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Course Report

370+ Free Online Courses to Learn About History

Class Central’s list of more than 370 free online courses from institutions worldwide teaching history.

Have you ever watched a historical documentary and wished it had been… longer? That you could have spent tens of hours learning about the topic instead of one? If so, a history course might be for you!

You may think that there is nothing new to be said about some subjects, such as the Renaissance or WWI. But there are reasons why many subjects are worth revisiting:

  • New documentary sources and evidence are continually turning up.
  • Our understanding of human behavior (via psychology, sociology, economics, etc.) is advancing, allowing better insights.
  • Each new contemporary context causes us to see different things in historical events and draw different lessons.

Thus, studying history is ever new. As important as computer science, finance, and big data are, history will never go out of style (we hope). Take a look through this list and get your history on!

Subjects

For your convenience, we’ve broken down the list into different subjects. Click on a subject to jump to the corresponding section:

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Free Ancient History Online Courses

Wonders of Ancient Egypt
University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
Join Dr. David Silverman, Professor of Egyptology at Penn, Curator in Charge of the Egyptian Section of the Penn Museum, and curator of the Tutankhamun exhibitions on a guided tour of the mysteries and wonders of this ancient land.
★★★★★ (5 ratings)

El Valle de los Reyes
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona) via Coursera
Este curso va dirigido a todos los amantes de la historia y arqueología, en general, y de manera particular a todos los interesados en egiptología, independientemente de su nivel de conocimiento inicial.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Organising an Empire: The Assyrian Way
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München via Coursera
Discover the mighty kingdom of Assyria, which came to be the world’s first great empire three thousand years ago. From the 9th to the 7th centuries BC, during the imperial phase of Assyria’s long history, modern day northern Iraq was the central region of a state reaching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf, and incorporating what is now Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, as well as half of Israel, and wide parts of south-eastern Turkey, and Western Iran.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Alle origini della civiltà mediterranea: archeologia della città dal Levante all’Occidente – III-I millennio a.C.
Sapienza University of Rome via Coursera
Quali sono le radici più profonde di quel mix di culture che chiamiamo ‘civiltà mediterranea’? Quali commistioni e quali scambi hanno prodotto il suo frutto più completo, ossia la città, come luogo delle comunità che plasmano il loro territorio e i loro spazi? Quali elementi formarono il sostrato condiviso di usanze, tradizioni, idee, scoperte ed innovazioni che hanno messo a confronto e mischiato popoli diversi per millenni.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization
University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
Join Dr. David Silverman, Professor of Egyptology at Penn, Curator in Charge of the Egyptian Section of the Penn Museum, and curator of the Tutankhamun exhibitions on a guided tour of the mysteries and wonders of this ancient land. He uses many original Egyptian artifacts to illustrate his lectures as he guides students as they make their own discovery of this fascinating culture.
★★★★☆ (5 ratings)

Iniciación a los jeroglíficos egipcios
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona) via Coursera
¿Te apasiona la historia y la cultura del antiguo Egipto? ¿Sientes fascinación por las lenguas y los sistemas de escritura de las civilizaciones de la Antigüedad? ¿Te atrae la idea de adentrarte en el secreto de los jeroglíficos egipcios y comprender las claves de su lectura e interpretación? ¡Si es así, este es tu curso!

L’Egitto prima e dopo i faraoni. Dalla nascita dello Stato (3000 a.C. ca.) alle prime comunità cristiane (IV secolo d.C.)
Sapienza University of Rome via Coursera
L’Egitto prima e dopo i faraoni. Dalla nascita dello Stato (3000 a.C. ca.) alle prime comunità cristiane (IV secolo d.C.)

Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World
The Open University via FutureLearn
Use literary and archaeological evidence to see how ancient Greeks and Romans approached health, well-being and societal issues.
★★★★★ (4 ratings)

Was Alexander Great? The Life, Leadership, and Legacies of History’s Greatest Warrior
Wellesley College via edX
Was Alexander Great? If so, how? If not, why not? This course explores the life, leadership, and legacies of history’s greatest warrior.
★★★★★ (6 ratings)

Antes de Noé: El diluvio en la Antigua Babilonia
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba via edX
Los documentos más antiguos sobre un diluvio universal, que casi elimina la vida de la faz de la tierra, provienen de Babilonia. En este curso, exploraremos las viejas historias del diluvio, cuyos primeros ejemplares tienen hoy unos 3700 años.

Pyramids of Giza: Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Harvard University via edX
Explore the archaeology, history, art, and hieroglyphs surrounding the famous Egyptian Pyramids at Giza. Learn about Old Kingdom pharaohs and elites, tombs, temples, the Sphinx, and how new technology is unlocking their secrets.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Roman History via YouTube

Ancient Civilizations via YouTube

Alexander the Great’s Conquests via YouTube

Alexander the Great via YouTube

Secrets of Ancient Egypt | History via YouTube

Extra History: Early Christian Schisms via YouTube

Extra History: The Bronze Age Collapse via YouTube

Extra History: Third Century Crisis via YouTube

Extra History: Cleopatra via YouTube

The Journey of Writing and Scripts in Egypt via edX

Ancient Egyptian Civilization via edX

Ancient Egypt: a history in six objects via Udemy

Unearthing the Trojan War: The Life of Heinrich Schliemann via Udemy

Extra History: The Saga of Justinian and Theodora via YouTube

Free Medieval History Online Courses

Arab-Islamic History: From Tribes to Empires
Tel Aviv University via edX
Learn about the history of the Arab and Muslim world during its first millennium, including political, social and cultural aspects.
★★★★★ (23 ratings)

Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts of Medieval Toledo (Spain)
Universidad Carlos iii de Madrid via edX
Explore the medieval city of Toledo (Spain) and assess its history of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious and cultural coexistence.
★★★★★ (12 ratings)

The History of Medieval Medicine Through Jewish Manuscripts
University of Pennsylvania via edX
Learn about medieval Jewish medical training and thought by exploring and interpreting medical manuscripts.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Deciphering Secrets: The Illuminated Manuscripts of Medieval Europe
University of Colorado System via Coursera
Perhaps no other relic of the European Middle Ages captures our imagination more than illuminated medieval manuscripts, or those documents decorated with images and colored pigments. Serving as windows unto a lost world of kings, ladies, faith, war, and culture, they communicate complex visual and textual narratives of Europe’s collective cultural heritage and patrimony.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

The Cosmopolitan Medieval Arabic World
Leiden University via Coursera
In this course we will focus on the fascinating history of the Arabic Medieval World. We will take you on a journey through the Middle Ages starting off in eighth-century Baghdad. Along the old pilgrim trails we will go to places like Mecca, Jerusalem and Najaf. We will show you the impressive markets of places like Cairo and Samarkand. However we will not hide the dark sides of society either, by introducing you to the flourishing widespread slave trade.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Enlightening the Dark Ages: Early Medieval Archaeology in Italy
University of Padova via FutureLearn
Learn what innovative methods and tools applied to the material culture of the past can tell us about the Early Middle Ages
★★★★★ (1 rating)

England in the Time of King Richard III
University of Leicester via FutureLearn
Explore 15th century England through archaeology, history and literature. Learn more about Richard III’s discovery and reburial.
★★★★☆ (13 ratings)

Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts of Medieval Burgos (Spain)
Universidad Carlos iii de Madrid via edX
Explore the medieval city of Burgos (Spain) and assess its history of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious and cultural coexistence.
★★★☆☆ (1 rating)

Magic in the Middle Ages
University of Barcelona via Coursera
Magical thought has always attracted human imagination. In this course we will introduce you to the Middle Ages through a wide conception of magic. Students will have an approach to medieval culture, beliefs and practices from the perspective of History and History of Science. Popular magic, as well as learned magic (alchemy, geomancy and necromancy) will be addressed. Moreover, we will also deal with how eastern practices and texts influenced western culture.
★★★★☆ (16 ratings)

