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World History

World History

Explore resources that uncover and illuminate people and places often overshadowed in traditional accounts of history. With unique functionality to search and analyze data, Alexander Street's World History resources create learning and research opportunities with content that spans seven continents and more than 3,000 years of history.


Students, faculty, and scholars of World History will discover:

  • Rare and previously unpublished content: Resources incorporate many of the hard-to-find and never-before-digitized materials that would otherwise be lost to history.
  • The best mix of materials and media: Broad-ranging content includes newsreels, documentaries, scholarly essays, oral histories, photographs, newspapers, conference proceedings, organizational newsletters, personal letters, diaries, and other archival documents.
  • The most comprehensive coverage: Explore diverse perspectives on thousands of events from prehistory to the modern day—from the 1274 BCE Battle of Kadesh, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Viking exploration, and the Middle Ages to Australian federation, World War II, Apartheid, and the Iraq War.
  • Acclaimed partners: Exclusive content is licensed from quality partners including BBC, A&E, PBS, Oxford University Press, NHK International, University of Melbourne Archives, the International Council of Women, WITNESS, the Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive, and more.
  • Award-winning collections: These resources have received critical acclaim from publications including CHOICE (“highly recommended,” World Newsreels Online) and Library Journal (Best Reference Award winner, Woman and Social Movements, International).

Featured Collections

Human Rights Studies Online

In the 20th century alone, more than 20 million people died as a result of genocide. Still millions of others...

World History in Video

This online collection of streaming video gives faculty, students, and history lovers access to more than...