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The American Yawp
The American Yawp offers a free, online, collaboratively built American history textbook designed for college-level history courses. It is currently being used in ISU history courses and has been praised for its clear and concise coverage of content.
OpenStax U.S. History
U.S. History is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of most introductory courses. The text provides a balanced approach to U.S. history, considering the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from both the top down (politics, economics, diplomacy) and bottom up (eyewitness accounts, lived experience).
History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877
This textbook examines U.S. History from before European Contact through Reconstruction, while focusing on the people and their history. Prior to its publication, History in the Making underwent a rigorous double blind peer review, a process that involved over thirty scholars who reviewed the materially carefully, objectively, and candidly.
The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature
A textbook composed of primary sources interspersed with commentary and introductions produced by students studying early American history & literature, the Anthology of Earlier American Literature covers a timeline from before the Spanish set foot on the mainland to when Mark Twain wrote about his "America," roughly 1600-1850.
U.S. History I
U.S. History is a survey course beginning with the indigenous people of North America and extending to the post-Civil War Reconstruction era.
American Environmental History
A comprehensive survey of American Environmental History covering the exodus and evolution of homo sapiens to food production and transportation in modern day.
World History in the Early & Modern Eras
This open course presents a comparative overview of world history from the 17th century to the present era. It examines the origins of major economic, political, social, cultural, and technological trends of the past 400 years and explore the impact of these trends on world societies.
World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500
World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of humankind from prehistory to 1500. It covers Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel, Dynastic Egypt, India’s Classical Age, the Dynasties of China, Archaic Greece, the Roman Empire, Islam, Medieval Africa, the Americas, and the Khanates of Central Asia.
Special Topics in History
Open Modernisms is a Creative-Commons-licensed (CC-BY), social-knowledge resource that allows scholars of modernism to build custom anthologies or coursepacks of out-of-copyright primary materials. The site offers a library of PDF documents from which users can build an anthology from scratch by uploading their own material, or by remixing someone else's work. Members can add their own notes or materials, and then output everything to a single PDF file for distribution and/or printing.
Digital Meijis: Revisualizing Modern Japanese History at 150
The Meiji at 150 Digital Teaching Resource and this companion volume were designed to present and widely disseminate research on the Meiji Period in a public format designed for easy adoption in the Japanese studies classroom. By pairing digitized materials and documents with historical narrative and interpretive analysis, the “visual essays” contained within encourage readers to review and rethink modern Japanese history through images.
This open course covers some of the most important political revolutions that took place between the 17th century and today.
Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South
This project from Duke University contains over 400 oral history interviews chronicling African-American life from the 1890s to the 1950s.
History of International Relations: A Non-European Perspective
In his Introduction, the author explicitly sets out the aims and concerns of the work: it is not motivated by an attempt to be politically correct, but wishes to, ‘straightforwardly, provide the kind of information you need in order to understand today’s world.’ The frankness with which Ringmar communicates this intent is maintained throughout the book. From colonisation and erasure to the Kama Sutra, there is no ground he is unwilling to cover if it is relevant to his unique dissection of IR.