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The History of English-Speaking Countries
History is a fascinating subject - it really is! And reading about it is a great way of improving your English. On this page you'll find a few interesting links to some of the better history related sites. The links are divided into three sections: Great Britain and Ireland, the USA, and Australia.
You can also do your own research through this rather nice search engine for English and history related things:
GREAT BRITAINAncient British History - Suite101
A variety of articles that explore the Britain's mysterious ancient past. Includes articles about Arthurian legend.
Nice site about the Celts in Europe.
Directory of resources for history and cultures of the main Celtic groups in the British Isles.
The Vikings in Britain
The World of the Vikings.
Blood of the Vikings
In AD 856, a massive fleet of Viking ships appeared off the coast of East Anglia, heralding a change in Viking tactics - from raiding to invasion. Julian Richards investigates the impact of the Vikings in Britain
British Library - Magna Carta
Read a transcript or browse a gallery of scans of the leaves of the most-famous document in British history, the "Magna Carta" of 1215.
Small directory points the way to several sites dealing with the Norman invasion and conquest of England.
Brief introduction to the
pre-medieval kingdoms of Wales.
Examines the origins of
Ireland's Celtic migrations, and traces the invasions into modern-day
Scotland and the arrival of St. Patrick.
Describes the architectural, farming, and textile-making techniques of the earliest Celtic immigrants. Includes map.
des a map of tribal settlement.
The Domesday Book
A short account of the Domesday Book.
A brief introduction to the feudal system.
Extensive information and links to the history of the holy crusades.
Scottish History Homepage - William Wallace
Depository of Scottish history provides profile of the battles fought by Sir William Wallace and an account of his execution in 1305
Scotlands' First War of Independence
The story of the struggle for independence fought by William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
An introduction to the Robin Hood story: legend, fact, characters, places.
Age of Chivalry
The Age of Chivalry contains tales of the rise of Arthur, the Holy Grail legend and many other stories.
Knights and Chivalry in Medieval England
Knights in medieval England and Wales. Chivalry, and
Language and Literature in the Fourteenth Century
An introduction to the English of Chaucer and others.
Online Resources for Medieval Historians
A comprehensive links page to online resources covering the 13th and 14th centuries.
The Hundred Years War (1337-1453)
A very brief summary of the hundred years war between England and France.
The story of the black death ... "Then the grievous plague penetrated the seacoasts from Southampton, and came to Bristol, and there almost the whole strength of the town died, struck as it were by sudden death.
An account of the Peasants revolt of 1381.
Nice site about the life of women in the middle ages.
Nice site about Henry and his six wives.
BBC History site about the Great Fire
Read an account of the Great Fire of 1666.
Read the Cromwell
section of the History of England by Thomas Macauley.
The site for information related to the civil war of the seventeenth century.
A site describing the rebellion which followed the crowning of the Catholic King James II.
Find out about Judge Jeffreys the man responsible for the death of more than 300 people in 1685.
This bill was a precursor to the American Bill of Rights, and set out strict limits on the Royal Family's legal prerogatives and tax raising powers.
Seventeenth Century Science
British Empire Access articles, timelines and maps connected with the history of the British Empire. For a fairly comprehensive list of all countries which were part of the British Empire, click here.
British Empire - History Channel
Resource briefly notes the pivotal events along Britain's path toward world domination. Includes links to related figures and military battles.
Useful Dates in British History
Detailed time-line covers important events dating back to the Roman era. Includes some hyperlinks to more detailed information.
Furnishes background details on Britain's monopoly of the Opium trade, and the Treaties of Bogue and Nanking.
Modern British History - Suite101
Over 70 scholarly articles about modern British history, 1830-1945.
British History - Academic Info
Compendium of resources includes links to online texts, general directories, and British history by period. Includes Scotland and Wales.
British History - Britain The Web Site
Presents a chronological narrative covering the island's key events and historical trends. Includes entries for Wales, Scotland, and Ireland
Nineteenth-Century British Timeline
This page is a timeline of 19th-century British history. It includes links to other historical timelines.
A large site from the BBC detailing everything about the 1914 - 1918 war.
Britain at War
Publishes personal reminiscences and photographs from ex-servicemen to chronicle a history of the United Kingdom in battle.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Virtual Library - American Indians
An index of several thousand organised links to Native American and related websites.
Discover primary source documents from early American history--- scenes and portraits from original newspapers, maps and writings.
America 1600-1775 Resources
The American Colonist's Library Huge collection of primary resource documents Colonial Life in America. ...
A Colonial Family and Community
Be a history detective. Go back in time and investigate the daily lives of the Daggetts, a colonial family from northeastern Connecticut. Collect clues to uncover answers to 7 questions about colonial life in the 1700s. Then prove your skills as a history...
in Colonial America
Puritans - left religious persecution in England. They thought the New World would be a utopia, a "mansion on a hill" for God. Their lifestyle was based on relative equality, unlike the divided social structure of England...
Letters of the American Revolution -- From the Collections of the Clements...
An exhibit of Revolutionary War spy letters from the Sir Henry Clinton Collection at the Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Provides images and transcriptions of original sources in an interpretive, educational framework.
the American Revolution
A collection of Loyalist and British Songs & Poetry from the American Revolution. Contains rare, seldom-read passages.
Over 17,000 history books/articles at world's largest online library.
From Revolution to Reconstruction
American. History. from the colonial period until Modern Times.
African American History Challenge
Interactive quiz helps kids sharpen their knowledge of African-American history. Read profiles of famous 19th-century African Americans.
Black American Studies
Resource for research papers on black history, Afro-American studies, and civil rights.
Jewish History - UJC.org
A series of articles from the American Jewish Historical Society that chronicle Jewish life and politics in America.
Flag of the United States of America
Everything you'd want to know about the United States Flag.
Timelines on the Web ... The History Beat
US history internet links, history timelines, history resources on the web and historical US cities.
From the impeachment of Andrew Johnson to the history of Ellis Island, Guide Martin Kelly will give you the lowdown on American History.
Great Depression, the 1930s, and the Roosevelt Administration
The New Deal Network is an online educational guide to the Roosevelt Administration and the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Experience - The Presidents
This site devoted to American history includes a section on the US Presidents. Find featured biographies, a teaching guide, and resources.
AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALANDEmpire & Colony - Australia's Relationship With Britain
Lengthy, detailed essay examines how Australia has maintained a subservient role toward Britain despite her political independence
History on the Internet
Internet sites related to Australian history
of Australia - Australia's Cultural Network
Provides an overview of Australia's discovery by Captain Cook, its settlement, the first fleet and Australia Day. Follow links for more details.
History of Australia
Comprehensive online resources about the history of Australia
Timeline of Events - years 1901-to the present. The First Australians. The Gold Rush 1788-1901 PRE 1788 Development of Settlements ....
Zealand Backgrounder - History
History. ... The first European to find New Zealand was ... Abel Tasman in 1642; the next was the English navigator James Cook, who claimed the country for Britain ...
History of Immigration to Australia
... The History Immigration to Australia. ... estimated that there were about 300,000 aborigines living in Australia ... send convicts) as far away as possible from Britain ...
Zealand - Ancient and Modern History
Links to New Zealand history from the arrival of the Maori, Captain Cook, the Treaty of Waitangi, Gallipoli, the Rainbow Warrior, recent economic reforms.
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