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"Animals in the Great War" - Study materials
With a donation of 5 € you could access the "Biblioteca di Se", a special section of the association Se website dedicated to book reviews and pick up one of them related to this topic.
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"Animals in the Great War" - Methodological guide
A donation of 10 € will entitle you to receive a methodological guide to main sources and suggestions on searching sources on the Web.
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"Animals in the Great War" - Interdisciplinary guide
With 20 € you will receive a guide to plan lessons which favors geographical, linguistic and disciplinary crossovers because teachers of different disciplines (i.e. history, literature, and linguistics) are encouraged to work together in order to develop multidisciplinary courses for their classes.
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"Animals in the Great War" - E-learning session
A donation of 60 € will enable you to access a 3 hour e-learning session on the theoretical and practical aspects of developing a didactic seminar dedicated to the animals in war. Think about it? A unique experience to share information with colleagues from all over the world.
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"Animals in the Great War" - eBook launch invitation
A donation of 100 € let to participate in the webinar that the cultural association Se will organize in December 2017 for the launch of the ebook "Animals in the Great War".
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"Animals in the Great War" - Sponsorship
If you are an organization committed to environmental protection and animal rights or a cultural foundation, and you think it's worth supporting this project, support it! Your donation will receive our public gratitude and your logo will be printed on the e-Book's fourth cover.
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About this project

WW1 EBOOK ANIMALS A free eBook to investigate the war and study its history from the standpoint of the animals that took part in it
Task Minimum Optimum
Professional work - Research
€ 3000 Completion of research in order to realize the eBook
€ 3.000
Professional work - Editing
€ 2000 are required for the drafting and revision of the Italian text
€ 2.000
Professional Work - Translation
€ 2500 will cover the cost of translation into English and text revision
€ 2.500
Material Minimum Optimum
Updates to the first edition of the eBook
An extra budget of € 2500 will enable the annual publication for three years (2019, 2020, 2021) of new specific topics as updates to the first edition of the eBook.
€ 2.500
Total € 3.000 € 10.000
Necessary
Supplemental

General information

This project took shape in 2016 during a seminar dedicated to the presence of animals at the front. Presented to an audience of 500 secondary school students and teachers, the topic was enthusiastically received. Students experienced for the first time a different point of view in First World War studies, while teachers expressed much interest in having more tools at their disposal to refresh their approach history teaching.

“Animals in the Great War” would meet the needs of both teachers and students by providing the former with updated references to be used in developing lessons in the classroom, and the latter with a methodological support to carry out individual work at home.
By looking at the First World War from the standpoint of the animals that took part in the war, thanks also to the different sensibility that today allows us to consider them no longer as mere commodities, offers some undeniable educational advantages:

1. to emancipate the Great War from textbook narrative, often exclusively focused on the European fronts and the defeats or victories of single nations;

2. to favor geographical, linguistic and disciplinary crossovers because teachers of different disciplines (i.e. history, literature, and linguistics) are encouraged to work together in order to develop multidisciplinary courses for their classes;

3. to provide the means to shift the focus to subaltern subjectivities, encouraging a broadening of horizons, not only of the knowledge of a single historical event, but also in looking more widely at the facts that surround us.

Description of the project. Main features, strengths and differentials.

"Gli animali nella Grande Guerra"/"Animals in the Great War" will be a bilingual eBook in Italian and English, and available for free download from the Se website.

The eBook will consist of an introductory section dedicated to the general theme and the study tools required for a multidisciplinary teaching approach; and a methodology section dedicated to specific topics such as “the presence of dogs in the war medical service”, “the use of cats in gas detection”, “the employment of pigeons in espionage operations”.

Main sources and suggestions on searching sources on the Web will be provided in the methodology section. A central role will be reserved for the free resources already catalogued in the “Europeana 1914-1918” database, especially photographic resources, which have an immediate impact in attracting students’ attention and could be easily used in developing lessons and aiding individual study. In addition, certain consideration will be given to the wide range of materials listed in “Europeana 1914-1918” although they are not available free of charge.

Why this is important

This project is addressed to teachers and students of secondary schools. The standpoint of the animals that took part in the war will be a useful tool to investigate the war and study its history. It will offer some undeniable educational advantages, especially because it will focus on subaltern subjectivities, encouraging a broadening of horizons, not only of the knowledge of a single historical event, but also in looking more widely at the facts that surround us.

Goals of the crowdfunding campaign

In order to produce this eBook, the calculated minimum budget ranges from €7.500,00 up to a maximum of € 10.000,00.
€ 7.500,00 will cover the cost of the professional work required:
- € 3.000,00 researcher,
- € 2.500,00 translator,
- € 2.000,00 copy-editor.
The layout will be created using the open-source platform Booktype, so extra budgetary resources will not be required.
Instead, a budget of € 10.000,00, will enable the annual publication for three years (2019, 2020, 2021) of new specific topics as updates to the first edition of the eBook. These will also be available for free download from the association’s website.

Team and experience

Our team consists of three professionals: a historian, a translator, and a copy-editor.
All collaborate periodically with the cultural association Se and two of them (historian and translator) carry out academic activities at the Universities of Venice and Bologna

Social commitment