Who recommends and makes use of casahistoria
examples of the scope of the site's use and recommendations:
and colleges cite it as a valuable resource including departments
at Harvard (USA), Valencia (Spain) and inclusion in the UK Intute joint
university database of web resources.
Casahistoria is included on the resource
lists of numerous educational authorities
including Edexcel examination materials (UK), the US Library of Congress
list of recommended internet materials for teachers and the New South
Wales Education list of history resources (Australia).
resource sites across the globe,
including many completing IB
(International Baccalaureate) courses
link to pages on the casahistoria web.
Conventional media sources as
New York Times (USA), la Nacion (Argentina) and the BBC (UK)
link to it as a resource to support articles.
What casahistoria hopes to achieve
My main intention has always been to
provide a critical listing of sites that are of value to undergraduate, IB
and Advanced Level modern history courses.
I have tried to view as a selection
criteria what as a teacher I would feel would be of use to my students if
they were working on this topic. Young
casahistoria also provides a small number of core sites with an
indication of differentiation by level of difficulty. These are now amongst
the most popular pages on casahistoria.
Although there are numerous "history" sites on the web, many were and
are of dubious use. Casahistoria is designed to help history surfers to
use the web more effectively and efficiently by reducing the amount of
time spent "filtering" the valuable from less valuable. As well as a
brief comment on selection, casahistoria will often give some indication
of the usefulness of a particular site. Topics are not comprehensive,
but they do emphasize those themes most commonly studied and within each
topic my intention (wherever possible) is to provide a variety of links to
sites that not only inform, but also allow users to see divergent views and
make judgements. Only very rarely is a web site a
substitute for the written word, but if used carefully it does provide many
useful resources, especially for initial study and research.
Over time as the internet has expanded the
primary advantage of the site to users has changed a little. Initially it
was more of a "first stop" to find out the basics of a subject or topic. In
recent years this has been taken over more by an improving Wikipedia and the
value of casahistoria has been to provide a broad spread of available
resources and ideas, often from differing viewpoints that can be used
and cited by students increasingly dependant on directed studies based otherwise
solely on textbooks containing brief pre digested extracts from the work of
historians. This hopefully gives a taste of the
genuine history skills of researching and evaluating a range of items not
preselected by text or examination material.
Although edited since 2002 in Europe, one
additional aim of casahistoria and its news-site cafehistoria (shown
below), has been to
put more weight on Latin American history links, especially for those sites
appearing in English.
Equally, it has also been an intention to
provide resources and documentary materials for history students in the
developing world especially, who might not have immediate or easy access to
written texts (although the web can never replace those textual
On a practical level, the current site design shows
well enough on mobile devices and smart phone devices for it to be used by
students working away from their desk or laptop
Set up six years ago, this
blog draws attention to items in the news of general historical interest or
that have a connection with some area of the casahistoria web. Sources for
items and images are acknowledged to allow for further follow up. It is also
the place where news of changes to the site are published as well as reviews
of history books read by the editor. These reviews then appear on the
Help and support
I would like to thank those students and
teachers who have written to me with words of encouragement and support (or
for some assistance with an aspect of researching links).
It is good to hear
how casahistoria is being used in schools and colleges worldwide and how it
is being of help to you. With over 100 pages the site has probably reached it's maximum to
enable maintenance and updating to be done within a reasonable time frame -
any future additional pages topics will most likely be at the expense of an
existing one.... So any help with identifying useful new sites,
dead links/gaps and so on is most welcome!
Equally, if you have comments in general
on the site, or would like to see a new section, let me know at
Happy history surfing!
casahistoria is recommended by:
Channel 4 TV, UK
Birmingham GRID for Learning,
Argentina's national paper
Blue Ribbon HOT site,
||SovLit, Harvard Univ,