HyperHistory Online presents 3000 years of world history through interactive lifelines, timelines, and maps. You can search under the main headings: People, History, Events, and Maps.
2Learn.ca for Teens is a website that offers homework help in social studies as well as thousands of links to social studies topics. It provides a wealth of information geared to Alberta students. Use the toolbar at the top of the page for Social Studies materials. Select your grade and topic.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes photos and descriptions of 830 areas in the world that are designated as heritage sites that need to be protected. Most are sites of historic, architectural, or environmental importance. The website is organized by country, with the heritage sites then described. Look up the countries listed in your textbook and visit a few of their historic places, like the historic centre of Urbino in Italy, the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto in Japan, and Xochimilco in Mexico.
The Sacred Destinations
Travel Guide provides detailed information about sacred sites around
the world. It is organized by country and by category (including cathedrals,
mosques, ancient mysteries). There is information on Islamic mosques,
major cathedrals in Italian cities, Japanese Buddhist and Shinto shrines,
and pyramids in Teotihuacan and the Templo Mayor in Tenochtitlan.
Case Study One
Chapter 1 page 14 Roman and Byzantine Empires
This Metropolitan Museum of Art website provides details about the Byzantine Empire, including its history, influences, maps, and timelines. It also presents key works of art from Byzantium.
Chapter 1 page 16 Silk Road and Islamic civilization
The Silk Road Project celebrates the living traditional arts of peoples along the Silk Road lands. The website presents artists along the vast network of trade routes, whose flow of ideas, culture, music, and art crossed the mountains and deserts of Central Asia to connect East Asia and the Mediterranean.
The Islamic Civilization website offers a number of articles on various aspects of Islamic civilization, including science, civilization, history, and Islam in Andalusia (Spain and Portugal) and the Americas.
Advancing the Islamic Intellectual Tradition, is a short movie available for download. The film celebrates the establishment of the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities Chair in Islamic Studies at the University of Alberta, a position which explores the diversity of traditions, cultures and interpretations of Islam.
Chapter 1 page 20 Crusades
Chapter 1 page 22 Fibonacci
Chapter 1 page 23 Feudal System
The History on the Net website presents a clear description of the hierarchy of the medieval feudal system.
The Feudal System website provides information on the feudal system, including the hierarchical structure, the Royal court, the manor, life in the towns, barons, medieval soldiers, and peasants.
Chapter 1 page 24 Duc de Berry, Books of Hours
Chapter 1 page 25 Black Death
Visit the EyeWitness to History website and read firsthand accounts of those that lived through the Black Death and the impact on medieval society.
Chapter 1 page 33 Timbuktu, Cuzco, Cahokia
This Cuzco website provides maps, images, and descriptions of Cuzco as an important ritual centre of the Incan empire.
Visit the official website of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and find out about Cahokia structures and people, and its protected status.
Read the fascinating article Pyramid
Found in New England about the discovery of a pyramid and other structures
in Vermont. You can find information on archaeological digs around the
world on the Archaeological
Institute of America website.
The Welcome to Florence homepage has excellent links to information about Florence, including history, art, Renaissance, architecture, literature, pictures, and museums.
Chapter 1 page 37 Venice
The Venice Travel Guide provides information for today’s tourist, including information on the geography, climate, history, museums, and culture of Venice. A photo gallery is provided.
Chapter 1 page 42 Genoa
Destinations Genoa provides information for tourists, with links to churches, buildings and monuments, museums and galleries, plus information on geography, history and culture.
Chapter 2 page 49 Canadians
Discover high-profile Canadians at the Famous Canadians Theme Page. You can search by categories such as politicians, poets, prime ministers, women, and many others.
Chapter 2 page 53 Gutenberg Bible
The Ransom Centre website includes digital images of their copy of the Gutenberg Bible, as well as details about Johann Gutenberg, the printing process, and the spread of printing. There is also a section for K–12 educators.
Chapter 2 page 57 Petrarch
Chapter 2 page 58 Erasmus
Chapter 2 page 59 Montaigne
Chapter 2 page 60-61 Take An Internet Field Trip: Museums and
The Firenze Musei is a network of thirteen state museums in Florence, collectively exhibiting approximately three hundred thousand works of art. Their most high-profile collections belong to the Florentine Renaissance; see the Accademia Gallery for the original statue of David and the Uffizi Gallery for their collection containing artwork by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael, and Michelangelo, among others.
The Louvre in Paris and London’s National Gallery and the British Museum, and New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art have extensive collections featuring pieces from the Renaissance, Edo and Meiji Japan, and Aztec and Spanish societies.
Visit a few museums in the capital cities of the United States and Canada. The Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. have a number of exhibits and collections that will support the three case studies, as does the Museum of Civilization and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has a number of interesting collections available online.
Chapter 2 page 62 Renaissance Art
Chapter 2 page 69 Copernicus
Chapter 2 page 71 Viete
Chapter 2 page 72 Writers
La Pléiade gives information about this group of sixteenth-century poets and links to some of its key members: Pierre de Ronsard, Joachim du Bellay, and Jean-Antoine de Baïf.
Check out the Internet Shakespeare Editions website. Read about the life, times, ideas, and works of William Shakespeare, one of history’s most influential writers.
Chapter 2 page 74 Leonardo da Vinci
Chapter 2 page 79 Women
Chapter 3 page 91 Martin Luther
Chapter 3 page 101 Carracks and Caravels
Learn more about the advantages of the carrack over other ships for traveling the oceans at the Pirate's Realm website.
Chapter 3 page 102 Henry the Navigator
This website about Prince Henry the Navigator outlines his contributions to ship design and Portuguese exploration.
Chapter 3 page 103 Age of Exploration
The Mariner’s Museum presents information relevant to many of the explorations discussed in the text. Click on the site map to easily find the links to Portuguese explorers, ships, and navigation methods, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, as well as English and French explorers.
Chapter 3 page 105 Columbus
The Columbus Navigation homepage gives detailed information about Christopher Columbus’ voyage across the Atlantic, his crew, his ships, and navigation techniques.
Chapter 3 page 106 Magellan
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Chapter 4 page 128
The easy-to-use Japanese Lifestyle website provides information on Japan’s regions and cities, as well as its government, geography, travel, population, climate, history, culture, and economy.
Nihongo.org presents an excellent website of Japanese maps. Go to the Japan Travel Updates: Japan Maps, which takes you to an interactive map of Japan. From it, you can click to explore every region and major city of modern-day Japan. Some of these websites will be useful throughout Case Study Two.
Chapter 4 page 132
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Chapter 5 page 167
This Smithsonian Institution website provides information on the origin of the Ainu and their relationship with modern Japan.
Chapter 5 page 186
Chapter 6 page 192
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Case Study Three page 226
The Sister Stories website provides a number of links to other pages that give information about Aztec life, history, language, and beliefs. Often this information is provided through translations of Aztec documents.
The Si! Spain website gives links to numerous topics about Spain, its geography, history, current statistics, language, and politics.
The PBS website offers a virtual field trip with interactive activities exploring the Spanish conquest of the Americas and its peoples for Spain. Explore timelines of the conquests and notebooks of a person making a film on the conquest of Mexico.
Chapter 7 page 228, 230
Chapter 8 page 262
Chapter 8 page 286
Chapter 9, page 300