World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society

Whether they are investigating how the peace of World War I led to World War II or comparing U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia with the Iraq War, this database from ABC-CLIO helps students develop a deeper critical understanding of conflict.

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Key Content and Features

  • More than 10,000 authoritative reference articles, including biographies and discussions of important places, events, movements, ideas, artifacts and organizations
  • Primary sources include 6,400 images, more than 700 maps, nearly 400 personal accounts, and 280 audio and video clips
  • Complete overviews of 30 wars with timelines, causes and consequences, portraits of opponents, and links to supporting facts, figures and primary sources
  • Investigate Activities that encourage student inquiry into historical dilemmas through pre-populated, probing questions
  • Basic and advanced search options to return the most relevant results
  • Standards-based curriculum updated daily by a team of subject-specific editorial experts and supported by an extensive range of instructional material
  • Commentaries written by noted scholars that reflect multiple points of view and stimulate critical thinking
  • Academic Success Corner with resources to help students develop reading, writing and research skills
  • Educator Support Site containing valuable professional development tools, curriculum guides, lesson plans and more

Enhance Understanding with Primary Sources

War is a turning point, changing the lives of leaders as well as ordinary families and citizens. Whether fighting for independence, forging alliances, or defeating a global threat, history is shaped when nations go to war. The balanced, expert analysis found in this database models good historical thinking on conflict periods that have defined our world from its earliest beginnings to today, helping researchers draw connections between past and present events.

Complete with overviews of more than 30 wars, World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society includes timelines, causes and consequences, portraits of opponents, and links to supporting facts and figures. Researchers, students and teachers can draw from more than 8,000 primary sources, like photos, maps, personal accounts, and video and audio clips. The database is available in both academic and school versions.