A Collection of Readings

The Discoveries and Exploration Voyages

Overview: from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Article: Things hidden from Other Men' The Portuguese Voyages Of Discovery


Overview on Imperialism: World-wide Imperialism

The Protestant Reformation

Overview 1
Overview 2



Industrial Revolution & Capitalism

CAPITALISM: Frequently Asked Questions

Women's Rights: The Seneca Falls Convention and the Declaration of Women's Rights

The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848
Modern History Sourcebook: The Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls Conference, 1848


Overview and analysis



China 's Revolution under Mao Zedong and the Communist Party

The Chinese Revolution of 1911
The Chinese Revolution and the Chinese Communist Party, an essay by Mao Zedong.
Overview of the Communist Revolution:
--Nationalism and Communism
--Anti-Japanese War
--Return to Civil War
--The People's Republic of China


What is Fascism?” by Benito Mussolini.
Overview with international perspective

The Great Depression

Overview 1
Overview 2
A Photo Essay on the Great Depression


Overview 2
A Holocaust Photo Essay

Pearl Harbor

Events Leading to the Japanese Attack of Pearl Harbor Hawaii
Pearl Harbor -- What Really Happened (Report in three parts)
The attack
A Photo Essay
Document: “Pearl Harbor Speech” by Franklin D. Roosevelt

United Nations

Background: “From the League of Nations to the United Nations
Short history

Concise overview
Document: The Charter of the United Nations

The Korean War

Korean War – Photos

Questions and answers about the Korean war

Women’s Movement (1960’s)

Timeline of Legal History of Women in the United States
Essay: “The Successes and Failures of Feminism,” By Barbara Epstein.

The Cuban Missile Crisis

"The Cuban Missile Crisis," by John Swift

Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement

The life of Martin Luther King Jr.
Document: "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Document: "I Have a Dream."
Document: "I've Been to the Mountaintop." (Speech given the day before he was assassinated)

The Vietnam War

Vietnam War Statistics
A Vietnam Photo Essay

A Vietnam War Timeline

The Cold War / End of the Cold War

Document: “Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech.”
Essay: “The End of the Cold War.”


Overview: “Gorbachev and Perestroika.”

China and the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989

China explodes at Tiananmen

Islam as a Political Force

Analysis: “Islam's Imperial Dreams.”
Essay: “Islam and Power.”
Analysis: “Roots of Conflict: The Islamist Critique of Western Value.”

The Gulf War

Video Excerpts (Click on the Video Excerpt Box, on the top right corner, on the High Bandwidth red area)
Document: The Perspective of the Secretary of State
Gulf War Photographs