Wars create important turning points in human history, defining our leaders and changing the lives of ordinary families and citizens. Whether fighting for independence, forging alliances, making a play for dominance, or battling a global threat, nations shape history—and the world—when they go to war.
World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society presents overviews of 50 wars, rebellions, and revolutions, both those commonly taught and those less so, and provides additional analysis of causes and consequences and portraits of opponents. The effect is to elucidate the global impact of these military conflicts that have defined our world from antiquity to today such that students and researchers may develop a deeper, critical appreciation of both the history of the world and the human costs of war.
- Contains more than 10,000 authoritative reference articles, including biographies and discussions of important places, events, movements, ideas, artifacts, and organizations
- Houses more than 10,000 primary sources, including 6,400 images, 720 maps, 390 personal accounts, and 280 video and audio recordings
- Supports student inquiry into historical dilemmas by asking questions such as "Was the French Revolution a direct result of the Enlightenment?" and “Was Ronald Reagan responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War?”
- Features the CLIOview tool that allows students to make comparisons and graph statistical data related to countries during wartime, with more than 15 categories including active armed forces, land borders, religious groups and more to choose from
- Developed by accomplished military historians, including Dr. Spencer Tucker (editor of award-winning titles including American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection; The Encyclopedia of the Cold War: A Political, Social, and Military History; and The Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social, and Military History) with input from librarians and educators
"World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society combines a solid foundation of reference-type factual content with a rich collection of primary source material, valuable in itself for students doing basic library research. ABC-CLIO doesn’t stop there, however. It turns World at War into an academic showcase by incorporating a number of authoritative essays—unique to this resource—demonstrating how scholars debate complex historical questions."
"The articles are well-written, informative, and engaging...It is very easy to explore a variety of topics and to navigate the database....Recommended."
"In content, design, and presentation, this product is a resounding ten. Highly recommended for public, school, and academic libraries, USW is the kind of wiz-bang resource of substance a user hopes for in the marketplace and on virtual library shelves."
"This is an excellent site for students to research 14 wars involving the United States from colonial times to the present."
"This already outstanding resource has been improved with a crisp, easy-to-use interface that few students should have difficulty mastering. Highly recommended for school and public libraries."
"A timely addition to ABC-CLIO's comprehensive web-based subscription databases."
"Although it could be helpful in providing detailed background information to scholars and upper-division college students, this comprehensive and multifaceted database is also appropriate for the undergraduate or advanced high-school student who needs to go beyond the standard commercial Internet search. Recommended for academic and public libraries."
"ABC-CLIO has designed an outstanding subscription-based website where students can learn and understand aspects of each of 14 wars in which the United States has been engaged. By organizing concepts into categories—Overview, Causes, Timeline, Consequences, Opponents, Facts & Figures, and CLIOview (which allows easy statistical comparison of countries—complex issues can be more easily understood. There are links to maps, flags, documents, images, individual, audio and video, dictionary, and help. Another useful feature of United States at War is the ability to search by Research, Wars, or Themes. Numerous Quicktime videos enhance learning, and add a valuable dimension to the website."
2006 Best Software in High School (BESSIE) - Social Studies Website — ComputEd Gazette
2006 Distinguished Achievement Award - Educational Website — American Reference Books Annual
2006 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) - US History Website — ComputEd Gazette
2006 Award of Excellence — Technology & Learning
2007 Best Education Reference — SIIA CODiE Award
2007 Best Social Studies Instruction Solution — SIIA CODiE Award
2008 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—Social Studies Web Site — ComputEd Gazette
2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette
2008 Award of Excellence — Tech and Learning