World Cultures

Links To Cultures Around The World

Favourite Sites

Below is a brief list of some of my own favourite related links.

Indigenous Cultures Sites

http://www.nativeweb.org/

NativeWeb is an international, nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to using telecommunications including computer technology and the Internet to disseminate information from and about indigenous nations, peoples, and organizations around the world; to foster communication between native and non-native peoples; to conduct research involving indigenous peoples' usage of technology and the Internet; and to provide resources, mentoring, and services to facilitate indigenous peoples' use of this technology.

 

http://www1.lanic.utexas.edu/la/region/indigenous/

Links to Indigenous groups in the America’s.

 

http://www.tolatsga.org/Compacts.html

These Compact Histories are presented here to provide information to those interested in learning more about the First Nations. Lee Sultzman has authored all of the Histories.

 

http://www.americanpentimento.com/Tribes.htm

Information on Native Americans and First Nation Peoples.

 

http://www.wildapache.net/NativeAmericanSite/

Native American portal.

 

http://www.minority2000.net/

Minorities in Europe.

 

http://www.kulanu.org/

Kulanu is an organization which reflects the community of interests of individuals of varied backgrounds and religious practices dedicated to finding and assisting lost and dispersed remnants of the Jewish people.

 

http://www.jewishlink.net/community.html

Jewish community links page.

 

http://www.exchangehouse.ie/links.htm

Traveller and Roma/Gypsy links.

 

http://www.eki.ee/books/redbook/introduction.shtml

The changing times are also reflected in the title of the book. What was begun as a description of the peoples living in the Soviet empire has become an overview of nationalities who have — throughout centuries — been living in the Russian empire, the Soviet period being but one period in the history of Russian expansion.

 

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/mideast/index.html

A massive collection on Middle Eastern & Jewish studies.

 

http://www.cwis.org/wwwvl/indig-vl.html

The World Wide Web Virtual Library: INDIGENOUS STUDIES

 

http://www.global12project.com/upg.htm

In 1995, Bethany World Prayer Center accepted the challenge of producing prayer profiles on the Unreached. Each profile contains a photo, map, and information about the lifestyles, customs, and beliefs of the people.

 

http://www.americanindian.net/

This site archives thousands of historical events which happened to or affected the indigenous peoples of North America. It also has Tribal name meanings and alternative names, Indian "moon" names and links to thousands of other sites.

Diaspora Cultures Sites

http://www.euroamericans.net/

EuroAmericans.net is a starting point for Americans to explore their European heritage. This site highlights the European immigrant experience.  What makes the United States unique is that almost all of our citizens are immigrants, or the descendents of immigrants.  By highlighting the contributions of European immigrants to our country, visitors should come away with an enlightened perspective on immigration, including those arriving in America today, often representing Asian and Latin American countries.

 

http://www.uiowa.edu/~commstud/resources/bordercrossings/diaspora.html

Links to Diaspora sites.

 

http://www.searcheurope.com/search/Society_And_Culture/Ethnic/index.shtml

Links to hundreds of Diaspora groups (especially Russian).

State's / Nation's Sites

http://unpo.org/

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is a democratic, international membership organization. Its members are indigenous peoples, occupied nations, minorities and independent states or territories who have joined together to protect their human and cultural rights, preserve their environments, and to find non-violent solutions to conflicts which affect them. UNPO provides a legitimate and established international forum for member aspirations and assists its members in effective participation at an international level.

 

http://www.buckyogi.com/footnotes/

This work provides an overview of ephemeral states, micronations, secessionist states, and every other kind of country you never heard of in high school. From Maryland in Africa to the Republic of West Florida to the Centro-Caspian Dictatorship.

 

http://www.angelfire.com/nv/micronations/index.html

This website has been established as a collection of links to active websites concerning micronation, new country, new nation and homeland projects, as well as governments-in-exile, seditionist / independence movements and tribal sovereignty.

Anthropology & Ethnographic Sites

http://faculty.plattsburgh.edu/richard.robbins/legacy/anth_on_www.htm

A Guide to Internet Resources in Anthropology.

 

http://www.sosig.ac.uk/roads/subject-listing/World-cat/ethnostud.html

A massive and in depth links site.

 

http://www.geocities.com/virtualresearch/worldcultures.html

A great list of links to World cultures.

Migration Sites

http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/history/migration/

The aim of this website is to help reseachers and students who want to study European migration movements by providing them with a kind of framework and with documents and information about sources on migration.