Magna Carta
British Council via FutureLearn
Improve your English language skills while exploring the Magna Carta – the 800-year-old “great charter” that shaped the world.
★★★☆☆ (3 ratings)

Coexistence in Medieval Spain: Jews, Christians, and Muslims
University of Colorado System via Coursera
This course explores Jewish, Christian, and Muslim intercultural relations in Iberia from the Visigothic era (6th century CE) until the creation of Queen Isabel I and King Ferdinand II Catholic Spain (late 15th century). We evaluate the many identities of the peninsula known as Christian Hispania, Jewish Sefarad, and Islamic al-Andalus.
★★★☆☆ (2 ratings)

Cruzadas y Órdenes militares en el mundo medieval
Universidad de Navarra via Miríadax
Descripción del curso Gracias por tu interés. Aunque este MOOC ya se realizó, si te inscribes podrás acceder a los contenidos más importantes y a los vídeos. Sin embargo, no podrás realizar ninguna de las actividades ni te podrás certificar. Cuando esté disponible una nueva edición podrás inscribirte para que obtengas la experiencia completa de un MOOC de Miríadax. Hablaremos de las órdenes militares internacionales, del Temple y de San Juan de Jerusalén, hoy mejor conocida como la Orden de Malta, y las hispánicas, emergidas durante la Reconquista. Conoceremos las particularidades de cada una y de la mano de los expertos buscaremos respuestas a las cuestiones más interesantes que las rodean, convirtiendo misterios y leyendas, tales como el Santo Grial, en objeto de rigurosas investigaciones científicas.
★★☆☆☆ (1 rating)

Burgos: Deciphering Secrets of Medieval Spain
University of Colorado System via Coursera
This advanced course focuses on two primary goals: (1) appraising how Jews, Christians, and Muslims shaped the history of medieval Spain and (2) mastering the craft of Spanish paleography, the skill of identifying Spanish handwriting in the 11th- through 15th-century manuscripts. Through the lens of the medieval history of Burgos, we dedicate 75% percent of our efforts to developing pragmatic expertise in the interpretation of Carolingian/French/Gothic handwriting.

Magna Carta and its Legacies: Freedom and protest
University of London International Programmes via Coursera
This course examines the roles that Magna Carta has played historically as well as the importance of Magna Carta today. It aims to equip students with a critical understanding of Magna Carta and its significance around the globe. Students will find out what Magna Carta is, how it came about, and why many believe that it remains one of the most significant documents in history. We will investigate why Magna Carta was perceived as ‘radical’ in its day, why it continues to be the source of numerous debates, and why its anniversaries are celebrated widely up until the present day. Magna Carta’s most recent anniversary took place in 2015, when the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta’s sealing on the meadows of Runnymede in Surrey was celebrated.

A Voice of Their Own. Women’s Spirituality in the Middle Ages.
University of Barcelona via Coursera
Have you ever heard about medieval mysticism or medieval heresies? Have you ever wondered about the particular role women played in medieval spirituality? Do Hildegard of Bingen, Clare of Assisi, Marguerite Porete, the Cathar ladies or Isabel de Villena ring a bell? Have you ever felt like you wanted to know more about them? If your answer to any of these questions was yes, then this MOOC, A voice of their own. Women’s spirituality in the Middle ages is what you were looking for.

A l’avènement du christianisme : l’archéologie des derniers païens
University of Geneva via Coursera
Dans ce MOOC, vous explorerez une vision différenciée du rapport entre païens et chrétiens durant l’Antiquité tardive, basée essentiellement sur les témoignages archéologiques. Nous verrons ensemble que la confrontation et le conflit religieux, souvent évoqués dans les écrits de l’époque notamment par les historiens de l’église, étaient l’exception plutôt que la norme.

History of the Crusades in Chronological Order
via YouTube
A series of Real Crusades History videos arranged chronologically as the described events took place in history.

Medieval Europe
via YouTube
Study of Antiquity and the Middle Ages

In the Margins of a Medieval Jewish Prayer Book: What Can Physical Manuscripts Tell Us about History?
University of Pennsylvania via edX
This course is a case study of how a particular manuscript, a Jewish prayer book for high holidays, can provide historians with vital insights about Jewish communal life, the way a manuscript can help us map cultural change and continuity in the Middle Ages, and the history of the physical object itself. Elisabeth Hollender (Goethe University, Frankfurt) guides students through the examination of a late 13th century manuscript from Western Ashkenaz, focusing on how the manifold signs of change left in the manuscript illustrate and illuminate the history of a Jewish community in the Rhineland.

Introducción a la caligrafía y paleografía en archivos hispanos medievales y modernos
Universidad Carlos iii de Madrid via edX
Una innovadora experiencia del aprendizaje mediante la lectura y la escritura de tipos de letra histórica.

Early Muslim Expansion via YouTube

Fourth Crusade and restoration of the Eastern Roman Empire via YouTube

Medieval History via YouTube

Who Was Genghis Khan? via YouTube

Medieval History for UPSC/PCS & Other Exams (History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra + Other Sources) Detailed Explanation via YouTube

The Middle Ages / Medieval Period (5th-15th century) via YouTube

Extra History: The First Crusade via YouTube

Extra History: Suleiman the Magnificent via YouTube

Extra History: Viking Expansion via YouTube

Extra History: Ibn Battuta via YouTube

Extra History: Saladin & the 3rd Crusade via YouTube

Ottoman History via YouTube

Extra History: Khosrau Anushirawan via YouTube

Extra History: Genghis Khan via YouTube

Extra History : Majapahit via YouTube

Free Modern History Online Courses

The Modern and the Postmodern (Part 1)
Wesleyan University via Coursera
This course examines how the idea of “the modern” develops at the end of the 18th century in European philosophy and literature, and how being modern (or progressive, or hip) became one of the crucial criteria for understanding and evaluating cultural change. Are we still in modernity, or have we moved beyond the modern to the postmodern?
★★★★★ (21 ratings)

The Modern World, Part One: Global History from 1760 to 1910
University of Virginia via Coursera
This is a survey of modern history from a global perspective. Part One begins with the political and economic revolutions of the late 1700s and tracks the transformation of the world during the 1800s. Part One concludes as these bewildering changes seem to be running beyond the capacity of older institutions to handle them.
★★★★★ (25 ratings)

Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World
University of Copenhagen via Coursera
Learn what motivates the restive Muslim youth from Tunis to Tehran, what political positions Islamists from Mali to Chechnya are fighting for, where the seeming obsession with Islamic law comes from, where the secularists have vanished to, and whether it makes sense to speak of an Islamic state.
★★★★★ (11 ratings)

The Holocaust – An Introduction (I): Nazi Germany: Ideology, The Jews and the World
Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center via Coursera
The Holocaust was an inconceivable historical event, which forever robbed Western culture of its innocence. As civilized human beings, we fail to understand how events of such horror could have taken place, and how an idea so inhumanly warped could have spread like wildfire through an entire continent, instigating the systematic annihilation of millions of Jews.
★★★★★ (7 ratings)

A History of the World since 1300
Princeton University via Coursera
This course will examine the ways in which the world has grown more integrated yet more divided over the past 700 years.
★★★★★ (7 ratings)

Global History of Capitalism
Princeton University via edX
Since the global financial crisis of 2008, there has been an explosion of interest in the history of capitalism. Some narratives focus on enormous waste, environmental destruction, overpowered corporations, exploitation of workers, or outrageous inequality.
★★★★★ (5 ratings)

The Modern World, Part Two: Global History since 1910
University of Virginia via Coursera
This is a survey of modern history from a global perspective. Part Two begins early in the twentieth century, as older ways of doing things and habits of thought give way. What follows is an era of cataclysmic struggles over what ideas and institutions will take their place. The course concludes in the present day, as communities everywhere are transitioning into a new era of world history. Again we work hard to grasp what is happening and ask: Why? Again we are drawn to pivotal choices made at key moments by individuals and communities.
★★★★★ (6 ratings)

