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World History

Click the tabs below to see resources and tips for researching world history.

Research Tips

Guide Notes:
World history is one of the broadest subjects of study. Due to the nature of the field, subject keywords are not necessarily useful outside of the specific event, region, or theme that is being researched along with the search term "history" and/or the time frame you are interested in. If you need assistance finding appropriate resources or clarifying your search, please contact us at refdesk@wnc.edu.

Sub-Fields:

  • Geographic Fields: African History, Atlantic World History, British History, European History, East Asian History, etc.
  • Thematic Fields: Social History, History of Medicine, History of Religion, History of Genocide, History of Law, etc.
  • Event Fields: WWI, WWII, The French Revolution, The Cold War, etc.

LoC Classifications:

  • CB - History of Civilization
  • D - History - General
  • D51-95 - Ancient History
  • D101-203 - Medieval History
  • D204-849 - Modern History
  • D501-680 - World War I
  • D731-838 - World War II
  • D901-1075 - Europe - General History
  • DA - Great Britain
  • DAW - Central Europe
  • DB - Austria, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Czechoslovakia
  • DC - France, Andorra, Monaco
  • DD - Germany
  • DE - Greco-Roman World
  • DF - Greece
  • DG - Italy, Malta
  • DH - Low Countries, Benelux Countries
  • DJ - Netherlands (Holland)
  • DJK - Eastern Europe (General)
  • DK - Russia, Soviet Union, Former Soviet Republics, Poland
  • DL - Northern Europe, Scandanavia
  • DP - Spain, Portugal
  • DQ - Switzerland
  • DR - Balkan Peninsula
  • DS - Asia
  • DT - Africa
  • DU - Oceania (South Seas)
  • DX - Romanies
  • F1001-1145.2 - British America (including Canada)
  • F1170 - French America
  • F1201-3799 - Latin America, Spanish America

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Professional Associations

World History Association
The World History Association (WHA) is a professional association of scholars, teachers, and students organized to promote world history by encouraging teaching, research, publications, and personal interactions. It was founded in 1982 by a group of university faculty and secondary-school teachers determined to address the needs of a newly emerging historical sub-discipline.

National Council for History Education
The National Council for History Education provides professional and intellectual leadership to foster an engaged community committed to the teaching, learning, and appreciation of diverse histories. Through historical inquiry, NCHE empowers learners to research and interpret the past.