 

http://migration.ucdavis.edu/

Migration Dialogue provides timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues through five major activities: the newsletters Migration News and Rural Migration News, Changing Face and other Research & Seminars, and the CEME project.

Language Sites

http://www.ethnologue.com/

Ethnologue.com is a place where you can conveniently find many resources to help you with your research of the world's languages. Ethnologue.com is owned by SIL International, a service organization that works with people who speak the world’s lesser-known languages.

 

http://www.elite.net/~runner/jennifers/

At this site you can learn how to say several words and phrases in hundreds of different languages.

The goal is to include every language, so that people will be able to say at least a few words to anyone they meet, anywhere in the world. Also links to Dictionaries, Grammars and additional Internet Language Resources at other sites.

 

http://www.yourdictionary.com/languages.html

There are 6,800 known languages spoken in the 200 countries of the world. 2,261 have writing systems (the others are only spoken) and about 300 are represented by on-line dictionaries as of May 11, 2004.

 

http://www.ilovelanguages.com/

iLoveLanguages is a comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources. The more than 2000 links at iLoveLanguages have been hand-reviewed to bring you the best language links the Web has to offer.

 

http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/saoghal/mion-chanain/en/

European minority languages.

Historical Sites

http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/index.html

Documents to support the study of world history from a working-class and non-Eurocentric perspective.

 

http://historicaltextarchive.com/

The HTA publishes high quality articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links, screened for content, for a broad range of historical subjects.

 

http://www.fsmitha.com/index.html

A large list of articles about many periods of History. Also has an extensive list of historical maps.

 

http://hnn.us/

Among the many duties they assume are these: To expose politicians who misrepresent history. To point out bogus analogies. To deflate beguiling myths. To remind Americans of the irony of history. To put events in context. To remind us all of the complexity of history. Because they believe history is complicated their pages are open to people of all political persuasions. Left, right, center: all are welcome.

 

http://vlib.iue.it/history/index.html

An enormous website with thousands of links to all aspects of historical studies from around the World.

 

http://www.worldhistory.com/

They gather up historical records and organize them into topical timelines that are easy to search or browse.

Religion Sites

http://mb-soft.com/believe/indexa.html

BELIEVE is a collection of over 2,000 articles by respected scholars on around 1,000 religious subjects. Many of the subject presentations start with a General level presentation of the subject, which is often followed by a very comprehensive advanced presentation for student and Ministry research. Actual Scripture from the Bible are generally not included, but many thousands of Scriptural references are included, as are extensive bibliographies (for most of the articles) for even further study.

 

http://www.teacheroz.com/religions.htm

Links to websites about Religion around the World.

 

http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/

On this extensive Web site you will find detailed profiles of more than two hundred different religious groups and movements. Some of them may be very familiar to you, others not. In addition, there are other valuable resources, including information on "cult" controversies, essays by respected scholars, and teaching resources on which interested visitors are invited to draw.

 

http://www.adherents.com/index.html

Adherents.com is a growing collection of over 41,000 adherent statistics and religious geography citations -- references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc.

 

http://www.meta-religion.com/World_Religions/world_religions.htm

Metareligion seeks to promote a multidisciplinary view of the religious, spiritual and esoteric phenomena.

Mythology Sites

http://home.comcast.net/~chris.s/myth.html

Aside from the General section, these links are organized by region and language group, with those groups which produced written accounts of their myths and legends earlier, generally appearing closer to the beginning.

 

http://www.pibburns.com/mythregi.htm

Here you will find links to information about folklore and mythology topics broken down by cultural and geographical region.

 

http://www.mythsearch.com/

MythSearch.com is a site dedicated to making your search for myths, legends, folklore, and religions both past and present easier and more enjoyable. From the stories of the Greek Gods to the mysterious religion of the Celts, this site tries to give a fair and unbiased listing of sites.

Analysis of National Identity Sites

http://web.inter.nl.net/users/Paul.Treanor/plana.html

So far, no completely new theory of nationalism has emerged - but it was never as far removed from imperialism, intervention, and conquest, as suggested by mainstream theory. Nationalism is, paradoxically, the greatest of the transnational movements. Its ideal world order consists of: permanent states, formed by trans-generational communities, jointly holding all inhabitable territory.

 

http://www.nationalismproject.org/

The site contains an extensive collection of materials related to the study of nationalism including: essays, articles, dissertations, book abstracts and reviews, subject bibliographies, a bibliography of over 2,000 journal articles, and links to nationalism-related resources.

