The Spartacus encylcopedia site for the First World War offers a gateway to bibliographies, images and explanatory links including military and political figures, military forces, battles, United States Troops, Events and Issues, war journalists, war artists, antiwar movements, and women and war.
There are no specific learning goals offered for the site. However, the site can be used to offer students information on the causes of the First World War, many figures and battles, and the effects and consequences of the conflict.
Target Student Population:
Junior and Senior High.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
To be able to read and click.
Type of Material:
To provide additional information for a Western Civilization or United States History class.
Evaluation and Observation
This is a standard encyclopedia's account of World War I. It does not tell the sources used or their authors. The material provided is accurate and reflects recent scholarship. The site is comprehensive in its treatment of World War I: causes, effects, political and cultural impact. The photographs are excellent.
Maps are sometimes blurred and dificult to read.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The World War I materials are organized and linked to provide a cohorent look at one of many subjects available and presented as an on-line reference for teachers. The material and its editors are in the United Kingdom. The site includes an on-line weekly history journal for high school teachers and an aggregation of websites of interest to history teachers.
Educators should encourage students to consider primary and secondary sources for more indepth information and as better resources on a topic. However, this site is a starting point.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Easy to navigate and understand. Historical items were clearly written and generally complete.
The appearance of the beginning page, though standard, was too cluttered with commerical material, some of it flashing or scrolling, about books, teaching jobs, and on-line reference and book sellers.