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The September 11 Digital Archive
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The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and ...

The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of September 11, 2001, and its aftermath. The Archive contains more than 150,000 digital items, a tally that includes more than 40,000 emails and other electronic communications, more than 40,000 first-hand stories, and more than 15,000 digital images. Browse the collection for stories, images, emails, documents, sounds, and videos of September 11. Users may also contribute their story or upload images, documents, and other digital files to the Archive.

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Arts and Humanities
Education
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George Mason University
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Center for History and New Media
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Making the History of 1989: The Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe
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Making the History of 1989 materials were developed because teachers and their ...

Making the History of 1989 materials were developed because teachers and their students have little access to vivid historical documents in English that convey the epochal events of 1989. Project materials utilize recent advances in our understanding of how historical learning takes place, including complex interaction with sources, recursive reading, and skills used by historians.
The site has three key features: a substantial collection of high quality primary sources; a set of multimedia interviews that make visible the processes by which historians transform events and sources into historical narratives; and lesson plans and document based questions provide historical context, tools, and strategies for teaching the history of 1989 with primary sources in ways that make “history making” visible and vivid.

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Arts and Humanities
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George Mason University
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American Egyptomania
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This website is devoted to exploring American fascination with Egypt and its ...

This website is devoted to exploring American fascination with Egypt and its history. Primary Source documents can be found by browsing the Historical Sources page or by searching through the advanced search page. Secondary literature that addresses topics such as art & architecture, history, literature, religion, and science can be browsed through the scholarship page. The web resources page contains a list of helpful websites related to the topics of the site and the search page is an advanced search that allows users to search for specific items and articles.

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Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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George Mason University
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Center for History and New Media
Author:
Scott Trafton
The American Housing Finance System
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The course is intended for people who would like a deeper understanding ...

The course is intended for people who would like a deeper understanding of the American housing finance system. The focus will be on providing necessary background knowledge rather than on evaluating specific policy proposals.  Near the end of the course, participants will be encouraged to bring up policy issues and to discuss them in light of the information presented.

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Economics
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George Mason University
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Marginal Revolution University
Author:
Arnold Kling
American Women's Dime Novel Project
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Dime novels written by women were once enormously popular with their readers, ...

Dime novels written by women were once enormously popular with their readers, but the genre has been neglected for most of its history by scholars, collectors, and libraries. The genre suffers from the double burden of being both popular and written for working-class women. This project hopes to overcome the history of oversight to both the form and its readers by providing information about the novels themselves, the authors, the readers, and nineteenth century public reaction.
This site is a source of information about women’s dime novels and includes primary sources on dime novels, biographies for lesser-known authors, lists of relevant archival collections and cover art.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
Women's Studies
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Reading
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George Mason University
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Center for History and New Media
Author:
Felicia L. Carr
Development Economics
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Why are some countries rich and others poor? This fundamental question has ...

Why are some countries rich and others poor? This fundamental question has been on the mind of economists since Adam Smith wrote "The Wealth of Nations" in 1776. This is a full course that covers all the major issues and developments in the field of development economics. Unlike typical college courses, we will take you to the frontier of the discipline, covering recent research as well as more established material. This course is non-technical and is accessible to a beginner. If you pass the final exam, you will earn our "Development Economics" certificate on your profile.

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Economics
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George Mason University
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Marginal Revolution University
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Alex Tabarrok
Tyler Cowen
DoHistory
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This site invites you to explore the process of piecing together the ...

This site invites you to explore the process of piecing together the lives of ordinary people in the past. It is an experimental, interactive case study based on the research that went into the book and film A Midwife’s Tale, both based upon the remarkable diary of 18th-century midwife/healer Martha Ballard. Although DoHistory is centered on the life of Martha Ballard, you can learn basic skills and techniques for interpreting fragments that survive from any period in history.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Women's Studies
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George Mason University
Harvard University
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Center for History and New Media
Film Study Center
Econ Duel
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Economics can explain many of life’s big questions. Problem is, it can ...

Economics can explain many of life’s big questions. Problem is, it can sometimes provide multiple, even conflicting, answers. So which answers are the “right” ones? There’s only one way to find out: Econ Duel! In this fun series from Marginal Revolution University, you’ll have a chance to hear from leading economic thinkers as they debate the big questions discussed in the news, in our schools, and around the dinner table.