 

http://www.ethnopolitics.org/

Examining current issues related to ethnopolitics and self-determination from a political science and international relations perspective, encouraging dialogue among academics and practitioners

 

http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/nat-nationalism.htm

Nationalism is the central issue of the modern world. Since the demise of the Soviet Union there has been a proliferation of nationalist and ethnic conflicts. The consequent explosion of interest in ethnicity and nationalism has created an urgent need for systematic study in this field. Nations and Nationalism aims to satisfy this need.

Country Studies Sites

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html

This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army. Because the original intent of the Series' sponsor was to focus primarily on lesser known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed, the series is not all-inclusive. At present, 101 countries and regions are covered.

 

http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/portals.html

Links to electronic resources from around the World.

 

http://www.atlapedia.com/online/country_index.htm

Atlapedia Online contains full colour physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.

 

http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/

The World Factbook 2004 printed version provides a "snapshot" of the world as of 1 January, 2004.

 

http://www.admi.net/world/

Links to information about each State.

 

http://www.state.gov/countries/

A massive amount of information about every State.

 

http://www.countryreports.org/

Country information from around the world. Over 23,000 pages on over 260 countries.

Political Resoure Sites

http://www.politicalresources.net/

Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world.

 

http://www.angelfire.com/mac/egmatthews/worldinfo/index.html

There is an entry for each sovereign and potentially sovereign territory in the world. There are also entries for regions and for general world problems and wars. All these are linked together. Countries which are involved in wars, or threaten to become involved, have a button which will link them to the Wars site.

 

http://www.africaintelligence.com/p_index.asp

Africa Intelligence is more than just a website. It is the first information system dedicated exclusively to Africa. Our extensive database withover 80,000 articles is specifically designed to provide the best service to you, the reader. To this end, they have created seven geographic and thematic portals within the overall Africa Intelligence portal.

 

http://www.politics1.com/index.htm

Founded in 1997, Politics1 is published as a non-partisan public service to promote fully informed decision-making by the American electorate. A great website to help understand American politics in all its complexities.

 

http://www.globalissues.org/

This web site looks into global issues that affect everyone and aims to show how most issues are inter-related. Over 5000 links to external articles, web sites reports and analysis are used to provide credence to the arguments made on this web site. The issue categories range from trade, poverty and globalization, to human rights, geopolitics and the environment.

 

http://www.electionworld.org/

Details on Election from around the World.

Maps & Historical Atlas Sites

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/index.html

A massive collection of maps, including political, historical, thematic and current interest.

 

http://www.maps.ethz.ch/

Maps, spacial data and GIS on the Internet - and how to find them. Links to catalogues of map holdings, map collections and map archives, map curatorship and map history, map institutions, map events and many others.

 

http://users.erols.com/mwhite28/index.htm

An amazing website that can also come under the Political, Conflict, Historical, Cultural and Religious headings. It includes a massive amount of information, especially The Historical Atlas of the 20th Century.

 

http://www.euratlas.com/summary.htm

An atlas depicting in 21 Maps the States of Europe at the end of each century from AD 1 to AD 2000.

 

http://www.terra.es/personal7/jqvaraderey/index.htm  &

http://personal.redestb.es/naoero1968/

The purpose of this site is to illustrate the concept of the political boundary with a comprehensive selection of political and historical maps from 1789 (and, occasionally, from earlier dates) to the present day. The maps are clearly organized by region and dates. Most of them are in Spanish but this should not pose an obstacle to those used to reading maps.

Flag Sites

http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~dploy/stateless/index.html

Flags of Stateless Nations.

 

http://atlasgeo.span.ch/fotw/flags/index.html &

http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/ &

http://flagspot.net/flags/

Flags of the World (FOTW) is the Internet's largest site devoted to vexillology (the study of flags). Here you can read more than 24,000 pages about flags and view more than 45,000 images of flags.

Leaders / Royalty / Famous Peoples Sites

http://www.vitalog.com/index.shtml

The Book of Life (Vitalog) is an online database spanning history and geography, and featuring detailed information on the lives, personal traits, origins and contributions of notable individuals.

 

http://www.uq.net.au/~zzhsoszy/

Genealogy of the rulers of many countries, tribes, states etc.

 

http://www.circa-uk.demon.co.uk/pip.html

People in Power is the complete source on the political structure and leadership of all the sovereign countries of the world.

 

http://rulers.org/

This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases. Also included are the subdivisions of various countries (the links are at the bottom of the respective country entries), as well as a selection of international organizations.