The Kennedy Half Century
University of Virginia via Coursera
When John F. Kennedy entered the presidential limousine at Love Field in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, he began his ride into history. That journey continues even today and we call it the Kennedy legacy. This course will explore the Presidency, assassination, and lasting legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Students will learn how JFK’s life, administration, and tragic death have influenced the general public, the media, and each of the nine U.S. presidents who followed.
★★★★☆ (11 ratings)

Democratic to Authoritarian Rule
University of Michigan via edX
Learn how countries have shifted from democracies to authoritarian societies.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

The History of Modern Israel – Part II: Challenges of Israel as a sovereign state
Tel Aviv University via Coursera
This course deals with the Israeli politics, economy, society and culture, since its creation in 1948 till today. It analyzes the construction of the Israeli historical narrative as an identity-building narrative, intending to inculcate a collective memory to a diverse society. We will focus on key events and essential components that shaped the Israeli society from the fifties till the present. We will also discuss the changes that the Israeli society experiences in its almost seventy years of existence and how it affects its politics and culture. Among the topics we will discuss issues such as immigration, economic transformation, political upheaval, religious Zionism and post-Zionism, privatization and Americanization, Holocaust increasing role in shaping Israel’s identity, diversity and multiculturalism, as well as the enduring conflict with the Palestinians and the Arab world.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

The History of the Book in the Early Modern Period: 1450 to 1800
Trinity College Dublin via FutureLearn
Explore the history of the book during the early modern period and learn how the invention of printing revolutionized our world.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Russian History: from Lenin to Putin
University of California, Santa Cruz via Coursera
In this course, Peter Kenez, Professor Emeritus at UC Santa Cruz, explains the events of modern Russian history and introduces its most significant actors—from Vladimir Lenin to Vladimir Putin.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Empire: the Controversies of British Imperialism
University of Exeter via FutureLearn
The British Empire continues to cause enormous disagreement among historians. Find out why and join the debate.
★★★★☆ (12 ratings)

The History of Modern Israel – Part I: From an Idea to a State
Tel Aviv University via Coursera
How did the State of Israel come to be? How is it that an idea, introduced in 19th century Europe, became a reality? And how does that reality prevail in the harsh complexities of the Middle East? Presented by Professor Eyal Naveh, with additional units from Professor Asher Sussers’ “The Emergence of the Modern Middle East” course, This course will take you on a journey through the history of Modern Israel. In this 1st part of the course we will explore: How did the 19th century idea of a Jewish state become a reality?
★★★★☆ (7 ratings)

From World War to White Heat: the RAF in the Cold War
Royal Holloway, University of London via FutureLearn
Explore the role that the Royal Air Force played in the Cold War through the collections of the RAF Museums at Hendon and Cosford.
★★★★☆ (1 rating)

The Holocaust – An Introduction (II): The Final Solution
Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center via Coursera
The Holocaust was an inconceivable historical event, which forever robbed Western culture of its innocence. As civilized human beings, we fail to understand how events of such horror could have taken place, and how an idea so inhumanly warped could have spread like wildfire through an entire continent, instigating the systematic annihilation of millions of Jews. This free online course was produced jointly by Tel Aviv University and Yad Vashem – the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. This course is the second of the two courses and covers three themes in its three weeks.
★★★★☆ (7 ratings)

Global History Lab
Princeton University via edX
Learn the span of world history from 1300 to the present.
★★★★☆ (4 ratings)

The Modern and the Postmodern (Part 2)
Wesleyan University via Coursera
This course examines how the idea of “the modern” develops at the end of the 18th century in European philosophy and literature, and how being modern (or progressive, or hip) became one of the crucial criteria for understanding and evaluating cultural change. Are we still in modernity, or have we moved beyond the modern to the postmodern?
★★★★☆ (2 ratings)

The Mediterranean, a Space of Exchange (from the Renaissance to Enlightenment)
University of Barcelona via Coursera
The course The Mediterranean, a Space of Exchange (from Renaissance to Enlightenment) aims to explain the Mediterranean, using history and the analysis of the past, as a space generated by routes and circulation. El curso El Mediterráneo, espacio de intercambios (del Renacimiento a la Ilustración) quiere explicar, desde la historia y el análisis del pasado, el Mediterráneo como un espacio generado por las rutas y las circulaciones.
★☆☆☆☆ (4 ratings)

Chosen Issues in Holocaust History
Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center via Coursera
The Holocaust – what do we know about it and what more can we learn? This course provides a broad and in-depth look at central topics relating to the history of the Holocaust. It examines the events and processes that took place during these earth-shattering years through new and thought-provoking perspectives.

L’antisémitisme : De ses origines à nos jours
Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center via Coursera
Dans ce cours, 50 éminents universitaires du monde entier examineront des questions et des problèmes liés à l’antisémitisme, notamment : qu’est-ce que l’antisémitisme ? Comment a-t-il évolué au cours de l’histoire ? Pourquoi est-il présent dans tant de cultures diverses, et même parmi des idéologies opposées ? Qu’est-il arrivé à l’antisémitisme après l’Holocauste ? Comment l’antisémitisme s’exprime-t-il aujourd’hui et quels sont les principaux domaines dans lesquels il se manifeste ?

Antisemitismo: Desde sus orígenes hasta el presente
Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center via Coursera
En este curso, 50 destacados académicos de todo el mundo explorarán preguntas y cuestiones relacionadas con el antisemitismo, incluyendo: ¿qué es el antisemitismo? ¿Cómo ha cambiado a lo largo de la historia? ¿Por qué se puede encontrar entre tantas culturas diversas, e incluso entre ideologías opuestas? ¿Qué pasó con el antisemitismo después del Holocausto? ¿Cómo se expresa el antisemitismo hoy y cuáles son los principales ámbitos en los que se puede encontrar?

Luther and the West
Northwestern University via Coursera
In this course we will discuss the history of some ideas that have been hugely influential in the modern west and that were taken out to the rest of the world. The discussion centers on an extraordinary and historically important figure, a sixteenth century German man named Martin Luther. Luther is recognized today as the originator of many of the most significant ideas that continue to affect and shape who we as modern people are and how we see the world and ourselves for better and for worse.

The Early Protestant Reformation
via Udemy
Learn about the great historical and cultural changes that ushered in the modern world.

Operation Drumbeat: The U-boat War Off America’s Coast, 1942
via Udemy
The story of Germany’s dramatic attack upon American tankers and freighters by U-boats during the Second World War

Hernando Cortes and the Aztec Civilization
via Udemy
The Amazing Story Concerning the Collision of Spanish Conquistadors Against the Aztec Empire.

International Relations 1815-1914
via Udemy
The Making of the Modern World

History NCERT Summary of Class 6th,7th,8th for CTET/UP-TET/KVS
via YouTube
In this course, you will get chapter-wise summaries of CBSE class 6, 7 and 8 History for CTET/UP-TET/KVS.

Fighting for Equality: 1950–2018
Columbia University via edX
This course begins with an examination of how the Cold War reinforced the ideals of the suburban, nuclear family and how these ideals impacted women’s trajectory towards independence and equality, and ends with the rise of the Me Too movement and a look at how the 2018 midterm election ushered in a new era of women in politics.

Negotiating a Changing World: 1920-1950
Columbia University via edX
Beginning with the passing of the 19th Amendment and on through World War II, explore the new cultural and economic opportunities that emerged for women in this period while gaining an understanding of how racial, familial, and legal structures placed constraints on that independence. Learn how women’s contributions to the war effort provided both new opportunities and new barriers.

Facing our ugly history
Ted-Ed via YouTube
A series of videos featuring various ugly incidents and policies from the history of various countries.

Remembering Empire
via iversity
This course is about the collective memory of empire. Led by researchers at the University of Stirling, Scotland, you will examine the different ways the colonial past influences the present through the specific case study of the French settlers of Algeria.

