German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) is a comprehensive collection of primary source materials documenting Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present. It comprises original German texts, all of which are accompanied by new English translations, and a wide range of visual imagery. The materials are presented in ten sections, which have been compiled by leading scholars. All of the materials can be downloaded free of charge for teaching, research, and related purposes; the site is strictly intended for individual, non-commercial use.
Starting from the time of reformation in the early 16th century it goes on to Napoleonic times, Bismarckian Germany, also covering Nazi Germany upt to the present day. Each chapter consists of a detailed introduction, covering a wide range of aspects, accompanied by numerous relavant images, documents and maps. The images depict daily life as well as visual icons of their times.
The website offers a wide range of thoroughly researched and well presented texts and images, which may provide great assistance to teachers while preparing history lessons.
About the project
GHDI is an initiative of the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC. Made possible by the generous support of the Max Kade Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, the project has been undertaken in cooperation with the Friends of the German Historical Institute, the Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, and IEG-MAPS, Institute for European History, Mainz.