 

http://www.worldstatesmen.org/

World Statesmen is an online encyclopedia of nations, colonies, international organizations and religious groups.  Country maps, chronologies, facts, flags, and multiple indexes will help you explore world history.

 

http://www.info-regenten.de/regent/regent-e/

On this site you will find all Heads of State and Chiefs of Government of the countries of the World.

 

http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Rotunda/2209/index.html

An alphabetical listing of States and Territories and their Regents in the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

http://www.royalty.nu/

A massive website on Royalty around the World.

 

http://www.who2.com/index.html

For each famous figure, Who2 gives you the hard facts you're most likely looking for: birth and death dates, famous works, notorious trivia. Then they sift the Web and pick out the four best sites for additional detail.

Human Rights & Humanitarian Sites

http://www.greekhelsinki.gr/bhr/english/index.html

Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) was founded in 1992 by members of Minority Rights Group - Greece, affiliated to Minority Rights Group - International since 1992. It has participated in and often coordinated the monitoring of Greek and Balkan media for stereotypes and hate speech. It has prepared (usually jointly with other NGOs) detailed annual reports; parallel reports to UN Treaty Bodies; and specialized reports on ill-treatment and on ethnonational, ethnolinguistic, religious and immigrant communities, in Greece, as well as on the Greek minorities in Albania and Turkey.

 

http://www.freedomhouse.org/index.htm

Freedom House, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization, is a clear voice for democracy and freedom around the world. Through a vast array of international programs and publications, Freedom House is working to advance the remarkable worldwide expansion of political and economic freedom.

 

http://www.reliefweb.int/w/rwb.nsf

ReliefWeb is a project of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

 

http://www.alertnet.org/

Reuters AlertNet is a humanitarian news network based around a popular website. It aims to keep relief professionals and the wider public up-to-date on humanitarian crises around the globe.

 

http://www.amnesty.org/

Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.

 

http://www.hrw.org/

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. They stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.

 

http://www.refugees.org/index.cfm

USCR defends the rights of all uprooted people regardless of their nationality, race, religion, ideology, or social group.

Conflict Resolution Sites

http://www.crisisweb.org/home/index.cfm

The International Crisis Group (ICG) is an independent, non-profit, multinational organisation, with over 100 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.

 

http://www.colorado.edu/conflict/index_orig.html

The original Conflict Research Consortium website is one of the oldest and largest on the Web. It still provides access to a broad range of resources found nowhere else, including hundreds of working papers.

 

http://conflict.colorado.edu/

A comprehensive gateway to the websites of the University of Colorado Conflict Research Consortium.

 

http://www.beyondintractability.org/iweb/

There are lots of things all people can do to make these conflicts more constructive. This website shows you how. 

 

http://www.cidcm.umd.edu/

CIDCM hosts several major datasets that are critical to the comparative analysis of conflict. CIDCM projects provide data on such topics as the position of minority populations in states, the status of democratic institutions, and the dynamics of international crises.

 

http://www.ipcs.org/

The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) was established in August 1996 as an independent think tank devoted to studying security issues relating to South Asia.

Conflict / War Sites

http://www.ploughshares.ca/index.html

The focus of Project Ploughshares peacebuilding work is to advance knowledge and understanding of the roots and causes of armed conflict and the policies and measures needed for a lasting and just peace, as well as to strengthen and support peacebuilding and peacemaking efforts by churches and civil society in conflict zones, currently in the Horn of Africa.

 

http://www.onwar.com/

The purpose of the Armed Conflict Events Data is to provide interested parties with a comprehensive source for all the events generally acknowledged as have had some military significance. This database therefore includes wars, civil wars, revolutions and revolts, rebellions, secessions, coups, genocides, ethnic violence and assassinations -- all of which generically described as armed conflicts here.

 

http://www.globalsecurity.org/index.html

GlobalSecurity.org is focused on innovative approaches to the emerging security challenges of the new millennium.

Genealogy Sites

http://www.cyndislist.com/index.htm

A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.

 

http://www.rootsweb.com/~websites/

RootsWeb houses tens of thousands of websites for the genealogy community.

Blog Sites

http://www.globeofblogs.com/

Links to thousands of Blogs on any subject you can conceive of.

e-Book Sites

http://www.promo.net/pg/ & http://gutenberg.net/

Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of FREE electronic books (eBooks or eTexts).

Their collection of more than 13.000 eBooks was produced by hundreds of volunteers. Most of the Project Gutenberg eBooks are older literary works that are in the public domain in the United States. All may be freely downloaded and read, and redistributed for non-commercial use.