Peterloo to the Pankhursts: Radicalism and Reform in the 19th Century
Royal Holloway, University of London via FutureLearn
Discover the history of protest, parliament and citizens’ rights.

History of Slavery in the British Caribbean
University of Glasgow via FutureLearn
Explore the history and legacy of British colonial slavery and oppression in the Caribbean through historical slave accounts.

Hidden Figures: Black History
Ted-Ed via YouTube
This series of videos features particular people who have contributed to the civil rights movement in various ways, as well as overall issues.

Globalization: Past and Future
SDG Academy via edX
Is globalization a new phenomenon or a cyclical pattern throughout human history?

Photographing the Holocaust
The University of Nottingham via FutureLearn
What insights do photos offer into histories of National Socialism and the Holocaust? Are they authentic sources, or ‘fake news’?

Historia económica argentina: avatares de un sistema monetario
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba via edX
Este curso en línea tiene como propósito estudiar el funcionamiento del sistema monetario enfocando en Argentina previo a la creación del Banco Central, nos estamos refiriendo a la Primera Caja de Conversión o Currency Board en el período 1890 -1935.

Visualizing Imperialism & the Philippines, 1898-1913
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX
Remarkable political cartoons and photography at the turn of the 20th century reveal debates over US entry into global imperialism through the conquest and occupation of the Philippines. Historians tour this rich content drawn from MIT Visualizing Cultures.

Teaching the Holocaust: Innovative Approaches to the Challenges We Face
University College London via FutureLearn
Explore history, delve into pedagogical challenges revealed by research, and find practical solutions for teaching the Holocaust.

The Cold War (1945-1991) via YouTube

NCERT Class 9th History India and the Contemporary World – I All Chapters In Hindi via YouTube

NCERT Class 10th History India and the Contemporary World – II All Chapters Detailed Explanation via YouTube

Flashback | History via YouTube

History’s Greatest Mysteries | Official Series Playlist | History via YouTube

History By the Decade via YouTube

The Cold War (1945-1991) via YouTube

Interwar Period (1918 – 1939) via YouTube

The Industrial Age (19th Century) via YouTube

The Renaissance (14th – 17th century) via YouTube

Cruel Colonialism / Imperial History via YouTube

Imperial History via YouTube

Extra History: Empire of Brazil via YouTube

Extra History: Conquest of India via YouTube

Extra History: Grigori Rasputin via YouTube

Extra History: Vlad the Impaler via YouTube

Extra History: Jewish Pirates via YouTube

History of Israel Explained via YouTube

Grade 10 History Unit 3 via YouTube

Grade 10 History Unit 5 via YouTube

Grade 10 History Unit 4 via YouTube

History of Russia via YouTube

What Happened in 1965 | History Of Pakistan via YouTube

What Happened in 1971 | History Of Pakistan via YouTube

History of Pakistan In Urdu via YouTube

History of Russia via YouTube

Ukraine History via YouTube

Extra History: Zulu Empire via YouTube

Extra History: Catherine the Great via YouTube

Extra History: Ned Kelly via YouTube

Extra History: The Empire of Mali via YouTube

Extra History: Dividing the Middle East via YouTube

Extra History: The Haitian Revolution via YouTube

Free Military History Online Courses

World War 1: Trauma, Memory, Controversy
The Open University via FutureLearn
Discover the traumatic effects of war on those who survive it, from the soldiers on the front lines to the civilians at home.
★★★★★ (9 ratings)

Paradoxes of War
Princeton University via Coursera
The Paradoxes of War teaches us to understand that war is not only a normal part of human existence, but is arguably one of the most important factors in making us who we are.
★★★★☆ (12 ratings)

Religion, Conflict and Peace
Harvard University via edX
Explore the diverse and complex roles that religions play in both promoting and mitigating violence.
★★★★☆ (9 ratings)

Greeks at War: Homer at Troy
Colgate University via edX
Gain a broad-based understanding of warfare in ancient Greece through Homer’s account of the Trojan War in the Iliad.
★★★★☆ (4 ratings)

The RMS Lusitania
via Udemy
Tragedy on the Atlantic, May 7, 1915

Extra History: World War II
Extra Credits via YouTube
World War II is one of the (if not THE) most historically significant events in modern human existence, but it can be quite a complicated and challenging story to unravel.

From Waterloo to the Rhine: The British Army 1815-1945
University of Kent via FutureLearn
Examine one of the UK’s most storied institutions, and how 130 years of social, cultural and military change have shaped it.

Global Media, War, and Technology
University of Queensland via edX
Explore the intersection of information technology, violent conflict, and resistance.

Modern Warfare via YouTube

Thirty Years’ War via YouTube

Pacific War – Week by week via YouTube

Early Modern Era Battles via YouTube

Battles via YouTube

Epic History: World War One via YouTube

Epic History TV en Español via YouTube

Napoleonic Wars via YouTube

D-Day In HD | History via YouTube

Pearl Harbor: The Last Word (75th Anniversary Commemoration) | History via YouTube

Military Moments | History via YouTube

Presidents at War | History via YouTube

Battle 360 | OFFICIAL PLAYLIST | History via YouTube

History Celebrates Memorial Day via YouTube

WWII on History via YouTube

Biggest Battles of WWII via YouTube

Dogfights: Official Series Playlist | History via YouTube

OverSimplified History via YouTube

MiniWars via YouTube

World Wars via YouTube

Revolutions via YouTube

Weapons Collection via YouTube

WWII Tanks via YouTube

WWI Tanks via YouTube

WWI & WWII Behemoths via YouTube

Strange stories of World War I & II via YouTube

Factions of World War II via YouTube

Factions of World War I via YouTube

The Vietnam War (1954 – 1975) via YouTube

Elite Special Forces via YouTube

(Weapons & Armor) 4K via YouTube

Arsenal technologies via YouTube

Armor in History via YouTube

Soldiers in History, Military Technologies via YouTube

Weird Weapons in History via YouTube

War in the Pacific (WWII) via YouTube

The Gulf War (1990 – 1991) via YouTube

World War II (1939 – 1945) via YouTube

Extra History: Rome – The Punic Wars via YouTube

Extra History: The First Opium War via YouTube

Extra History: World War I via YouTube

Extra History: The Battle of Kursk via YouTube

Extra History: Hunting the Bismarck via YouTube

Extra History: The Great Northern War via YouTube

Extra History: Siege of Vienna via YouTube

Extra History: The Thirty Years’ War via YouTube

Extra History: Japanese Militarism via YouTube

Free Ancient Greek History Online Courses

The Ancient Greeks
Wesleyan University via Coursera
This is a survey of ancient Greek history from the Bronze Age to the death of Socrates in 399 BCE. Along with studying the most important events and personalities, we will consider broader issues such as political and cultural values and methods of historical interpretation.
★★★★★ (30 ratings)

Introduction to Ancient Greek History
Yale University via YouTube
This is an introductory course in Greek history tracing the development of Greek civilization as manifested in political, intellectual, and creative achievements from the Bronze Age to the end of the classical period.
★★★★★ (3 ratings)

Free Roman History Online Courses

Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City
University of Reading via FutureLearn
Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.
★★★★★ (33 ratings)

Arch of Titus: Rome and the Menorah
Yeshiva University via Coursera
The Arch of Titus: Rome and the Menorah explores one of the most significant Roman monuments to survive from antiquity, from the perspectives of Roman, Jewish and later Christian history and art. The Arch of Titus commemorates the destruction of Jerusalem by the emperor Titus in 70 CE, an event of pivotal importance for the history of the Roman Empire, of Judaism, of Christianity and of modern nationalism.
★★★★★ (3 ratings)

