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The History Portal

Welcome to the history portal. This portal is intended to be a user-friendly guide to history content on Wikiversity for pre-school, primary and secondary levels. For a more specialized and advanced portal, please refer to the school of history.

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Human Legacy Course

The course began on Monday, September 6, 2010.

This course provides students with a thorough survey of the significant political, socio-economic, and cultural features of human history from the beginnings of civilization to the contemporary period. Using both primary and secondary sources and document-based investigation, students trace the emergence of the interdependence between world regions-an interaction stimulated by European invasions and colonizations and sustained by the contributions of the non-western regions.

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The Spread of Homo Sapiens
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This map shows the spread of homo sapiens out of Africa and across the globe, with very approximate dates. Click on the image for a full size version which you can freely re-use and modify. Print it and use it for your lessons, integrate it into your pages on Wikiversity, or use it in other learning resources and websites. Use the links below to find more images like this one.

Archaeological maps - Images of the Stone Age - Images of homo sapiens
The Wikimedia Atlas of Prehistory
Prehistory images - History images

This image is a part of the Educational Media Awareness Campaign, raising awareness among educators about the availability and usage of millions of free internet media in education.
To-do list for History

The following list is organized by Department and Project.

All Departments

With the new Browse system in place at Wikiversity, categorization is important. If you have some spare time, consider adding and organizing categories for School of History projects.

General learning project


I have started using timelines. Please see Tudor Origins of the British Empire/Timeline. Perhaps the format can be improved. But if we have a shared format, then specific facts can easily be copied from different timelines. i.e. Crown of Ireland Act 1542 could be included in a timeline for Ireland. I have created a space to put links for timelines here.

Departmental Task pages

The format is "pagename/Tasks". It would be helpful if each department had its own task page, as below.

European History

History of Ireland through Song

  • We currently need contributors to improve our outline of Irish History. If you think you can do this, or can help, go ahead and get started or post on the project talk page.
  • We're trying to develop a comprehensive list of songs (preferably in English or Irish Gaelic) that deal with aspects of Irish History. If you know of any songs that talk about something that happened in Ireland's past, go ahead and add it to our list.

Courses to be revitalised

These are courses which have been shelved:

Requested Courses/Projects

These are topics that have been requested and are considered high priority for the Department. Please start or expand these projects if you are familiar with the topic area!

  • Britain
  1. Great Britain - 15th Century
  2. Great Britain - 16th Century
  3. Great Britain - 20th Century
  4. History Of Farming In Great Britain
  5. History of Wales
  6. History Of Scotland
  7. History of Northern Ireland
  8. History of England
  • European History (General)
  1. Ancient Europe (see also the School of Classics)
  2. The Absolute Monarchies
  3. The Second World War
  4. European Union
  • France
  1. History of France
  2. French Revolution
  3. Important French People
  • Greece
  1. Magna Graecia (Greater Greece)
  • Ireland
  1. History of Ireland (See the History of Ireland through Song)
  2. History of Northern Ireland
  3. History of Irish Folklore
  • Italy
  1. History of Italy
  2. Italy In The World Wars
  3. Military History of Italy
  4. War of The League of Cognac
  5. Magna Graecia (Greater Greece)
  • Russia & the Soviet Union (USSR)
  1. History of Russia
  2. History of the USSR
  • Netherlands
  1. Amsterdam's Colonial Trade in the 17th Century

Chinese History


  1. Introduction to Historiography is in the works! Feel free to stop by and develop the course.

North American History

Current Task List

Military History

Introduction to Military History

  • Needs to be deleted and started in earnest; as soon as a course template is available, these tasks will be greatly simplified. William Hamblin 16:00, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

War of the Rebellion

  • Found this article that was written in broken English and still called "US Civil War." I found it adorable that the first author thought the US Civil War led to the Revolutionary War, still probably the single most compelling reason for the military history department's existence IMHO. William Hamblin 16:00, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

World War I

  • I found this one well planned and partly filled, but it needs an extensive amount of work. William Hamblin 16:00, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

World War II

  • I still haven't looked this over well, planning on getting to it 3rd or 4th. William Hamblin 16:00, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

Vietnam War

Additional Contributors Desperately Welcome!

  • Feel free to contribute any military history you might possess in the continued growth (and hopefully near future teaching viability) of one of the few military history departments left in the world... William Hamblin 16:00, 15 May 2010 (UTC)
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Guide to History
The following is a dynamic listing of all the pages categorised into this portal. To restructure or extend this list, you will need to edit the category system itself. Where are the use instructions for this template?
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Create a new History page

Enter the title of your new page into the box below and click the button. This will create a new page for you and start off the page with some boilerplate.

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