World at War
Understanding Conflict and Society (Academic)
September 2010, ABC-CLIO, ABC-CLIO Databases

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Only one online academic resource features the expertise of accomplished military historians and devotes itself entirely to the causes and consequences of history’s most significant conflicts: World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society.

World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society is an essential source for research and scholarship on the military conflicts that have defined world history from antiquity to today, offering over 22,000 primary sources and reference entries spanning more than 50 wars. Approximately 200 scholarly articles from leading academics offer investigations and commentary on topics ranging from ancient conflicts in Greece before the Common Era to the modern world’s war on terrorism. Developed under the oversight of an advisory board including Fulbright scholar Dr. Spencer C. Tucker (award-winning author of titles such as The Encyclopedia of Middle East Wars and American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection), World at War encourages study and research that goes beyond isolated events to examine causal relationships, chart historical developments, and analyze the role that conflict itself plays in society.


2019 Silver Award—Modern Library Awards, January 31, 2019


"Students will need to look no further than World at War when beginning their research on conflict over the past 2,000 years. Ease of use, authoritative content, and well-balanced writing are just some of its defining characteristics. . . sensible and straightforward, with a thoughtful design that makes searching quick and effortless. Equally important, users will discover hundreds and sometimes thousands of additional primary source materials for their research and writing."—Library Journal, April 15, 2018

"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 Idea Exchange feature takes readers to material on topical questions such as 'Why Did Mao Zedong's Communists Persevere over the Nationalists in the Chinese Civil War?' and 'What Was the Primary Cause of World War I?' The answers, provided by well-known historians in signed, peer-reviewed essays, offer contrasting views of historical events and would be a good resource for pro/con papers. This database's low cost makes it a good source for beginning research on war-related topics. Summing Up: Recommended."—Choice, August 1, 2012


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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