Caesar, Gallic Wars and the Civil War via YouTube

Julius Caesar via YouTube

Roman History via YouTube

Ancient Rome (753 BC–476 AD) via YouTube

Extra History: The Brothers Gracchi via YouTube

Free Chinese History Online Courses

Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data Analytic Approach, Part 1
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera
The purpose of this course is to summarize new directions in Chinese history and social science produced by the creation and analysis of big historical datasets based on newly opened Chinese archival holdings, and to organize this knowledge in a framework that encourages learning about China in comparative perspective.
★★★★★ (12 ratings)

史記 (Shi Ji)
National Taiwan University via Coursera
人文學,其特色在於「慢熱」,需要耐心細嚐、咀嚼古聖先賢的智慧結晶與其文字背後所隱含的真正意義。史記系列課程將透過對《史記》一書的導讀,引領同學們探究史學之「真」與「善」。 不管你是對中華文化感興趣者、想更深入了解傳統史學者、喜歡論理分析者、或是久仰太史公司馬遷之名之愛好者,這門課一定會讓你收穫良多。因為《史記》不僅記載了無數精彩非凡的歷史人事,更貫串了在它之前的多數古代典籍,可說是集中國上古文明精粹於一書。更重要的是,這門課程中將引導大家如何讀《史記》,進而學會如何讀中國史書、如何讀中國書。 這是一場史學的思辨之旅,希望各位同學千萬不要錯過!
★★★★★ (4 ratings)

Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data Analytic Approach, Part 2
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera
The purpose of this course is to summarize new directions in Chinese history and social science produced by the creation and analysis of big historical datasets based on newly opened Chinese archival holdings, and to organize this knowledge in a framework that encourages learning about China in comparative perspective.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Chinese Culture and Contemporary China
Nanjing University via Coursera
This course of Chinese Culture and Contemporary China will explore the foundations of Chinese civilization and the dimensions of Chinese culture. It will pay particular attention to the relationship between Chinese culture and the present-day life of the Chinese people and to the different elements of the culture which are under the present social structures, belief systems, literature, arts, customs, etc.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Chinese History From Warring States to the Tang Dynasty | 资治通鉴
Tsinghua University via edX
Guides you through the Chinese masterpiece _Zizhi Tongjian, _an unprecedented work of governance and philosophical thinking spanning from the Warring States Period to the Tang Dynasty. 中国史学名著《资治通鉴》蕴含丰富的治国理政经验和社会人生哲理。通过老师导读,同学们可深入这一经典文本内部,得以纵览千年历史,提升国学素养。
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Intellectual Change in Early China: Warring States and Han
The Chinese University of Hong Kong via Coursera
This sequence of four courses will propose a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Chinese cultural history conceived of as a succession of modes of rationality (philosophical, bureaucratic, and economic). The focus will be on the moments of paradigm shift from one mode of rationality to another. For each of these moments, cultural facts and artifacts—thought, literature, ritual—will be examined in relationship to changing social, political, and economic systems.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Jewish Diaspora in Modern China
Nanjing University via Coursera
Jewish Diaspora in China is a unique experience for world Jewry, as China is the only country in Far East that has had Jews living in its society for over 1,000 years. Documentary evidence shows that Jews started to live in China no later than the Tang Dynasty (618–907).
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

中國古代歷史與人物:秦始皇(Qin Shi Huang)
National Taiwan University via Coursera
在近代以前,歷史學是培養各種領袖與人才的必備教育,因為它能夠使人對過去「稽其興壞成敗之理」(《史記‧太史公自序》)。「中國古代歷史與人物」這門課程希望回到歷史學的原點,藉由具體的事例,來探索「讀歷史到底有什麼用?」。 從東周到秦漢是中國歷史上承先啟後的鉅變時期,更是一個英雄輩出、波瀾壯闊的大時代。而秦始皇正是主導這個時代,且令後世爭議不絕的歷史關鍵人物之一。本課程將利用現代歷史學的各種取徑,以原典史料為中心,結合考古成果、古代文物等,對歷史人物進行多角度的剖析,探索秦始皇及其統治集團成功和失敗的祕密究竟何在,並希望使同學藉此明瞭歷史學的功用與價值。
★★★★☆ (3 ratings)

中国古代史(大学先修课) | Ancient History of China
Peking University via edX
本课以中国古代政治史、制度史演变的大势为主要线索,使同学对中国古代史的发展有一个比较清晰的框架,并希望增强同学们对中国古代史的兴趣并引发同学们的思考。

China’s Political and Intellectual Foundations: From Sage Kings to Confucius
Harvard University via edX
Learn about China’s origins, its integral early thinkers, and competing states and schools of thought.

China’s Ancient Ritual Civilization | 中国古代礼义文明
Tsinghua University via edX
Learn about China’s ancient ritual civilization and cultural traditions. 中国是传承千年的礼仪之邦,中国文化的核心是礼。本课程讲通过大量的文献材料,深入浅出地讲授中国古代礼仪文明的基本框架。

中日文化交流史
Peking University via Coursera
追溯日本文明发展的历史,阐明日本人独特的思考模式,解析日本独特的审美意识。本课程讲授公元前3世纪至清末的中日文化交流的历史。以文化艺术的交流为主线,以实地考察为背景展示了中日两国丰富灿烂的交流史实。通过中日双方在吸收对方文化过程中所表现出来的不同的受容方式剖析了中日文化之不同特性,可以帮助受课者准确地把握日本文化的内质,并启发其对自我民族历史文化之思考。生动的图片,倾心的讲授,可以让学习者在轻松愉快的氛围中完成六章的学习和有趣的试题,以期丰富学习者的人文积淀。

Chinese History via YouTube

History of China via YouTube

Extra History : Sun Yat-sen via YouTube

Free Japanese History Online Courses

Visualizing Japan (1850s-1930s): Westernization, Protest, Modernity
Harvard University via edX
A MITx/HarvardX collaboration, this course explores Japan’s transition into the modern world through the historical visual record.
★★★★★ (10 ratings)

Visualizing Postwar Tokyo, Part 1
The University of Tokyo via edX
Analyze the history of change and development in postwar Tokyo from different perspectives using archived photographs, films, and TV programs.
★★★★☆ (2 ratings)

Visualizing Postwar Tokyo, Part 2
The University of Tokyo via edX
Identify the technologies and people historically involved in the practice of “visualizing postwar Tokyo.”
★★★★☆ (2 ratings)

Modern Japanese Architecture Part 1: From Meiji Restoration to the Pacific War
Tokyo Institute of Technology via edX
Explore key elements of modern Japanese architecture and related history with a focus on its Westernization covering the period from 1868 to 1945.

古書から読み解く日本の文化: 和本を彩る和紙の世界
Keio University via FutureLearn
貴重書に使用されている和紙を通じて装飾、デザイン、歴史を学ぶ

Visualizing the Birth of Modern Tokyo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX
See Tokyo’s modernization through the “100 views” tradition, from the gas-lit 1870s to the jazz era 1930s. From MIT Visualizing Cultures, with the Smithsonian Institution.

Tokyo Hillside, Tokyo Riverside: Exploring the Historical City
The University of Tokyo via edX
Learn about the rich history and social development of Tokyo as we explore the cultural heritage of the city’s northeastern neighborhoods.

中日文化交流史
Peking University via Coursera
追溯日本文明发展的历史,阐明日本人独特的思考模式,解析日本独特的审美意识。本课程讲授公元前3世纪至清末的中日文化交流的历史。以文化艺术的交流为主线,以实地考察为背景展示了中日两国丰富灿烂的交流史实。通过中日双方在吸收对方文化过程中所表现出来的不同的受容方式剖析了中日文化之不同特性,可以帮助受课者准确地把握日本文化的内质,并启发其对自我民族历史文化之思考。生动的图片,倾心的讲授,可以让学习者在轻松愉快的氛围中完成六章的学习和有趣的试题,以期丰富学习者的人文积淀。

History of Japan via YouTube

Extra History: Japan – Sengoku Jidai via YouTube

Extra History: End of the Samurai via YouTube

Free Korean History Online Courses

Science and Technology in the Silla Cultural Heritage
Pohang University of Science and Technology via Coursera
The course explores the scientific and technological aspects of the cultural heritage of Silla, an ancient dynasty in Korea, and its relationship with other ancient civilizations in the world. The lecture series will cover major cultural heritage of Silla: Bulguksa, Seokguram, Cheomseongdae, Poseokjeong, the Sacred Bell of Great King Seongdeok, and metallurgy.