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Economics
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Full Course
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George Mason University
Provider Set:
Marginal Revolution University
Author:
Alex Tabarrok
Lawrence H. White
Matthew Yglesias
Scott Sumner
Tyler Cowen
Economic History of the Soviet Union
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Economic theory must distinguish between publicly owned and privately owned property if ...

Economic theory must distinguish between publicly owned and privately owned property if it is to account for the effect of institutions on the behavior of individuals. Careful study of the theories of Marxists and the real-world experience in the Soviet economy offer important lessons and insight for economic modeling and the ongoing development of theory. In this course, Marxist/Leninist theory and Soviet reality will be studied with an open mind, and with the goal of taking lessons from the case study.

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Economics
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George Mason University
Provider Set:
Marginal Revolution University
Author:
Guinevere Liberty Nell
Economics of the Media
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In the Information Age, media is everywhere. This course will help you ...

In the Information Age, media is everywhere. This course will help you make sense of it all, providing insight into the structure of media firms, the nature of their products and how they make money. Is media biased? Is consolidation of media companies bad for consumers? This course will address those questions as well as how the government affects the structure of media through policies such as net neutrality, copyright, TV regulation, and spectrum allocation. This course will provide a general background on the research from economists on media and journalism. There will be a lot of economics and not too much math.

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Economics
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George Mason University
Provider Set:
Marginal Revolution University
Author:
Alex Tabarrok
Tyler Cowen
The Eurozone Crisis
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What's the future of the European Union and the Euro? The Eurozone ...

What's the future of the European Union and the Euro? The Eurozone Crisis is one of the most important issues in the world today. In this three week mini-course, we will cover both the institutions that make up the European Union and the underlying economics that are behind the crisis. We cover what is considered "consensus" knowledge by economists while also adding our own speculations in the mix. 

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Economics
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Full Course
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George Mason University
Provider Set:
Marginal Revolution University
Author:
Alex Tabarrok
Tyler Cowen
Everyday Economics
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What role does economics play in your day-to-day life? You might be ...

What role does economics play in your day-to-day life? You might be surprised to find that economics is a big part of nearly everything you do! Everyday Economics explores just that — how the “big ideas” from economics relate to everyday topics. The course is viewer-driven — you tell us where the course should go. 

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Economics
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Full Course
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George Mason University
Provider Set:
Marginal Revolution University
Author:
Alex Tabarrok
Tyler Cowen
Great Economists: Classical Economics and Its Forerunners
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This course covers the history of economic thought up until the "Marginal ...

This course covers the history of economic thought up until the "Marginal Revolution" in the 1870s and features a video for each chapter of Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations." The videos will answer important questions such as: Who were the first economic thinkers? What are the very origins of economic thought? What did earlier economists understand but has been lost to the modern world? Why is Adam Smith the greatest economist of all time? How did the economic issues of the 18th and 19th centuries shape the thoughts of the classical economists? 

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Economics
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Full Course
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George Mason University
Provider Set:
Marginal Revolution University
Author:
Alex Tabarrok
Tyler Cowen
Greek American Experiences Between Two Cultures
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Greek American Experiences Between Two Cultures is an online oral history project ...

Greek American Experiences Between Two Cultures is an online oral history project that provides an opportunity for Greek Americans to record and access stories, anecdotes and personal histories via the world wide web. Through the modern technology of the internet, it is possible for site visitors to both post stories about their families' experiences as Greek Americans and to read about the experiences of others. Thus, the site serves as a unique and freely accessible archive of oral histories from this vibrant American ethnic group.

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Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
U.S. History
Ethnic Studies
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Reading
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George Mason University
Provider Set:
Center for History and New Media
Author:
Ann Korologos Bazzarone
Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives
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Millions of prisoners suffered the brutal assault on human dignity that was ...

Millions of prisoners suffered the brutal assault on human dignity that was the Gulag. Many Days, Many Lives presents the history of this system through a browseable archive of video, art, artifacts, photographs, and the life stories of former Gulag prisoners. Online exhibitions take visitors on a thematic exploration of Gulag life, including a virtual tour of the reconstructed camp and museum made possible by the Gulag Museum at Perm-36. Teaching resources for introducing the Gulag's history into middle and high school classrooms are available.

