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

Available in both academic and school versions, World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society gives students the opportunity to examine vital turning points in human history, from the Peloponnesian War of ancient Greece to contemporary conflicts in the Middle East. Features include:

  • Complete overviews of over 50 wars, rebellions, and revolutions with timelines, causes and consequences, portraits of opponents, and links to supporting facts, figures and primary sources
  • Activities that encourage student inquiry into historical dilemmas through pre-populated, probing questions
  • Basic and advanced search options to return the most relevant results
  • Standards-based curriculum updated daily by a team of subject-specific editorial experts and supported by an extensive range of instructional material
  • Commentaries written by noted scholars that reflect multiple points of view and stimulate critical thinking
  • Academic Success Corner with resources to help students develop reading, writing and research skills
  • Educator Support Site containing valuable professional development tools, curriculum guides, lesson plans and more

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