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Internet History Sourcebooks Project

Paul Halsall, Editor
Last Modified: Nov 6 2014 | linked pages may have been updated more recently


The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.

Update Information 2006:
 
In 2006 the Internet History Sourcebooks Project is undergoing a major overhaul to remove bad links and add more documents.

1. This project is both very large and fairly old in Internet terms. At the time it was instigated (1996), it was not clear that web sites [and the documents made available there] would often turn out to be transient. As a result there is a process called "link rot" - which means that a "broken link" is a result of someone having taken down a web page. In some cases some websites have simply reorganized sub-directories without creating forwarding links. Since 2000, very few links to external sites have been made. An effort is under way to remove bad links.

2. All links to documents marked [at this Site] should be working. [In the Internet Medieval Sourcebook, but not the other associated sourcebooks, if there is no indication of the file's location then the text is hosted locally and the link should be working.

3. Users may attempt to locate texts not currently available, or where the links have changed via The Internet Archive/Way Back Machine. Alternately, a search via Google may locate another site where the document is available.

Feedback and Help
While I encourage notes, comments and feedback in general, I am unable to reply to all of them. I am especially not able to reply to students (or students' parents!) seeking help with homework.

For guidance on homework, research, how people lived/ate/dressed in the past, see the various Help! pages:

I am unable to help locate details about your family, or give translations of your name or nickname into Chinese (a very common request)!

If you find bad links, or typographical errors, please do notify me by telling me the URL (web address) of the specific page with the fault, and (in the case of bad links) the URL of the bad link.

Finding Texts and Information on this Site
Use the Search page to find texts or other items located at this web site.

I am always happy to hear from people who wish to submit copy permitted texts to the various sites below.


Statement on Copyright and Fair Use



The Internet History Sourcebooks
  • Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
    A "classroom usable" sourcebook of copy-permitted material for Ancient history and civilization courses.
  • Internet Medieval Sourcebook
    This is an online source book of copy-permitted, although not necessarily copyright-free, source material for Medieval Studies. It is the largest online resource of medieval and Byzantine textual sources. 
  • Internet Modern History Sourcebook
    Now with almost as many online texts as the Medieval Sourcebook, this also constitutes a "classroom usable" sourcebook of copy-permitted material for Modern European history and Modern Civilization courses. North American and Latin American documents are located within its structure.
SUBSIDIARY SOURCEBOOKS
The following consist of thematically based subsets of texts, with some additional documents and links, of the three main Sourcebooks listed above. SOURCEBOOK THEMES
The following consist of thematically based subsets of texts entirely taken from the three main Sourcebooks listed above, along with documents from the subsidiary sourcebooks.
  • Travelers' Accounts
    Traveler's accounts of their journeys and the lands they visit are important sources in understanding the past.  As outsiders, travelers often note aspects of a culture that are too commonplace for local commentators to mention. More than this, travelers often provide some insight into how their own society understood itself in relation to other cultures.
  • Legal History: Ancient and Medieval

Historical Studies Websites
Comprehensive Bibliographies

Course Pages by Paul Halsall

Update Information 2006:
As of late 2005 links to course pages at UNF at Internet History Sourcebooks Project will no longer work, and have been removed. It is hopped that this "darkening" will not be permanent.

Western Civilization Surveys [1000 level courses]

  • Western Civilization I: to 1715
    A website created for Fall 1999 and later for a lecture course taught at the University of North Florida.  Full online lecture notes are included.
  • Western Civilization II: since 1715
    A website created for Spring 2001 and later for a lecture course taught at the University of North Florida.  Full online lecture notes are included.
  • European History and Historians I
    A website created for a Graduate Teaching Assistant course taught Fall 2000 and later  at the University of North Florida.   This course parallels a typical undergradiuate survey course, but with a reading load directed at graduate students who will be teaching such courses.
  • European History and Historians II
    A website created for a Graduate Teaching Assistant course taught Spring 2001 and later  at the University of North Florida.   This course parallels a typical undergradiuate survey course, but with a reading load directed at graduate students who will be teaching such courses.
  • Shaping of the Modern World
    An entirely online course (called Core 4) in modern history taught in Sping 1998 at Brooklyn College.  Full online lecture notes are included. Useful additional resources include.
    • Portrait Gallery -- images of individuals significant in modern history (i.e. since 1500)
    • Core 4 Images - a much wider array of images for use in teaching modern history.
  • See also an older approach: Modern History Course
    A page created for my Fall 1997, and after, Modern History survey course at Fordham University, The West: From the Enlightenment to the Present.   
  • Core Abroad in Israel and Greece
    A website created for Summer 2000 for a foreign study course taught at the University of North Florida. This site includes hundred of high quality images from sites and museums.
  • Core Abroad in France, Spain, and Portugal
    A website created for Summer 2001 for a foreign study course taught at the University of North Florida. This site includes hundred of high quality images from sites and museums.
Medieval Courses [3000 level courses]
  • Medieval Europe
    A website created for Fall 1999 and later courses taught at the University of North Florida.  Full online lectures notes are included.
    See also an older approach:  Medieval Studies Course or low graphics version
    A page created for my Fall 1996, and after, Medieval survey course at Fordham University, The Shaping of the Medieval World.   
  • Byzantine History
    A website created for Spring 2000 and later courses taught at the University of North Florida.  
  • The Crusades
    A website created for Spring 2000 and later courses taught at the University of North Florida.  
  • Myth, Epic, and Romance: Medieval History in Film
    A website created for Summer 2001 and later courses taught at the University of North Florida.  
Seminar Courses [4000/5000 level courses]
  • Sex and Gender in Pre-Modern Europe
    A website created for a 4000 level research course taught Spring 2000 and later  at the University of North Florida.  
  • Saints, Sainthood and Society
    A website created for a 4000 level research course taught Fall 2000 and later   at the University of North Florida.  
World History Courses
  • Chinese Studies Course
    A page for my course in Chinese culture, taught at Brooklyn College,  Fall 1995-Spring 1999

How to Cite Documents at the Internet History Sourcebooks Project The author and maintainer of this site is Paul Halsall [picture]. He can be contacted by email at
Please do not hesitate to mail comments or suggestions.
The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is located at the History Department of  Fordham University, New York. The Internet Medieval Sourcebook, and other medieval components of the project, are located at the Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies.The Internet History Sourcebooks Project [IHSP] is a world wide web project designed to provide easy access to primary sources and other teaching materials in a non-commercial environment.  It was developed and is edited by Paul Halsall with the aid of numerous other contributors. The IHSP recognizes the contribution of Fordham University, the Fordham University History Department, and the Fordham Center for Medieval Studies in providing web space and server support for the project. The IHSP is a project independent of Fordham University. Although the IHSP seeks to follow all applicable copyright law, Fordham University is not the institutional owner, and is not liable as the result of any legal action.

Site Design: Paul Halsall
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