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Internet History Sourcebooks Project

Editor: Paul Halsall


Welcome to The Internet History Sourcebooks Project, a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use. Primary sources are available here mainly for use in high-school and university/college courses. From the outset the site took a very broad view of the sources that should be available to students and as well as documents long associated with a "western civilization" approach to history also provides much information on Byzantine, Islamic, Jewish, Indian, East Asian, and African history. You will also find many documents especially relevant to women's history and LGBT studies.

Search engines such as Google now deliver many users directly to relevant documents, but the various Index pages are the key to the best use of this site. You can access the major divisions of the site from the subject indexes at the top of each page. Within each major division the left panel on each page directs you to more focused indexes. Any given document may be listed in several indexes.

The IHSP is both very large and fairly old in Internet terms. At the time it was begun (1996), it was not clear that web sites and the documents made available there would often turn out to be ephemeral. The index pages therefore contained links to the thousands of documents available at this Fordham University website alongside links to documents at other websites. As a result of a process called "link rot" (where a broken link results from someone having taken down a web page) this means some links no longer worked. An effort has been made to repair or remove bad links. If you come across one, though, you will often be able to find archived versions of such documents by using the Wayback Machine [].

This site at Fordham can now be searched via the Search box at the top of each page.

I am always happy to hear from people who wish to submit copy permitted texts to the various sites below.

    Course Web Sites by Paul Halsall

    Various course websites which reflect the use of IHSP documents.

The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is located at the History Department of  Fordham University, New York. The Internet Medieval Sourcebook, and other medieval components of the project, are located at the Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies.The IHSP recognizes the contribution of Fordham University, the Fordham University History Department, and the Fordham Center for Medieval Studies in providing web space and server support for the project. The IHSP is a project independent of Fordham University.  Although the IHSP seeks to follow all applicable copyright law, Fordham University is not the institutional owner, and is not liable as the result of any legal action.

© Site Concept and Design: Paul Halsall created 26 Jan 1996: latest revision 12 July 2024 [CV]