The West at the Dawn of the...
The links listed below will give you some idea of the wealth of resources available on the Internet for the study of Western Civilization. As you visit these sites, pay special attention to how they differ from one another and from the textbook. In some cases, the wealth of detail provided on specific topics may lead you to re-evaluate your assumptions and conclusions about various aspects of the history of the West.
- World History Chart 1500- 1997
The "Hyperhistory" online chart provides a global history timeline with brief text descriptions. A perfect tool for getting the big picture!
- Maps of Europe
A wide range of maps from the 1980s to the present, showing the changes and continuities since the fall of Communism in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
- Vatican II
Roman Catholicism truly entered the modern age with this far-reaching council that reformed and liberalized many Church practices. This is the Vatican's page linking to documents produced by the council.
- International Monetary Fund
Official site of the IMF, a key product of the WW II settlement, which has recently helped developing nations from Mexico to South Korea resolve financial crises that in earlier times would have destabilized the regional and world economies, opening the way for dictators such as Hitler.
- The World Bank
This is the official website of another major international financial institution that arose from the grand diplomatic settlements of World War II. The World Bank has become a major engine for international economic development, though in recent years it has been the subject of considerable debate regarding what sorts of development are effective and sustainable from both an economic and environmental standpoint.
- Green Party
The homepage of Germany's Green Party. The site is in English, but you can click on the British flag for an English translation; features recent press releases, many of which explain Green policy and goals.
- The Digital Divide
The Digital Divide Network provides information about the global digital divide, and what's being done about it.
"Existentialism is a Humanism," Sartre claimed in 1946. Find out why he says this.
- Revolution in Iran
The BBC's coverage of the Iranian Revolution.
- Political Islam
A RAND Corporation analyst provides an overview of Political Islam and Militancy in Southeast Asia, with brief background information.
- The September 11 Effect
A roundtable discussion on various ways that the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on America has re-shaped US foreign policy practices and goals, and the international order.
- Radical Islam on the Wane?
Editor and analyst Fareed Zakaria says "The Threat of Radical Islam is on the Wane" in an editorial in the London Daily Telegraph.