This online collection of streaming video gives faculty, students, and history lovers access to more than 1,750 important, critically acclaimed documentaries from filmmakers worldwide. A rich survey of human history from the earliest civilizations to the fall of the Berlin Wall, World History in Video is truly global in scope, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. Its unparalleled geographical and chronological coverage delivers the sights, sounds, artifacts, and histories from around the world straight to your desktop.
See an overview of the database with links to guides, tutorials, and more. Visit the Libguide.
Included in World History in Video are many of the documentaries most frequently used today in university-level classes teaching world history, ancient history, Western civilization, European history, regional history, and documentary film.
Documentaries are an extremely powerful teaching and research tool. They provide the best (and only!) video coverage of eras before video technology. They incorporate a wide variety of primary sources, including archival images, artifacts, documents—and in the modern era also interviews with key participants.
Documentaries can capture longer-term perspectives and multiple perspectives, so students can make connections across cultures and over time. Because they incorporate people, places, sights, sounds, and artifacts from around the world and across the centuries, documentaries recreate events—there’s no better way to understand events from the past than by “being there” through these films.
With World History in Video, researchers and students can search the films semantically—to trace similarities and differences, cause and effect, patterns of interaction and global themes.
World History in Video is an online collection available to academic, public, and school libraries worldwide via subscription or one-time purchase of perpetual rights.