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Augustine of Hippo
Text and translations, research materials and images. This outstanding Web site is maintained by J.J O'Donnell at the University of Pennsylvania.

Cambodian Genocide Program
Between 1975 and 1979 during the infamous regime of Pol Pot, it is estimated that 1.5 to 2 million Cambodians lost their lives due to starvation, overwork, torture or execution. Or, to put it another way, 20% of the entire population of Cambodia were murdered at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. Today, these crimes against humanity are hardly front page news. Indeed, they seem hardly discussed anymore. Fortunately, this is not the case thanks to the work being done by Yale University's Cambodian Genocide Program (CGP), along with support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The CGP has gathered an abundance of information and it's all available to the public on their Web site. They've instituted a mapping project in order to locate and collect data from mass graves. These maps are archived in one of four databases. The bibliographic database contains primary and secondary documents dealing with the atrocities. The biographic database is an index of Khmer Rouge leaders as well as their victims. Mug shots of prisoners are contained in the photographic database.

Additionally, the CGP has trained many Cambodian officials and other interested parties in "international law and practice to seek legal accounting, documentation and reconciliation in Cambodia". Other documentation on the site include an organization chart of the headquarters of the Khmer Rouge secret police, "a small gallery of snapshots, showing a variety of scenes pertaining to gross violations of human rights during the Khmer Rouge regime" as well as documentation pertaining to American servicemen missing in Cambodia.

The Catholic Encyclopedia
In all things the object of the Encyclopedia is to give the whole truth without prejudice, national, political or factional. In the determination of the truth the most recent and acknowledged scientific methods are employed, and the results of the latest research in theology, philosophy, history, apologetics, archæology, and other sciences are given careful consideration.

The Center for Academic Integrity
Provides a forum to identify, affirm, and promote the values of academic integrity among students. The CAI Web site is divided into a public tier, which contains general information about the Center and its activities, and a members-only tier, which contains specific information on CAI projects, research, and a list-server for members to exchange ideas and information. Not a history site, but probably the most important link on World History Compass.

The Empire That Was Russia
The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated. This is an exhibition by the Library of Congress. The color photos of this time period are stunning. Do not miss this site.

German History Museum, Berlin
The DHM site has an English version of many of their pages, and there are also a few available in French.

Grover Furr's Medieval History and Literature Page
An annotated list of links to important resources for students of the European Middle Ages, with emphasis on literature.

Historic Philadelphia
Visit over 65 historic sites in Philadelphia's Historic district. History-based exploration of the multitude of offerings in one square mile of Philadelphia. Independence Hall, Carpenters' Hall, Elfreth's Alley, The Contributionship, Library Hall, and many more.

HyperHistory
HyperHistory is an inovative web site displaying synchronoptically the panorama of world history: people, events, civilization timelines, and maps with hundreds of www links.

Jersey Kids Page
The fourth grade students of Mrs. Larsen's class at Osage School in Voorhees, New Jersey steal the show. Although the title is a little misleading, their Jersey Kids Page covers the history of New Jersey from early exploration to present. The students have done a very remarkable job with their essays and it's obvious that they've researched their projects very thoroughly. Great work kids!

The Web site itself is also very well done. Mrs. Larsen spent her summer studying computers and the Internet and her studies have certainly paid off. This is a truly useful and informative site on the history of New Jersey. More importantly, Mrs. Larsen has come up with a very resourceful approach to the teaching of history.

Reading, Writing, and Researching for History
Professor Patrick Rael of Bowdoin College has put together an invaluable resource that not only covers writing research papers, but also how to read primary and secondary sources.

Victorian Web
Literature, history and culture in the age of Victoria. Very comprehensive. This is one of the best history sites on the Web. Brown University.

Wharram Percy --The Lost Medieval Village
Like a novel that you can't put down, every now and then you come across a Web site that's so well done you can't leave until you've pored over every last detail. Professor Ken Tompkins has produced such a site with Wharram Percy --The Lost Medieval Village. The Web site covers archeological findings of an English village that was abandoned in the 15th century. Wharram Percy was first settled during the Iron Age and the Web pages take us through subsequent Roman, Anglo Saxon, Norman and Medieval settlements. The text is very well written and the use of graphics; maps, floor plans, photographs and art work is very effective and informative.

Who Killed William Robinson?
Robinson was a Black American who was murdered on Salt Spring Island in the British Colony of British Columbia in 1868. This web site is not just about William Robinson or about British Columbia. It is also about historical understanding. It allows you to look at the same documents that professional researchers look at to build their accounts. It allows you to interpret the raw material of the past and to ask the larger questions like, how do we know what happened in the past?

An outstanding teaching tool by Ruth Sandwell a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia and John Lutz an Assistant Professor in the History Department at the University of Victoria.

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