Korean History via YouTube

Extra History: Korea – Admiral Yi via YouTube

Free Indian History Online Courses

Modern History Of India via YouTube

The Story of Bengal via YouTube

Modern Indian History Video Lectures via YouTube

Ancient History of INDIA via YouTube

Medieval History of India via YouTube

NCERT History Class VI Our Pasts I Textbook (In Hindi) via YouTube

A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir Spectrum via YouTube

NCERT History Class VII Our Pasts II Textbook (In Hindi) via YouTube

NCERT Class 8th History Our Pasts-III All Chapters via YouTube

Indian History by Pratik Nayak (भारत का इतिहास) via YouTube

Free European History Online Courses

La costruzione dell’Italia
University of Naples Federico II via edX
Un viaggio nella storia dell’Italia, tra grandi conflitti e grandi successi, una riflessione sulla storia che ha fatto crescere l’Italia
★★★★★ (17 ratings)

Toledo: Deciphering Secrets of Medieval Spain
University of Colorado System via Coursera
This course evaluates the medieval history of Toledo from the era of the Visigoth Kingdom (6th-8th centuries) through its Islamic period (8th to 11th centuries) and into its reintegration into Christian Spain (after 1085 c.e.) In particular, we take note of the cultural and religious transformations that characterized the city with a special effort to understand how many peoples and religions came to settle and live amongst one another.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

European History by CrashCourse
CrashCourse via YouTube
In 50 episodes, John Green will teach you about European History to give you an overview of Europe’s history and connection with the world from 1450 to the present.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry
University of California, Santa Cruz via Coursera
In this course, you will explore the Holocaust from the overlapping perspectives of literature and history—through memoirs, historical documents, poetry, documentary footage, filmic representations, and novels.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

The Spain of Don Quixote
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid via edX
An exploration of Spain depicted in Cervante’s historic novel, Don Quixote – a Golden Age in which Spanish arts and literature reached worldwide excellence.
★★★★☆ (10 ratings)

Unión Europea: Historia, Instituciones y Políticas
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona) via Coursera
La Unión Europea (UE) representa una de las experiencias más avanzadas en materia de integración económica y unión política a escala global. Desde su surgimiento en los años 50 del siglo XX hasta la explosión de la actual pandemia provocada por el COVID-19, la UE no ha cesado de ampliar su radio de acción llegando a difuminar, en muchas áreas, la tradicional distinción entre asuntos internos y externos de los Estados nacionales.

Germany 1919-1947
via Udemy
Nazi Germany in a nutshell

Ireland in Rebellion 1782-1916
Trinity College Dublin via YouTube
A 14-week online lecture series about the making of modern Ireland looking at the period 1782 to 1916 and beyond.

History of Italy
University of Naples Federico II via edX
A journey through the history of Italy, from 1862 to 1948, amid great conflicts and great successes

History of Roman Law
University of Naples Federico II via edX
Explore Roman Law, its History, its Juridical Scienceand Codes, and see how relevant it could be for international legal culture today!

Ancient Celts via YouTube

French Revolution via YouTube

History of Germany via YouTube

Extra History: Otto von Bismarck via YouTube

Extra History : Irish Potato Famine via YouTube

Extra History: Joan of Arc via YouTube

Free British History Online Courses

Working Lives on Britain’s Railways: Railway History and Heritage
University of Strathclyde via FutureLearn
Discover Britain’s industrial heritage and learn about the lives of British railway workers from 1840-1914.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

The Tudors
University of Roehampton via FutureLearn
Go back in time to learn about the dramatic rule of the Tudor monarchs and religious change of the sixteenth century reformation.
★★★★☆ (1 rating)

Early Modern Scottish Palaeography: Reading Scotland’s Records
University of Glasgow via FutureLearn
Travel back in time through Scottish history by examining early modern Scottish handwriting.

Policing and Protest in Manchester: The Moss Side Riots
Manchester Grammar School via FutureLearn
Examine the background and legacy of the Moss Side Riots in 1981, and explore key contemporary issues of policing and racism.

Working Lives in the Factories and Mills: Textile heritage of the factory workers
University of Glasgow via FutureLearn
Discover the lives of textile industry workers during the Victorian era, and better understand Britain’s industrial heritage.

Black Tudors: The Untold Story
via FutureLearn
Discover the little-known history of Black Africans in Tudor England and challenge your preconceptions of Black history.

Country Houses and the British Empire: How Imperialism Transformed Britain’s Colonial Countryside
University of Leicester via FutureLearn
Explore the fascinating histories of Britain’s colonial houses and their links to the British Empire.

Lancaster Castle and Northern English History: The View from the Stronghold
Lancaster University via FutureLearn
We will use the iconic building of Lancaster Castle to investigate how 2000 years of history has shaped the north-west of England.

The Life and Afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots
University of Glasgow via FutureLearn
Explore the 16th century life of Mary Queen of Scots, and her place in cultural history in the centuries that followed.

English and British History via YouTube

History of Britain via YouTube

Extra History: History of England via YouTube

Extra History: Policing London via YouTube

Extra History: South Sea Bubble via YouTube

Extra History: The Broad Street Pump & John Snow via YouTube

Free American History Online Courses

Patrick Henry: Forgotten Founder
University of Virginia via Coursera
“Give me liberty, or give me death:” Remembering Patrick Henry, the Forgotten Founder. Patrick Henry was enormously popular during the American Revolution. Even Thomas Jefferson, who over time developed a deep loathing of Henry (some would say jealousy), had to admit that “it is not now easy to say what we should have done without Patrick Henry.”
★★★★★ (16 ratings)

The Civil War and Reconstruction – 1865-1890: The Unfinished Revolution
Columbia University via edX
Examine the pivotal but misunderstood era of Reconstruction that followed the Civil War, the first effort in American history to construct an interracial democracy.
★★★★★ (7 ratings)

American Capitalism: A History
Cornell University via edX
Examine how economic development fueled the United States’ evolution from 13 backwater colonies to a global power.
★★★★★ (5 ratings)

Age of Jefferson
University of Virginia via Coursera
This course provides an overview of Thomas Jefferson’s work and perspectives presented by the University of Virginia in partnership with Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Together, UVA and Monticello are recognized internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
★★★★★ (10 ratings)

The Civil War and Reconstruction – 1850-1861: A House Divided
Columbia University via edX
Discover how the issue of slavery came to dominate American politics, and how political leaders struggled and failed to resolve the growing crisis in the nation.
★★★★★ (5 ratings)

Black American History by CrashCourse
CrashCourse via YouTube
Clint Smith teaches you Black American History in 50 episodes. In this course, you will learn about the Transatlantic slave trade, slavery in the American colonies, Elizabeth Key, slave codes, the Germantown petition against slavery, and the Stono Rebellion.
★★★★★ (3 ratings)

The Civil War and Reconstruction – 1861 – 1865: A New Birth of Freedom
Columbia University via edX
Learn about the political, social, and economic changes in the Union and the Confederacy and the Civil War’s long-term economic and intellectual impact.
★★★★★ (6 ratings)

Women Have Always Worked: The U.S. Experience 1700 – 1920
Columbia University via edX
In Part One of Women Have Always Worked, learn how women’s work has changed the home, the workplace, and the nation from the Colonial Period through World War I.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Smithsonian’s Objects That Define America
Smithsonian Institution via edX
Explore the history of America through the view of key historic objects, inventions, and exhibits in the Smithsonian collections.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

