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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.

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Ancient British History - Suite101

A variety of articles that explore the Britain's mysterious ancient past. Includes articles about Arthurian legend.

The Celts

Nice site about the Celts in Europe.


Celtic Connections

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.


Norman Conquest of England

Small directory points the way to several sites dealing with the Norman invasion and conquest of England.


Celtic Kingdoms - Wales

Brief introduction to the pre-medieval kingdoms of Wales. 


Celtic Kingdoms - Ulster

Examines the origins of Ireland's Celtic migrations, and traces the invasions into modern-day Scotland and the arrival of St. Patrick.


Celtic Kingdoms - Scotland

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.


The Crusades

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.



Robin Hood

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 medieval tournaments.

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.



Black Death

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.


Richard II, Wat Tyler and The Peasants' Revolt

An account of the Peasants revolt of 1381.



Wars of the Roses, The (1455-87)

Brief overview of this series of civil wars which were fought in England by the houses of Lancaster and York. With links to other sites.


Women in the Middle Ages

Nice site about the life of women in the middle ages.


Henry VIII

Nice site about Henry and his six wives.



Elizabeth I (1533-1603)

Discover the personal and professional life of the 16thC British queen. Includes a photo gallery, biography and links to additional sources.


The Spanish Armada of 1588
A website on the Spanish Armada of 1588 that includes extensive information on ships, battles and people.


Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Walter Raleigh (or Ralegh), born near East Budleigh in South-West
England. A summary of his life (1552 - 1618), with numerous links. ...


The Golden Age of English Literature

A comprehensive site dealing with 16th century English literature, including the life and works of Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare. Also includes links to information about non-literary figures of the age.



Mary, Queen of Scots

Examines the Catholic queen's three marriages, and includes portraits and biographies of her husbands. Includes a selection of related links.


Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

Learn the history behind the custom in England where people let off fireworks and burn 'Guy Fawkes' every 5th November. 


The Great Fire of London

BBC History site about the Great Fire



Contemporary Account of the Great Fire of London

Read an account of the Great Fire of 1666.



Oliver Cromwell: Lord Protector of England (1599-1658)

Read the  Cromwell section of the History of England by Thomas Macauley. 


The English Civil War

The site for information related to the civil war of the seventeenth century.



The Monmouth Rebellion of 1685

A site describing the rebellion which followed the crowning of the Catholic King James II.



Judge Jeffreys and the Bloody Assizes

Find out about Judge Jeffreys the man responsible for the death of more than 300 people in 1685. 


The English Bill of Rights 1689

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

William Harvey 1578-1657

Sir Isaac Newton 1643-1727

Edmund Halley 1656-1742



Industrial Revolution

Provides a brief description of the innovations for various industries that were developed and implemented during the Industrial Revolution

John Wilkinson

James Watt

The Luddites



John Wesley, the Methodist

An account of his life and work. See also: John Wesley On-line Exhibition



The Battle of Trafalgar 1805

Perhaps the most significant naval battle in history. See also: Horatio Nelson



The Battle of Waterloo 1815

The battle which marked the defeat of Napoleon Boneparte. See also: The Duke of Wellington.




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.



Opium War - Britain Stole Hong Kong From China

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.

The First World War 1914 - 1918

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.




WWW Virtual Library - American Indians 
An index of several thousand organised links to Native American and related websites.

 Archiving Early America 
Discover primary source documents from early American history--- scenes and portraits from original newspapers, maps and writings.

Colonial 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...

Life 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...


Spy 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.

Songs from the American Revolution 
A collection of Loyalist and British Songs & Poetry from the American Revolution. Contains rare, seldom-read passages.

 History Research 
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.

Internet 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.

American Jewish History - 
A series of articles from the American Jewish Historical Society that chronicle Jewish life and politics in America.

The Flag of the United States of America 
Everything you'd want to know about the United States Flag.

History Timelines on the Web ... The History Beat 
US history internet links, history timelines, history resources on the web and historical US cities.

American History Site 
From the impeachment of Andrew Johnson to the history of Ellis Island, Guide Martin Kelly will give you the lowdown on American History.

The 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.

American Experience - The Presidents 
This site devoted to American history includes a section on the US Presidents. Find featured biographies, a teaching guide, and resources.




Empire & Colony - Australia's Relationship With Britain

Lengthy, detailed essay examines how Australia has maintained a subservient role toward Britain despite her political independence


Australian History on the Internet 
Internet sites related to Australian history

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

Australian History 
Timeline of Events - years 1901-to the present. The First Australians. The Gold Rush 1788-1901 PRE 1788 Development of Settlements ....

.  New 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 ...

The 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 ...

 New 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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