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. This week’s documentary, The Stillwell Road: The Burmese Campaign in the Second World War, was produced in 1945 and gives a very good account of the typically unspoken campaign in the jungles of Burma. This nostalgic documentary uses recently captured footage from the campaign and provides a good overall understanding of why and how the campaign was waged.
Ireland has a long and proud military past. This national archive has a wealth of online materials that are particularly useful for anyone interested in the Irish “road to independence”. The online collection sponsors a wide variety of materials from maps, pamphlets, photographs, drawings, plans, and other military documents. The archive also has a useful navigation feature which makes the site easily to navigate (unlike many government archives).
The new exhibition at the Canadian War Museum, 11 Women Facing War, reveals through photographs and first hand accounts, personalized stories about the toll of war. The women who are featured come from many of the world’s current and most recent war zones.
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Need a quick reference to the chaotic warfare in 15th and 16th century Italy? This blog shares ideas on how to teach the topic of early modern Italian wars and provides a useful quick reference sheet to help make sense of it all. These cheat sheets will help students understand the basic statistics, geographical scope, and other bits of data about a conflict or series of conflicts. The cheat sheets also raise an important pedagogical question: What information should an instructor deem critical enough to include and what should be omitted? Although all historical educators have to deal with such issues in their teaching work, the problem is enhanced significantly when you only have a single page to display meaningful information.
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