Examine the Causes and Consequences of Wars, Rebellions, and Revolutions

World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society takes an in-depth look at 50 conflicts across space and time, from the wars of ancient Greece and Rome to ongoing conflicts in the 21st century.

Primary sources, historical perspectives, and activities guide students to think critically about the enduring causes and consequences of conflict in society, including ideologies, movements, and leaders that have defined the ancient and modern worlds.

Enhance Understanding with Primary Sources

War is a turning point, changing the lives of leaders as well as ordinary families and citizens. Whether fighting for independence, forging alliances, or defeating a global threat, history is shaped when nations go to war.

The balanced, expert analysis found in this database models good historical thinking on conflict periods that have defined our world from its earliest beginnings to today, helping researchers draw connections between past and present events.

Topic Centers Include: 

  • Ancient Greece: 2000–30 BCE
  • Ancient Rome: 1000 BCE–500 CE
  • The Islamic World: 600–1700
  • Central and East Asia: 500–1500
  • Medieval Europe: 500–1500
  • Medieval Europe: 500–1500
  • The Emergence of Modern Europe: 1500–1800
  • A Time of Revolutions: 1776–1825
  • Spheres of Influence: 1776–1914
  • The Rise of Nationalism: 1815–1914
  • The World at War: 1914–1945
  • The Cold War: 1945–1991
  • A New Millennium: 1991–Present