The Kennedy Half Century
University of Virginia via Coursera
When John F. Kennedy entered the presidential limousine at Love Field in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, he began his ride into history. That journey continues even today and we call it the Kennedy legacy. This course will explore the Presidency, assassination, and lasting legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Students will learn how JFK’s life, administration, and tragic death have influenced the general public, the media, and each of the nine U.S. presidents who followed.
★★★★☆ (11 ratings)

Wage Work for Women Citizens: 1870-1920
Columbia University via edX
Departing from the Civil War years, examine how gender shaped women’s work outside the home in the late 19th century. Explore efforts to affirm domesticity while providing women with paths to independence, and uncover how the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments impacted women’s political participation.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Seeking Women’s Rights: Colonial Period to the Civil War
Columbia University via edX
Learn about the emergence of women’s history and its impact on the study of history as a whole. Then, examine the experiences of women in Colonial America. We will learn the ways that women struggled to loosen the constraints of family by proclaiming that they, like men, possessed individual rights.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

US History by CrashCourse
CrashCourse via YouTube
Crash Course creates free, high-quality educational videos used by teachers and learners of all kinds. John Green kicks off Crash Course US History!
★★★★☆ (1 rating)

The Civil War and Reconstruction
Yale University via YouTube
This course explores the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War, from the 1840s to 1877. The primary goal of the course is to understand the multiple meanings of a transforming event in American history.

The History of MIT (Spring 2011)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via MIT OpenCourseWare
This course examines the history of MIT through the lens of the broader history of science and technology, and vice versa.

The USA 1930-2000
via Udemy
American History for Everyone

Women Have Always Worked: The U.S. Experience 1920 – 2016
Columbia University via edX
In Part Two of Women Have Always Worked, learn how women’s work has changed the home, the workplace, and the nation in the 20th century through the present.

American Prophet: The Inner Life and Global Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Stanford University via edX
This course looks at Martin Luther King’s life through the documents that have survived from the past.

Black American History
Extra Credits via YouTube
This is a collection of stories both about the systems of oppression Black Americans have had to face, and the triumph in spite of it all.

Foundations for Transforming Teaching and Learning about Native Americans
Smithsonian Institution via edX
In this course, learners will join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to explore the impact of problematic narratives of Native Americans on U.S. society and education and learn ways to recognize and share more complete narratives both inside and outside the classroom.

Women Making History: Ten Objects, Many Stories
Harvard University via edX
Learn how American women created, confronted, and embraced change in the 20th century while exploring ten objects from Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library.

The Rooseveltian Century
Leiden University via Coursera
This course uses the lives, ideals and achievements of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt to create the idea of a Rooseveltian century. It is about doing research, analyzing primary sources, and connecting all this information with a coherent and logical interpretation. It is an invitation to think critically and historically, and it wants to give you a glimpse of what it means to be a historian at work.

Kansas History Videos via YouTube

Presidential Elections in American History via YouTube

Who was Abraham Lincoln? via YouTube

History of America via YouTube

History of America – Season 2 via YouTube

America: Promised Land | History via YouTube

America: Our Defining Hours | History via YouTube

The Machines That Built America: Official Series Playlist | History via YouTube

Abraham Lincoln via YouTube

I Was There | Official Series Playlist | History via YouTube

History of the United States of America via YouTube

Colonial America (1585 – 1776) via YouTube

The Wild West (1865 – 1895) via YouTube

Extra History: The Articles of Confederation via YouTube

Extra History: Teddy Roosevelt, Trust Buster via YouTube

Free History of Arts Online Courses

A Global History of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX
Learn about humanity’s rich architectural history on this journey around the globe – from 100,000 BCE to ca. 1,600 CE.
★★★★★ (10 ratings)

WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film
University of Leeds via FutureLearn
Discover just some of the ways that heroism and the First World War is portrayed through art and film.
★★★★★ (55 ratings)

History of Science by CrashCourse
CrashCourse via YouTube
In 46 episodes, Hank Green teaches you the history of science! This course is based on the 2nd and 3rd edition of Science & Technology in World History by McClellan & Dorn.
★★★★★ (9 ratings)

Claves para leer imágenes
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid via edX
Vivimos en la era de la revolución icónica. Necesitamos métodos para comprender las imágenes. Los mapas, los paisajes, las obras de arte, los medios de masas, las películas de cine y las páginas de internet nos hablan, por lo que debemos conocer sus códigos para entenderlas. Conoce las claves para analizar las imágenes históricas que hemos producido los seres humanos. Tenemos dos objetivos: enseñar a utilizarlas como documentos históricos y emplearlas como recursos didácticos.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Historia de la ética
Universidad Carlos iii de Madrid via edX
Una mirada hacia el pasado de la ética para poder afrontar mejor los problemas del futuro. Una visión crítica de la ética y la moral sin olvidar el sentido del humor.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

History of Game Design: Prehistory to the late 1980s
LaSalle College via edX
Discover how board and arcade games evolved into ground-breaking video game consoles.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Shakespeare’s Life and Work
Harvard University via edX
Learn how to read William Shakespeare’s plays through his biography, Elizabethan and Jacobean history, and modern performance.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Introduzione alla Storia dell’Architettura Contemporanea
Politecnico di Milano via Coursera
Con un viaggio tra le opere più note di alcuni grandi maestri del Novecento, questo corso offre un punto di vista utile per interpretare le vicende dell’architettura, ovvero dell’arte di costruire spazi per la nostra vita quotidiana. Il corso si articola in tre settimane, ognuna dedicata all’approfondimento di un tema specifico: la prima settimana presenta i capolavori del Novecento, la seconda ripercorre il lavoro di due maestri della cultura architettonica italiana, la terza conduce nella visita di alcune opere recenti dei maestri contemporanei. Ogni settimana è articolata in brevi lezioni; al termine di ciascuna viene proposto un quiz per verificare le conoscenze acquisite.

Historia del Arte: Del Arte Prehistórico al Renacimiento
Universidad de Palermo via Coursera
El arte deriva de un deseo de la persona para comunicarse con otros” (Edvard Munch). Y es desde la prehistoria que el humano ha dejado impresas sus huellas a través del arte. ¿Qué características tienen esas huellas artísticas? ¿Qué nos comunican sobre el periodo de tiempo al que pertenecen? Sumergite en la historia del arte recorriendo este curso.

Inventions that Shaped History
Ted-Ed via YouTube
More than 50 videos featuring a range of inventions both old and new.

History of Chinese Costumes|中国服饰七千年
Tsinghua University via edX
详细诠释中国服饰艺术特征、 发展脉络、时尚变迁和文化内涵,图解中国服饰式样结构与工艺特点,举例中国风时装设计,分析中国元素时装创新设计途径。

The World History of Modern Wine
Trinity College via edX
Explore wine through the eyes of a historian, as you learn about the “old” and “new” worlds of wine, including how its taste and quality has changed over time.

Introduction to History of Architecture in India
NPTEL via YouTube
This course is a brief introduction to a history of five thousand years of architecture in India, and provides a broad perspective on one aspect of material expression.

Modern Sculpture: An Introduction to Art History
University of York via FutureLearn
Grow your visual analysis skills as you learn how to describe and learn from public sculpture artworks at the University of York.

Identidad latinoamericana a través de la moda: prendas con historia
Universidad del Rosario via edX
Aprende y cuestiona la historia de nuestra identidad a través de prendas que han marcado y fundamentado nuestro estilo personal

La percepción del paisaje
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid via edX
En este MOOC nos proponemos dos objetivos: recrear la historia del paisaje y percibirlo no sólo por la vista, sino por los cinco sentidos. De forma que veremos cómo se ha ido pasando de una percepción frontal del paisaje (la del caminante y el navegante), a una lateral (la de las ventanillas del ferrocarril) y a otra vertical (la de los submarinos y los satélites espaciales). Y desde la aparición de internet ha surgido otra dimensión: el paisaje virtual.

