World at War
Understanding Conflict and Society
November 2005, ABC-CLIO, ABC-CLIO Databases

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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.


2006 Best Software in High School (BESSIE) - Social Studies Website—ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES), March 28, 2006

2006 Distinguished Achievement Award - Educational Website—American Reference Books Annual, June 9, 2006

2006 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) - US History Website—ComputEd Gazette, August 12, 2006

2006 Award of Excellence—Technology & Learning, September 29, 2006

2007 Best Education Reference—SIIA CODiE Award, April 18, 2007

2007 Best Social Studies Instruction Solution—SIIA CODiE Award, April 18, 2007

2008 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—Social Studies Web Site—ComputEd Gazette, April 25, 2008

2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE)—ComputEd Gazette, October 6, 2008

2008 Award of Excellence—Tech and Learning, October 30, 2008

2014 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) - Best Social Studies Website—ComputEd Gazette, October 2, 2014

2017 CODiE Award Winner - Best Social Sciences Instructional Solution—SIIA, July 28, 2017

2018 Gold Award—Modern Library Awards, January 23, 2018

2018 Best Online Educational Resource—ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES), April 1, 2018

2018 Best Social Studies Website—ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES), April 1, 2018

2019 Best Social Studies Website—ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES), April 8, 2019


"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, April 15, 2014

"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, October 1, 2010

"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, May 15, 2010

"This is an excellent site for students to research 14 wars involving the United States from colonial times to the present."—ARBA, October 1, 2008

"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, April 15, 2008

"A timely addition to ABC-CLIO's comprehensive web-based subscription databases."—tech learning, 00/00/00

"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, June 1, 2006

"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, March 24, 2006

"'Objectivity and balance,' says the World at War website, 'are always of the utmost importance.' Possessing a solid foundation of factual content and a rich assortment of primary source material, World at War may come across as an electronic reference book, but it’s hardly static. New material—such as expert commentary on the significance of retaking the city of Mosul in northern Iraq while that effort was just getting underway—is added constantly. More than 300 items were added to the resource in 2016 alone. This database comes in a standard edition for schools and public libraries as well as an academic version aimed at college student researchers. The latter version features the Idea Exchange, in which a number of authoritative essays—unique to World at War—demonstrate how scholars debate complex historical questions."—Library Journal, January 12, 2017


Ancient Greece, 2000–30 BCE
• Peloponnesian War
• Wars of Alexander the Great
The World Beyond Europe, 1500–1776
• Aztec-Spanish War
• Inca-Spanish War
• North American Colonial Conflicts to 1775
The World at War, 1914–1945
• World War I
• 1917 Russian Revolution and Russian Civil War
• Spanish Civil War
• World War II
Ancient Rome, 1000 BCE–500 CE
• Gallic Wars
• Caesarian-Pompeian Civil War
The Emergence of Modern Europe, 1500–1800
• Thirty Years' War
• English Civil War
• War of the Spanish Succession
The Cold War, 1945–1991
• Chinese Civil War and Communist Revolution
• Cold War
• Arab-Israeli Wars
• India-Pakistan Wars
• Korean War
• Vietnam War
• Soviet-Afghan War
The Islamic World, 600–1700
• Wars of Muslim Expansion
• Wars of Ottoman Expansion
A Time of Revolutions, 1776–1825
• American Revolution
• French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars
• War of 1812
• Revolutions in Latin America
A New Millennium, 1991–Present
• Persian Gulf War
• Yugoslav Wars
• Afghanistan War and War on Terror
• Iraq War
Central and East Asia, 500–1500
• Japanese Civil War
Spheres of Influence, 1776–1914
• British Conquest of India
• Opium Wars
• Mexican-American War
• Crimean War
• Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars
• Boxer Rebellion
Medieval Europe, 500–1500
• Crusades in the Holy Land and Egypt
• Baltic Crusades
• Hundred Years' War
The Rise of Nationalism, 1815–1914
• American Civil War
• American Indian Wars 1492–1890
• Wars of Italian Unification
• Taiping Rebellion
• Wars of German Unification
• Sino-Japanese War
• Russo-Japanese War
• Mexican Revolution
• Balkan Wars

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