Site URL: HistoryNet.com
Content: HistoryNet.com is produced by the Weider History Group, the world's largest publisher of history magazines. The site contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in Weider’s stable of periodicals.
Design: There is a lot going on here, and that can make things feel a bit cluttered. The site’s layout is, however, relatively easy to follow. A main scroller cycles through the most recent content additions, followed by a section that leads to articles exclusive to the Web site.
There is heavy emphasis on getting users to subscribe to the print publications, but beyond the in-house advertising, HistoryNet is pretty simple to navigate.
Review: As advertised, HistoryNet is a digital catchall for the Weider Group’s print publications. As such, there is a wealth of content here spanning every conceivable angle of human history. U.S., European, Asian—the entirety of recorded history appears in some way, shape or form.
The site puts a novel historical twist on current trending topics. One example is an interesting article about the historical home in which the popular television series “Downton Abbey” is set. The article goes into detail regarding the building’s current owners and its place in English nobility.
Other fun areas include the page dedicated to the current date in history, and the random history quiz generator. Both are excellent starting points for a Web Quest or other student research activity.
Bottom Line: While not the best site on the Internet for history, it is one worth visiting.