals in a country with a majority of Hindi populace.
PBS’s Treasures of the World series looks at the Mughal dynasty and the art and architecture that flourished under the reign of Babur, Akbar and Shah Jahan. Links allow students to tour the Taj Mahal and Mughal gardens.
Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire: The Way of the Samurai (55:18)
The first episode in PBS’ series about Japanese history looks at the Momoyama period of civil war through Nobunaga to Hideyoshi and tells of the rise of Tokugawa Ieasu and ends with the siege of Osaka castle in 1615. (Account Required)
Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire: The Will of the Shogun (55:17)
The second episode in PBS’ series about Japanese history covers the Tokugawa Shogunate from 1603 to the Shimabara rebellion in 1638, which led to the closure of Japan under Ieasu’s grandson. (Account Required)
Anthony Ucerle Lecture on Matteo Ricci (1:15:47)
Historian Anthony Ucerle from Oxford University looks at the life and influence of the Jesuit missionary, Matteo Ricci who sought to convert the Chinese people to Christianity.
Track the voyages made by Zheng He to Southeast Asia, India, Arabia and Africa.
Article with images, “East and West: Chinese Export Porcelain” by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A series of short videos on various events of the American Revolution
The Lost Kingdom of Hawaii (WNYC Audio Program)
On this BBC site you can find out more about the poets that forged the Romanticism movement, a new movement in the art, literature and thinking of Britain. You can also listen to readings of major works by Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, and Clare.
Virtual Museum of Canada, 1759
Nationalism Project. A large Website with links to bibliographies, essays, new books, and book reviews.
The French Revolution, video and text
Brown University provides a History of Haiti and an informative timeline of the Haitian Revolution.
Oscar de la Hoya hosts a documentary which looks at the causes, course and consequences of the Mexican-American War.
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Bolivar and San Martin
Latin American Revolutions Crash Course
Egalité for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution (4:52)
Short biographical account of Toussaint L’Ouverture, leader of the Haitian Revolution.
A Brief History of Haiti (6:23)
CBS provide a short but comprehensive history of Haiti from its days as a profitable colony to its independence.
Casahistori.net. Website on nineteenth-century Latin America, for students.
The British Library looks back at the Spanish-American Independence from the movements origins and key figures to Bolívar’s triumphant march. The site has also reproduced extracts from contemporary texts.
Japanese History of Edo period to the Meiji Restoration
This documentary looks at Japan in the time of the Meiji restoration.
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Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire: The Return of the Barbarians (55:17)
PBS explores Japan and her policy regarding Westerners prior to the arrival of Commodore Matthew C. Perry and the end of the Shogun rule. (Account Required)
“The First Opium War: The Anglo-Chinese War of 1839-1842” discusses the Treaty of Nanjing.
Art, Artifice and Identity—The World of the Qianlong Emperor (35:50)
The MET Museum’s lecture series focuses on the Qianlong Emperor and his retirement palace in the Forbidden City.
The Man Who Unlocked Japan (8:49)
PBS series: Japan, Memoirs of a Secret Empire; 3 episodes
Education About Asia. This site provides the best online sources for modern Chinese and Japanese history.
This is the site of the Association for Asian Studies, the home page of which has links to sources more suited to advanced term papers and seminar projects.
Packed with maps, photographs and movies depicting the conflict between Japan and China at the end of the 19th century, students can learn more about causes and consequences of the Sino-Japanese war.
A short lesson on the Boxer Rebellion with historian Yohuru Williams.
Part 1 of The Ottoman Empire – Demise of a Major Power.
Engineer an Empire—Russia
Beginning in 1480, with the reign of Ivan III and the overthrow of the Mongol Tatars rulers; this documentary looks at Russian history, building and expansion under the Tsars up until the revolution in the twentieth century.
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19. The Romanovs and the Russian Revolution: (46:58)
Yale University video lecture series looks at the Russian Revolution, the causes, course and consequence.
The Most Evil Men in History—Rasputin (23:52)
Available on Netflix instant: History's Mysteries, the True Story of Rasputin
The Crimean War
A comprehensive study of the Crimean War, this documentary examines the key events, figures and battles of the conflict fought between 1853–56.
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Causes of the 1905 Revolution in Russia.
The Children Who Built Victorian Britain:
Weblink with short video clips
Inside Einstein’s Mind documentary by PBS.
The Wright Stuff—The Life of the Wright Brothers
With interviews from family members and home-movie footage, this documentary looks at the Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, and the invention of the airplane.
