World at War

Understanding Conflict and Society

Recently revised, improved, and expanded, this user-friendly database is an invaluable online resource that presents comprehensive information and unique insights into the military conflicts that have defined our world from antiquity to today.

  • Topic:

    Military History
  • Subtopic:

    Military History (General)

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Recently revised, improved, and expanded, this user-friendly database is an invaluable online resource that presents comprehensive information and unique insights into the military conflicts that have defined our world from antiquity to today.

From ancient Greek warfare to the United States's military involvement in the Middle East in recent decades, violent conflict is interwoven throughout our history. While the justifications for war are highly debatable, there is no disagreement about the value of studying past conflicts to better understand our nature—and to hopefully avoid future wars.

Wars create important turning points in human history, defining our leaders as well as changing the lives of ordinary families and citizens. Whether fighting for independence, forging alliances, making a play for dominance, or battling a global threat, history is shaped when nations go to war. And because of the political and economic power of great nations, the effects of their wars ripple throughout the world.

Through absorbing investigations of how the peace settlement of World War I led to World War II, or insightful essays on whether the United States was justified in dropping atomic bombs on Japan, World at War helps students and researchers develop a deeper, critical appreciation of both the history of the world and the human costs of war.

This freshly updated online database provides users with the most current, accurate, and enlightening information on the conflicts that have shaped our world—and provides the ability to truly understand the past—to help determine the future.

• Features Analyze sections that support 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?"
• Presents complete overviews of more than 40 wars, with timelines, causes and consequences, portraits of opponents, and links to supporting facts, figures, primary sources, and audiovisual content
• Provides more than 9,000 authoritative reference entries, including biographies and discussions of important places, events, movements, ideas, artifacts, and organizations
• Offers more than 10,000 primary sources, including images, maps, personal accounts, and video and audio clips for analyses or enhancing lectures

• The only online resource focused on the causes and consequences of wars fought around the world, elucidating the global impact of these conflicts
• Developed by accomplished military historians, including Dr. Spencer Tucker (editor of award-winning titles including The Encyclopedia of the Cold War and The Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict), with input from librarians and educators
• Expands and completes any library collection, meeting both reference and curriculum needs
"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."—Library Journal Online

"The articles are well-written, informative, and engaging...It is very easy to explore a variety of topics and to navigate the database....Recommended."—Library Media Connection

"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."—Library Journal

"This is an excellent site for students to research 14 wars involving the United States from colonial times to the present."—ARBA

"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."—Booklist

"A timely addition to ABC-CLIO's comprehensive web-based subscription databases."—tech learning

"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."—Booklist

"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."—ComputEd Gazette

2008 Award of Excellence — Tech and Learning

2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette

2008 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—Social Studies Web Site — ComputEd Gazette

2007 Best Education Reference — SIIA CODiE Award

2007 Best Social Studies Instruction Solution — SIIA CODiE Award

2006 Award of Excellence — Technology & Learning

2006 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) - US History Website — ComputEd Gazette

2006 Distinguished Achievement Award - Educational Website — American Reference Books Annual

2006 Best Software in High School (BESSIE) - Social Studies Website — ComputEd Gazette