• Chronological understanding of the depth, breadth, and context of 2,000 years of warfare around the world
  • Visual understanding of how history’s military and naval forces have fought each other over time with animated models of tactics
  • Macro-level understanding of warfare within period of study; greater awareness of relationship between correlation and causation

  • Micro-level understanding of strategic, operational and tactical aspects of war with animated maps, which stop at key moments to highlight decisions and shifts in action, and provide opportunities to discuss the impact of simultaneous action and limitations of knowledge at a particular moment

  • Immersion in period of study through a variety of primary sources, including video, audio, and first-person accounts of battl


  • Primary sources, including letters, diaries, political cartoons, photographs, maps, artifacts, and artwork

  • Hotspots that users tap for additional details, context, and other annotations about a painting, political cartoon, or other image

  • Interactive timelines, where users scroll across time or toggle overlays on and off to show wars, reigns, and other historic events that occur during the period covered in the chapter

  • Animated and interactive maps that allow users to watch how a battle unfolds, and to scroll back and forth across time to study formations and maneuvers in detail

  • Models, including animations and rotatable 3D images, such as a first person POV of trench warfare and 360-degree views of vessels and weapons

  • Video and audio, including interviews with authors and veterans, and other documents such as footage of World War U-boats and audio of Revolutionary War music

  • Extensive endnotes, hyperlinked to guide readers to primary and secondary sources when available