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Remarkable website that explores Thomas Edison’s impact on modernity through his innovations and inventions. This site also reproduces all of Edison’s scientific sketches which are available to download as PDF files.
A visually beautiful website which reproduces many of Monet’s masterpieces, this site also includes an extensive biographical account of the famous painter’s life and works. It also includes information about his wife Camille, his gardens at Giverny, and a chronology.
This website has reproduced, in full, the works of Charles Darwin. In addition to providing digitized facsimiles of his works, private papers and manuscripts it has also added a concise biographical account and numerous images of Darwin throughout his life.
Fantastic and informative website that houses digitized manuscripts of Einstein’s work. Also includes a gallery of images.
Karl Marx--In Our Time BBC 4 Radio
All Empires Online History Community. Website dedicated to assembling materials on all historical empires, including those of the nineteenth century.
The BBC looks back at its colonial past and its presence in India. Topics include the East India Company, regional politics, company government and territorial expansion.
“The Colonization of Africa” by NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Lecture from Yale University on French colonization of Vietnam and Algeria.
Fredrick the Great and the Enigma of Prussia
Professor Christopher Clark examines the life of Fredrick the Great who transformed Prussia into a military state and whose ideology would become the inspiration for Hitler’s vision for Germany.
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Mao’s Bloody Revolution (1:26:40)
Philip Short’s documentary looks at ‘the course of the Chinese revolution up to the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution’ and the terrible legacy of blood and suppression left by Chairman Mao.
Maintained by Independence Hall Association in Philadelphia, it contains many links to topics discussed in this chapter.
A complete review of the Bolshevik party members including biographies and links to archives, which contain their works.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum looks back on one of the darkest times in western history.
A disturbing collection of pictures and articles tell the gruesome history of the Raping of Nanking.
Fallout 1955 (14:12)
Produced in 1955 by the Ministry of Defence, this segment was designed to educate American citizens on nuclear fallout and the precautions to take following such a nuclear attack.
The Cold War
This documentary provides a comprehensive overview of the Cold War from its beginnings after WWII to the fall of the Berlin Wall. (A small section of this is missing, please see below)
Part One—From World War to the Cold War (9:55):
The Race to Space—BBC Moon Landing Documentary
Space Race, British documentary
The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall, a TIME photo essay
The Other Side of the Suez Canal
The Economist Magazine looks back on An Affair to Remember, the Suez Crisis and its implications.
In addition to providing information and video footage regarding Yuri Gagarin’s orbit of the earth, students will also find information on America’s space history.
Pol Pot—Inside Evil
Frontline episode on Khmer Rouge
Malcolm X – (1:25:59):
Available on Netflix Instant: Salute. A documentary on the 1968 Olympics.
History, Art & Archives of the U.S. House of Representatives website, “The Civil Rights Movement and the Second Reconstruction, 1945-1968”.
The Civil Rights Era from BBC Motion Gallery (2:15)
This short clip from the BBC’s Motion Gallery department presents a montage of both images and audio/visual clips depicting the struggle for Civil Rights in America.
Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Rich archival materials including collections on the end of the Cold War, Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Cuban Missile Crisis, and Chinese foreign policy documents.
College of DuPage Library. Typing in the “search” box “Research guide to 1960s websites” yields a wide-ranging set of relevant topics.
BBC’s archive ON THIS DAY shows video footage from the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.
Iraq Documentary (42:32)
This Emmy Award winning documentary, hosted by Dave Malkoff, focuses on Iraq’s troublesome transition into democracy.
An Iraq War TIMEline
Afghanistan: War without End (58:51)
This documentary looks at the war in Afghanistan and the key decisions which has shaped the conflict.
The Death of Yugoslavia [3/6]—Wars of Independence
Comprised of interviews with Slobodan Miloševi? and other leading figures of the conflict the BBC looks at the collapse of Yugoslavia, the subsequent wars and political crisis that ensued. Viewer discretion is advised.
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The Death of Yugoslavia—[4/6]—The Gates of Hell
The BBC continues its series on the fall of Yugoslavia and the conflict which ensued. This series exposes the ethic cleansing policy of Slobodan Miloševi? in Bosnia. Caution: This documentary contains some images which some viewers may find disturbing.
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Balanced and informative environmental websites.
Tim Judah traces the destruction and violence which led to mass genocide in the conflict known as the Yugoslav Wars.
The BBC News looks back at the lie and career of Nelson Mandela.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency website reviews current environmental topics, laws and regulations, and news.