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