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World War 1: in wider perspective
It started on 28 July 1914 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia but it quickly escalated into a European and then a global war. It was the first ‘total war’ of the industrial era, a phrase attributed to the German General, Erich Ludendorff. It lasted for more than four years.
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World War 2: in wider perspective
The Second World War comprised many different, interlocking wars. In the Far East, conflict exploded when Japan invaded China in 1937, then widened into a vast war between the Empire of Japan and the United States and its allies from December 1941 until Japan’s surrender in August 1945.
Changing Europe: European decisions and European dilemmas
This Historiana unit sets the European Union in its historical context and enables students to understand that Europe faces, and has always faced, dilemmas that require decisions.
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The Cold War: the long peace?
The world that emerged from World War II in 1945 was almost unrecognisable from the one of only six years earlier. The conflict left a wake of immense human and material destruction from which it would take years to recover.
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Old fears and new threats: Western European defence negotiations
How revealing are the negotiations over European defence 1948-1954 about the hopes and fears of the people involved?
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Opening Europe's borders: border controls in a (post-)Schengen world
How did the migrant crisis shake the foundations and principles of the European Union?
Learning Activities
Would you like to play in the orchestra?
Discover the attitude that Mussolini kept toward the press, starting from his speech to the newspapers editors on 10th October 1928.
Learning Activities
Perpetrators or victims?
How should we remember the camp and commemorate its victims, although many of those interned were accused of perpetrating crimes in the Nazi era?
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A Guide for Teacher Training

Wellcome Collection. CC BY. Found via Europeana.
Together with Europeana, EuroClio developed a teacher training guide ”How to use online tools to promote historical thinking?” This guide is designed for teacher trainers to challenge and support their trainees or colleagues to create, adapt and use eLearning Activities that promote historical thinking using the Historiana eLearning Environment and Europeana’s Source Collections. The guide includes practical information on how to set up a workshop, a set of ready to use teacher challenges to create eLearning activities, and various types of support material.
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Build your own eLearning Activities. Using tools specifically designed for history education
A new feature of Historiana, which is now available in beta version, is the eLearning Activity Builder. With this Activity Builder, you can create eLearning Activities in your own language, by using and rearranging building blocks specifically designed for history education practice. We are in the process of testing and making improvements, and therefore welcome feedback. You can test the features by clicking on "e-Activity Builder" in the top menu. If you are willing to help with testing please express your interest by sending an email to testteam@historiana.eu .
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Historiana works best using Chrome as browser. Download Chrome now for the best user's experience
Although it is our ambition to develop Historiana as a webapplication that works well on all modern browsers and on tablets as well as laptops and PC's, we know that at the moment, some issue occur that are browser specific. Therefore, we recommend you to use Google Chrome as browser to get the best user experience, especially when you want to try out the eLearning Activity Builder. You can download Google Chrome for free at https://www.google.com/chrome/ .
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The development of historical content and teaching and learning resources is done by a team of professional volunteers. In order for these teams to develop the resources that are most helpful for you as history educators, we are assessing your needs via a running survey. The results of this survey are discussed during each development meeting and provide evidence on the basis of which the teams set their priorities. If you have specific requests or suggestions, you can also contact us directly.
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