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Gaza tunnels: Tunnel warfare is impractical and often ineffective; it's also terrifying. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue Israel’s military operation in Gaza until Hamas’ tunnel network in Gaza is destroyed.

Gaza tunnels: Tunnel warfare is impractical and often ineffective; it's also terrifying.

While many of the airstrikes against Gaza and many of the civilian casualties in Gaza over the last few weeks seem to have little to do with tunnels, it’s clear that Hamas’ underground network—at least 23 tunnels with 66 access points have been uncovered so far—seems to weigh heavily on Israeli policymakers and has provided the main rationale for continuing the operation. Joshua Keating is a staff writer at Slate focusing on international affairs and writes the World blog. In an excellent essay for the Washington Post, historian Gerard DeGroot looks at the history of tunnels in warfare, citing examples from the Roman Empire to World War I to Vietnam. History of soldiers' battle gear: Thom Atkinson photo project "Soldiers' Inventories" The Vault is Slate's history blog.

History of soldiers' battle gear: Thom Atkinson photo project "Soldiers' Inventories"

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. U.K. photographer Thom Atkinson spent nine months working on this project, titled “Soldiers’ Inventories.” In it, he assembled 13 groups of artifacts: the weapons, clothing, and personal effects that British soldiers would have carried while fighting in conflicts from the Battle of Hastings (1066) to the present day.

Atkinson’s website contains an expanded portfolio of these images. Image courtesy Thom Atkinson/Gallery Stock. The 1931 Histomap: The entire history of the world distilled into a single map/chart. The Vault is Slate's history blog.

The 1931 Histomap: The entire history of the world distilled into a single map/chart.

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Gateway. Revolutionary War: Document shows orders for officers recruiting new soldiers for the Continental Army. The Vault is Slate's new history blog.

Revolutionary War: Document shows orders for officers recruiting new soldiers for the Continental Army.

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. 6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents. The Common Core Learning Standards describe the importance of teaching students how to comprehend informational text.

6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

They are asked to read closely, make inferences, cite evidence, analyze arguments and interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text. Primary source documents are artifacts created by individuals during a particular period in history. This could be a letter, speech, photograph or journal entry. If you're looking to integrate social studies into your literacy block, try out one of these resources for primary source documents. 1. The National Archives is a fantastic resource. 2. Also run by the National Archives, DocsTeach is full of activities for educators. Invitation to World Literature. Greek, by Euripides, first performed in 405 BCE The passionate loves and longings, hopes and fears of every culture live on forever in their stories.

Invitation to World Literature

Textbook Files - Ms. Aunet's Social Studies Website. World History Teachers Blog. Wow!

World History Teachers Blog

If teenagers today think they have a rough life with high school and college, they should be thankful that they did not live in the Middle Ages. That's because almost all teenagers in medieval times, rich and poor, were bound over to work in someone else's home for seven or eight years! According to this interesting story in BBC News Magazine,"many parents of all classes sent their children away from home to work as servants or apprentices - only a small minority went into the church or to university. " Why did the system develop? Europe after the French Revolution: Restoration and the revolution...

World History~~Fr Rev & Napoleonic Era - Miss Hammond's Classes. Europe after the French Revolution: Restoration and the revolution... World History: Patterns of Interaction - Free Textbook Handouts. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt & HISTORY® Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and HISTORY® have formed an exclusive partnership to create social studies curriculum that connects students to history through virtual experiences that are energizing, inspiring, and memorable.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt & HISTORY®

Combining the exceptional scholarship of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt with the experiential multimedia assets of HISTORY®, we’ve created a new arena in the classroom. Together, we invite you to be a part of history. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt & HISTORY® in your classroom Social studies curriculum infuses HISTORY® assets, connecting students to content iBooks® Textbooks bring social studies to life with anytime, anywhere mobile access Motivating product resources enhance classroom instruction and inspire students Learn more about Houghton Mifflin Harcourt & HISTORY® Thirty Years War 1618-1648. The Thirty Years' Wars Most textbooks refer to two different series of events as the "Thirty Years' War.

Thirty Years War 1618-1648

One occurs in the first half of the 17th century and the other in the middle of the 18th century. History - British History in depth: Black Death. Imaging Japanese History. Medieval Japan: An Introductory Essay by Ethan Segal, Michigan State University Introduction Medieval Japan may call to mind honorable sword-wielding samurai and stealthy ninja assassins.

Imaging Japanese History

These figures, often seen in popular movies and games about pre-modern Japan, are only loosely based on reality. In fact, many different types of people helped shape the medieval period. Millennium - The Fifteenth Century.

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Medieval. Ten Beautiful Medieval Maps. FC88. World History.