Del trazo caligráfico al método paleográfico: experimentando la materialidad de los manuscritos históricos
Universidad Carlos iii de Madrid via edX
Práctica paleográfica y caligráfica en ciclos de escritura histórica y procesos materiales de creación del manuscrito, conservación e interpretación.

Women in Arts: From 1900 until today
L’École Centre Pompidou via FutureLearn
Discover the women creators who shaped modern and contemporary art and those who continue to make huge impacts today.

Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-78
University of Reading via FutureLearn
Explore the history of punk and the role played by youth subcultures in contemporary history, while making your own punk fanzine.

History of Games: 1990 to the late 2000s
LaSalle College via edX
Discover the technological breakthroughs, gadgets and consoles that revolutionized the gaming industry.

History of Game Design: 2010 to the beginning of 2021
LaSalle College via edX
Learn about the modern age of gaming, the move towards mobile and the future of gaming.

Historia latinoamericana a través de objetos de arte, diseño y artesanía
Universidad del Rosario via edX
Este curso examina objetos artesanales, artísticos y de diseño para abordar narrativas centrales en la historia de Latinoamérica. Basados en variables como concepción, materialidad, uso, apropiación, reparación/conservación o desecho de un grupo de objetos, revisitaremos momentos significativos de la historia política, económica y social de la región en el contexto global.

Historia global de la arquitectura islámica: espacio, ciudad, arte
Universidad del Rosario via edX
En este curso lograrás descubrir el legado de los pueblos islámicos en el Mediterráneo y el mundo y desdibujar los límites entre oriente y occidente, identificar las conexiones de tu entorno con Al-Ándalus y conocer los principios del Islam aplicables en la arquitectura contemporánea.

Historias de la creatividad en el sur global: arte, arquitectura y diseño
Universidad del Rosario via edX
Este programa XSeries aborda fundamentos de nivel introductorio sobre artes, arquitectura y diseño del sur global. Mediante el análisis de edificaciones emblemáticas, el análisis de identidad a través de las prendas y objetos de diseño y arte que acompañan nuestra vida cotidiana; se brindan nuevos horizontes y perspectivas sobre la creatividad y su impacto cultural y social en el mundo y en especial en el sur global, influyendo en diferentes aspectos del siglo XXI.

Paesaggi di Roma Antica. Archeologia e storia del Palatino.
Sapienza University of Rome via Coursera
Students will be introduced to methods and procedures developed and successfully applied by Sapienza School of Classical Archaeology in collection, analyses, integration and interpretation of complex and multi-stratified contexts, including actual methods and innovative instruments based on a deep archaeological and historical knowledge but also on ICT technologies.

Historia del Arte: Del Barroco al Arte Posmoderno
Universidad de Palermo via Coursera
El arte deriva de un deseo de la persona para comunicarse con otros” (Edvard Munch). Y es desde la prehistoria que el humano ha dejado impresas sus huellas a través del arte.

Free World History Online Courses

Big History: Connecting Knowledge
Macquarie University via Coursera
We currently face unprecedented challenges on a global scale. These problems do not neatly fall into disciplines. They are complicated, complex, and connected. Join us on this epic journey of 13.8 billion years starting at the Big Bang and travelling through time all the way to the future.
★★★★☆ (14 ratings)

World History by CrashCourse
CrashCourse via YouTube
In 42 episodes, John Green will begin teaching you the history of the world! This course is based on the 2012 AP World History curriculum, from growing the first crops in the First Agricultural Revolution to global textile production in the 2010s.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Big History – From the Big Bang until Today
University of Amsterdam via Coursera
Welcome to this Big History course! In this course, renowned scientists and scholars from the University of Amsterdam and beyond will take you on a journey from the Big Bang until today while addressing key questions in their fields.
★★★☆☆ (2 ratings)

Understanding 9/11: Why 9/11 Happened & How Terrorism Affects Our World Today
Duke University via Coursera
This course will explore the forces that led to the 9/11 attacks and the policies the United States adopted in response. We will examine the phenomenon of modern terrorism, the development of the al Qai’da ideology, and the process by which individuals radicalize towards violence.
★★★☆☆ (2 ratings)

宇宙之旅:对话 (Journey of the Universe: Weaving Knowledge and Action)
Yale University via Coursera
宇宙之旅是由不断进步的科学发现和人文科学交织组成的,历史、哲学、艺术、宗教统统都含括在内。 这门课由一系列20个与科学家与环境学家关于宇宙之旅的访谈组成。前10个访谈是与科学家和历史学家的访谈,它们帮助我们深化对宇宙、地球、人类进化过程的理解。后10个访问是与环境学家、教师和艺术家的访谈,它们探索了宇宙奥义和人类社会之间的联系。

宇宙之旅:展现生命 (Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life)
Yale University via Coursera
关于这门课程:宇宙之旅是由不断进步的科学发现和人文科学交织组成的,历史、哲学、艺术、宗教统统都含括在内。这门课以艾美奖获奖影片-宇宙之旅,以及耶鲁大学出版社出版的课本作为主要教材。

Well-behaved women seldom make history
Ted-Ed via YouTube
A series of videos featuring the lives and achievements of notable women from many eras and countries, including Cleopatra, Marie Curie, and Jane Austen.

Disease, Climate Shocks, and Wellbeing: a Long History of Social Response to Crisis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX
The goal is to introduce participants to the complex arena in which economy, society and technology intersect to promote wellbeing using historical responses to disease and climate shocks as our lens of inquiry. Participants will be introduced to enduring historical questions and a variety of social science methodologies to address complex issues, which will give them tools to approach the challenges of their contemporary world.

Learning from the Past: A Guide for the Curious Researcher
The University of Nottingham via FutureLearn
Learn how to understand the past to explain the present, and get to know the amazing sources and resources of the British Library.

Better Days Course 1
via Canvas Network
A K12 course teaching Women’s History through the curriculum designed by Better Days. This is course 1 of 2 that Instructure has designed in partnership with Better Days.

Better Days Course 2
via Canvas Network
Course 2 of 2 of Better Day’s curriculum focusing on Women’s History.

Applied Public History: Places, People, Stories
University of London International Programmes via Coursera
This course introduces learners to applied public history: understanding and interpreting the past today, and engaging diverse communities in the practice of making and sharing histories.

Crash Course بالعربي (Crash Course World History in Arabic!) via YouTube

Ten Minute World History via YouTube

Nomadic Cultures via YouTube

World History by Harshit Dwivedi via YouTube

NCERT Class 11th History Themes in World History All Chapters Detailed Explanation via YouTube

Fast Facts | History via YouTube

Examine the Past | History via YouTube

History Topicals | History via YouTube

Drawn History: Illustrations & Animations of Historical Events | History via YouTube

History Explained | History via YouTube

History Celebrates Women’s History Month via YouTube

HISTORY EXPLAINED: History Digital Exclusives via YouTube

History Countdown via YouTube

Cities of the Underworld: Official Series Playlist | History via YouTube

Incredible Engineering via YouTube

Strange Stories in History via YouTube

Evolution of Technology via YouTube

Figures in History via YouTube

The Golden Age of Piracy (1650 – 1730) via YouTube

Extra History: Chronological Order (Pre-History – 1699 CE) via YouTube

Extra History: The History of Paper Money via YouTube

Extra History: Simón Bolívar via YouTube

Extra History: The 1918 Flu Pandemic via YouTube

Extra History: Medicine via YouTube

World History 2 via YouTube

Pre-Columbian Civilizations via YouTube

History of Russia via YouTube

Ottoman Empire via YouTube

History of Afghanistan via YouTube

History at Home via YouTube

Extra History: The Inca Empire via YouTube

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  1. Nicolas

    A major big history MOOC that has disappeared from Coursera is “Sapiens: a brief history of humankind”.
    However, it is still available on YouTube here : https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIHhu6JIlvVOWGmKy8l5Jy3gunjARf52Y

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