Download our new iTunes U course and Multi-Touch Book on the First World War!

Whether you’re a school student or a WW1 enthusiast, you can now discover the different causes leading to the First World War with our new iTunes U course and Multi-Touch Book.


The book and related course, available on iTunes in both Dutch and English, use fascinating historical materials to bring the months and years before the outbreak of war into focus. Many of these sources are drawn from Europeana 1914-1918, our dedicated WW1 site which brings together hundreds of thousands of items related to the war from heritage institutions and members of the public across Europe. From postcards and political cartoons, to maps and propaganda, the story of the crisis is told from a whole range of voices and perspectives.

There are also plenty of interactive assignments you can complete to help you come to your own conclusions about how the war began. From studying handwritten letters between a German soldier and a young British woman, to creating your own factual timeline of events, you’ll practice the crucial skills any budding historian needs.



We hope you enjoy Europeana’s first Multi-Touch Book and iTunes U course. We’d love to hear about your experiences using it, so feel free to leave comments below!

Download the English Multi-Touch book and iTunes U course

Download the Dutch Multi-Touch book and iTunes U course


9 thoughts on “Download our new iTunes U course and Multi-Touch Book on the First World War!


  2. “Download our new iTunes U course and Multi-Touch Book on the First World War!”

    Kann ich das auch auf den PC laden und lesen?

  3. I agree with the earlier comment — it’s a pity the book is not available on Android devices. It looks interesting!

  4. Yes, by all means a PC version for all of us who are not afraid to look for information beyond the palm of the hand.

    1. Woops!

      I misread pod for pad. In any case, a multi-platform version (Java anyone?) would be greatly appreciated.

  5. This seems _really_ interesting. Unfortunately I don’t own an Ipad.
    Please release both apps as webapps (run in browser), so that you can reach all people.

  6. Also really disappointed – Is it not possible to make the book available to Android users or simply readable on a PC, even with fewer features? When you present the “Multi-Touch book” on this page, you should make it clear it is only readable on iPads…

  7. Please make this excellent resource available for everyone in an open and free format. It is simply not acceptable that such a resource is locked into the Apple ecosystem.

  8. Dear Readers,

    The Multi-Touch book and iTunes U course were developed together with EUROCLIO and Gwen Vergouwen, an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and Belgian history teacher.
    The project was part of Apple’s ADEs in Residence programme which places selected ADEs in some of the world’s leading museums, archives, science centers, and cultural organizations to develop innovative teaching and learning resources.
    In 2015 Programme edition Europeana submitted a project proposal on the topic of First World War which was open for application for all Apple Distinguished Educators in Europe. We chose to work with Gwen Vergouwen who spent a week at the Europeana’s and EUROCLIO’s offices to get familiar with the institutions and their content, meet theme experts and develop the story.

    We @Europeana are committed to encourage re-use of digital cultural content in various educational environments. Our first iTunes U project is one of our educational projects; other examples are Historiana and InventingEurope which use cultural collections in history and science & tech education.
    We are open for collaboration with other educational platforms if there is interest and opportunity.

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