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Friday Roundup: News, Archives, and Useful Links on the Study of War and Society – July 20 2012


The Friday Roundup is a weekly feature that offers a look at news, archive, and worthwhile links around the web on the study of War and Society.

Research

Korean War Records

The official site for the Korean War Records (concerning American servicemen and women) is one of the most useful sites for any research on the Korean War. The Canadian equivalent unfortunately does not come close to having as much information readily available to view and is difficult to navigate unless you know exactly what you are looking for. The official American site not only contains digital copies of primary sources but also acts as a hub of other useful links that are very useful for anyone looking to do research on the Korean War.

News

Canadian soldiers get pins, banners to mark War of 1812 anniversary

The Canadian Federal government is continuing to push the 200 year anniversary of the War of 1812 authorizing all branches of the Canadian Forces to adorn a pin on their uniforms commemorating the War of 1812 for the following 3 years. The article points out that the Conservatives, despite the funding and effort being thrown into commemorating the war, are facing an uphill battle in gaining interest from Canadians, especially outside Ontario. Will these efforts be effective in getting more Canadians interested in the War of 1812 or will the subject fall back into obscurity after the celebrations have concluded?

General Interests

10 Tips for Getting Started Teaching with Twitter

The emergence of social media and especially Twitter is beginning to have a big impact on how subjects, especially history, are being taught in classrooms across the country. The ability to engage students in academic discussions outside the confines of the classroom using a popular social media site is an invaluable tool for teachers to have their students become more actively involved in the learning process. This article and interview transcript gives a good overall analysis of the roll Twitter can play in the classroom as well as good advice on how to introduce Twitter into a current curriculum.


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