10 cool sites for those who are interested in history

1. “Project 1917”

A social network straight from revolution-ridden Petrograd.

The creators of the site collected real texts and photographs from letters, diaries, memoirs and archives and created a unique project – now you can imagine what the Russian Internet would have looked like in 1917. More precisely, from November 14, 1916 to January 18, 1918.

There is an analogue of Facebook * or Twitter – an endless feed of posts by politicians, writers, artists and other heroes of that time. Chaliapin talks about his concerts, Dzerzhinsky uploads photos from work, Pasternak publishes poems on the topic of the day. Newspapers and TV channels are broadcasting live from the scene: the Bolsheviks have captured the Winter Palace, all members of the Provisional Government have been arrested! There are also games . For example, Tinder, where would you be without it – choose between Lilya Brik and Rosa Luxembourg, between Nicholas II and Leon Trotsky. In general, you can get stuck in the local version of the network for a long time.

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2. 1968 digital

Historical series for mobile phones.

Another documentary social network. True, this time it is not so interactive – the project is made in the format of short films adapted for smartphones. The narrator describes the events of the era while the viewer explores the posts and stories of the characters on Instagram* and Facebook*.

The era chosen is appropriate: protests around the world, the struggle for the rights of blacks, the Vietnam War, rock and roll, new fashion, the sexual revolution and the first terrorist attacks. Yes, and the corresponding characters: Che Guevara and Pope Paul VI, Mohammed Ali and Andy Warhol, The Beatles and Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Charles de Gaulle and Yves Saint Laurent.

A total of 35 issues of the documentary series were released.

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3. Royal Constellations

Animated family tree of modern monarchs.

Dynastic marriage, or union between two noble families, has long been a way to gain influence, wealth and prestige. Due to endless weddings, the lines of royal houses became more and more complicated. Royal Constellations will help unravel the genealogy of the nine current European monarchies, from the British Windsors to the princes of Monaco.

The project itself resembles a constellation map. When you hover over one of the dots, the site shows all the family ties of the selected person. And if you click on one and then on another point, you will find the shortest line of kinship between two persons, if there is one.

The project clearly demonstrates how close the society of the highest nobility was. So, all modern European monarchs have common relatives who lived no earlier than 300 years ago.

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4. History of the Warsaw Uprising

Interactive museum about the performance of the Polish rebels in 1944.

Video chronicle, photographs, maps, documents, audio recordings tell the history of Warsaw from 1918 to 1989. The focus is on the failed uprising of the inhabitants of the city and the resistance movement against the Nazi troops in 1944.

You will find out what the capital of Poland was like before the war and what ruins it turned into after it. How the Nazis exterminated the Jews. As an Olympic champion, Janusz Kusocinski, nicknamed Kusyi, became a member of the Resistance movement during the occupation. And also how the rebels themselves created flamethrowers, grenades, mines and even armored cars.

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5. A global guide to the first world war – interactive documentary

Documentary film about the First World War with interactive inserts.

The Guardian, together with the British Academy and historians from 10 countries, has created a short guide to the First World War: why it started, what it was like, how it ended. The authors used newspaper articles of that time, eyewitness accounts, video chronicles and created interactive maps – everything to immerse the viewer in the atmosphere of the era.

You will see British soldiers traversing the Mesopotamian sands on camels, Indian cavalrymen and members of Italian mountain units fighting in the Alps. The project will take you through the trenches and numerous fronts of the First World War and show all the chaos and horror of the massacre. Peaceful episodes of pre-war life are replaced by shelling, endless advances and withdrawals, chemical attacks and mass graves.

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6.Histography

Map of events from the Big Bang to 2015 with sound, animation and cool visuals.

Histography is attempting an ambitious goal: to tell the story of the universe from the Big Bang to 2015. And he does it in a very stylish way. The site is a timeline on which event points are placed. When you click on one of them, you get a summary and a link to the corresponding Wikipedia article. And animation and sound make the process even more interesting.

You can set a specific time period and select a separate category: politics, wars, literature, buildings, women’s rights, or something else. If you move the cursor over some part of the timeline and start turning the mouse wheel, you can increase or decrease the considered period of time. Try to tune it as wide as possible to understand how short the history of mankind really is by the standards of the universe .

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7. Arzamas

Articles, games, podcasts and courses from leading Russian scientists.

Do you want to know how the art of war developed in Russia? Or how the piracy economy worked? Or maybe you are wondering how ordinary Parisians lived during the years of revolutions and upheavals? Then you are on Arzamas. There is a huge number of courses, the authors of which are scientists from leading Russian universities. For example, the European University in St. Petersburg or the Higher School of Economics.

In addition to interesting articles and lectures, there are cool games, tests and infographics. For example, on the site you can find out how the inhabitants of ancient Novgorod had fun, compare how the history of the West, East and Russia developed, or try to survive all the French revolutions. At the same time, the subject of Arzamas is not limited to history: there are also articles and courses on art, literature, anthropology, philosophy, and economics.

Many materials are available only by subscription, but if you are interested in the humanities, then spending will not be in vain.

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8 Artifact

Guide to museums in Russia.

On the portal you can find interesting exhibitions, as well as find out which museums are worth visiting during a trip to another city. Artefact also allows you to view and study in detail some of the collections directly on the site. The choice of topics is solid: even sophisticated lovers of history and art will find something new and interesting. For example, there are virtual versions of the exhibition about wedding traditions in Russia and the museum of the 112th Bashkir Cavalry Division.

Each exhibit has a detailed description and a high quality photograph. And the site, like a guide, offers to pay attention to the individual details of the items presented. Click on the highlighted area and find out how, for example, they wrote on birch bark. Or that a World War II horse gas mask weighed three kilograms.

In addition, Artefact may come in handy if you are going to visit some offline museum. The mobile application of the project works as a guide: you point the camera at a real exhibit and learn about it. For example, how the painting looked before and during restoration, or what details you should pay attention to.

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9 David Rumsey Map Collection

Huge collection of old maps in excellent quality.

David Ramsay is one of the world’s most famous map and atlas collectors. For 35 years, he managed to collect more than 150 thousand copies of various eras: from the middle of the 16th to the 21st century. Since 1996, 112 thousand exhibits have already been digitized. Now they are available in electronic form in high quality. They are also allowed to be downloaded for non-commercial use.

You can also admire wonderful interactive globes on the site. Very different – for example, an exhibit of the 17th century with a map of the starry sky.

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10. World History Encyclopedia

The trusted encyclopedia of world history.

This non-profit project, created in 2009, has today become one of the most widely read historical encyclopedias in the world.

The authors of the site create encyclopedic articles based on trusted sources, mostly academic monographs, and present the material in an accessible form. The project is praised by many educational organizations. For example, one of the universities recommended by the World History Encyclopedia is Oxford. And among the partners of the site are the archives of UNESCO.

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