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Arts and Humanities
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George Mason University
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Center for History and New Media
Hindsight
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Welcome to Hindsight, an online history project that will transport you back ...

Welcome to Hindsight, an online history project that will transport you back to New York City on May 8, 1970. Your mission is to determine what happened on that day, and what meaning it might hold for us today. Our site uses the web's characteristics to foster historical inquiry -- you will navigate through multiple sources of evidence, explore diverse perspectives, and make connections within this "web" of material. The site is part archive, part essay, and part interactive exhibit.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Activity/Lab
Reading
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George Mason University
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Center for History and New Media
Author:
Ellen Noonan
John Spencer
Karl Hagstrom Mille
Historical Thinking Matters
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For too many Americans, the history class in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ...

For too many Americans, the history class in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (remember the teacher’s plaintive question, “anyone, anyone?”) is all too familiar. Our approach is meant to challenge this false and familiar image of history: understanding and reconstructing the past requires ways of thinking, reading, and questioning much more engaging and challenging than mere memorization.
Teaching in a way that differs from your own schooling experience is not necessarily easy to imagine, let alone execute. Especially given the many pressures and demands on teachers today. This part of the Historical Thinking Matters website is devoted to providing instructional resources for teacher educators who want to challenge these iconic pictures of history instruction and start preparing their students to teach for historical thinking.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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George Mason University
Stanford University
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Center for History and New Media
Stanford Graduate School of Education
Imagining the French Revolution: Depictions of the French Revolutionary Crowd
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Imaging the French Revolution—an experiment in digital scholarship—is organized in three sections. ...

Imaging the French Revolution—an experiment in digital scholarship—is organized in three sections. In , seven scholars— selected for their previous work on revolutionary images—analyze forty-two images of crowds and crowd violence in the French Revolution, a shared on-line archive that provided the starting point for the project. Offering the most relevant examples and comments from an on-line forum that took place during the summer of 2003, highlights an effort by those same scholars to consider issues of interpretation, methodology, and the impact of digital media on scholarship. In many cases, authors incorporated the fruits of these discussions into their final essays. These instances are marked for readers with the icon labeled “Further Discussion,” which provides a link to some of the original excerpts. Finally, s allow readers to consider the work of the scholars and to draw their own conclusion. Not only are readers given access to the same archive as the scholars—an usual circumstance, particularly for visual studies—but we also provide an “Image Tool” that permits close study and comparison of the forty-two images. Furthermore, each image includes relevant data and is linked to the various places throughout the site (both discussion and essays) where scholars discuss it. For a more detailed explanation of the historiographical and methodological goals of this project, as well as an appraisal of its results, please consult the introductory and concluding essays.

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Arts and Humanities
Art History
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Case Study
Reading
Provider:
George Mason University
Provider Set:
Center for History and New Media
Author:
Barbara Day-Hickman
Jack Censer
Joan B. Landes
Lynn Hunt
Vivian Cameron
Warren Roberts
Wayne Hanley
International Finance
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International finance covers some of the most complex but also important topics ...

International finance covers some of the most complex but also important topics in economics. How are exchange rates determined? When if ever are ongoing trade deficits harmful? Are fixed or floating exchange rates better? What are the roots of the euro crisis and what resolution can we expect? Does China manipulate its exchange rate and if so how does that matter? We cover all of these topics and more, with an eye toward what a person really might want to know. There is no use of mathematics in this course beyond the very basic.

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Finance
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Full Course
Provider:
George Mason University
Provider Set:
Marginal Revolution University
Author:
Alex Tabarrok
Tyler Cowen
International Trade
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This course takes a look at the basic theories of international trade ...

This course takes a look at the basic theories of international trade and the consequences of trade in today's global economy. You'll have the opportunity to learn more about fundamental ideas such as comparative advantage, increasing returns to scale, factor endowments, and arbitrage across borders. The consequences we discuss include the effects of offshoring, how trade has shaped the economies of China, Mexico, and Korea, when foreign direct investment is desirable, and the history of free trade and tariffs, among other topics. Trade is a topic of increasing importance and this material will give you a better grasp on the theories and empirics as they have been developed by economists.

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Economics
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
George Mason University
Provider Set:
Marginal Revolution University
Author:
Alex Tabarrok
Tyler Cowen