Encyclopaedia of the First World War ★★★★☆
The Spartacus encyclopaedia contains the following sections: Chronology, Outbreak of War, Countries, Allied Armed Forces, Important Battles, Technology, Political Leaders, British Home Front, Military Leaders, Life in the Trenches, Trench System, Trench War, Soldiers, War Heroes, Medals, War at Sea, War in the Air, Pilots, Aircraft, War Artists, Cartoonists and Illustrators, War Poets, Journalists, Newspapers and Journals, Novelists, Women at War, Women’s Organisations, Weapons and Machines, Inventors and the War, Theatres of War, and War Statistics.
The World War I Document Archive (BYU) ★★★★☆
An important source of links to primary documents, such as treaties and personal recollections
The Great War ★★★★☆
This interactive UK National Archives Learning Curve presentation provides six different investigations that will tell the story of the Great War – the First World War, 1914-18. The sources in these investigations have been chosen to highlight the role of important events, or communications from individuals that were key to the war.
Britain 1906 – 1918 ★★★★☆
This interactive UK National Archives Learning Curve exhibition provides six galleries studying the varied life of the British people in 1906-18, plus a seventh gallery devoted to review and revision.
The Great War (PBS) ★★★★☆
Site includes interviews, maps, a timeline, and brief summaries of the series’ episodes
The Great War Society 1914-1918 ★★★★☆
A site for students and researchers that features numerous links to WWI topics
Eyewitness to History: World War One ★★★★☆
Commercial site that features eyewitness accounts of a few key WWI events, such as the assassination of Francis Ferdinand and a German U-Boat attack.
History 20 ★★★★☆
The Saskatchewan Social Studies Curriculum has developed a “resource hot sheet” dealing with topics identified in the History 20 (Modern World History) curriculum. Their colorful classroom guide for World War I includes several lesson plans and activities.
David Lloyd George ★★★★☆
David Lloyd George became the British Prime Minister at the height of WWI and held that office until 1922. This online exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of his death and focuses on both public and private aspects of his life.
HELLFIRE CORNER – The Great War: 1914 – 1918 ★★★☆☆
Informative English perspective on WWI battles
Trenches on the Web ★★★☆☆
Informative multimedia site with articles, a library, a timeline, and a searchable database
The Great War (Pitt) ★★★☆☆
Has a detailed list of WWI-related Web sites and literary accounts of the war
Age of Hope (PBS) ★★★☆☆
This PBS site includes interesting first-hand accounts of life in the early 20th century
Influenza 1918 (PBS) ★★★☆☆
This site focuses on the disastrous influenza outbreak in America and features an interactive map, primary documents, and more.
Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides, Activities, and more
GCSE History Pages
BBC’s “Bitesize” history provides extensive coverage of every era of British history. Articles are supplemented with short quizzes to test reading comprehension. Site is largely text-based, but does include some historical images.
Life in the Trenches
This is a decision-making activity where students play the role of a British soldier in 1914. You must be a paid subscriber in order to access material.
World War I: A Soldiers Record – What Can You Tell?
This snapshot focuses on a Scottish World War I soldier, Donald Campbell. The main task requires pupils to decide whether he was a ‘good solider’. This snapshot does not give a broad history of World War I; instead, it personalizes the conflict by helping pupils find out what happened to one solider. (This snapshot can form part of studies for Scheme of Work Unit 18, and could also be a valuable activity for Modern World GCSE groups investigating the First World War.)
BBC History: Western Front Animation
Pinpoint key locations along the Western Front, watch the general movements of both sides and view the battles of Ypres, Verdun and the Somme in more detail.
BBC History Trials: Wars and Conflicts
Discover more about the personal experience of battle. For instance, make a virtual visit to the Somme and follow the development of weapons through the ages.
BBC History: World War I Movies – The Human Experience
This BBC multimedia production involves contemporary photographs, dramatised diary readings and interviews with veterans exploring key themes of World War One. Each chapter may take a couple of minutes to download the first time you view it, so please be patient.
The League of Nations Photo Archive
The League of Nations Photo Archive is a newly announced resource that is sponsored jointly by the Center for the Study of Global Change, the United Nations Library, and the Indiana University Libraries. The League of Nations Overview of PhotoCollections organizes the photos into groups: Personalities, Assemblies, Councils, Delegations, Commissions, Conferences, the Secretariat, the Permanent Court of International Justice, the Bureau International du Travail, and miscellaneous photos.
British Art of the First World War
This site by the Imperial War Museums hosts an annotated and carefully curated gallery of wartime art. See the bottom of the page to download a list of discussion quests and classroom activies.
BBC History: 1916 Easter Uprising
The 1916 Easter Rising and the War of Independence that followed in 1919-21 transformed the political landscape in Ireland. You can explore the events leading up to 1916, the Insurrection itself and its aftermath, through essays, photographs, sound archive, music and newspapers from the period.
History on the Net has a section on the Titanic that asks “Why did the Titanic sink?”. This site also looks at many aspects of the ship and includes a worksheet, a bibliography and a “further information” section.
Free 20th Century History Quizzes
Learn fascinating facts about our twentieth century. Each quiz selects 20 questions at random from a total set of 600, therefore you can play an unlimited number of times. Quiz can be hard to view in some browsers.
Brief Review in Global History and Geography: Document Based Essays and Practice Tests
PH@School’s Brief Review in Global History and Geography Web site provides multiple-choice questions from actual Regents exams. You can also practice your test-taking skills on document-based essay questions (DBQs), with the option of e-mailing answers directly to your teacher for review.