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This resource provides a timeline that teachers can use when breaking down the rise of bio-weapons and the historical instances of when biological warfare has been used.


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Bio-weapons Chemical Warfare Biological Warfare



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2013-02-04.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 1
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

FRONTLINE's "Plague War" was first aired in 1998 and investigated “the ever-increasing threat of biological weapons in today's world, focusing on the rise and fall of the Soviet Union's … bio-weapons program.” This resource is a brief timeline of some historical events involving bio warfare from World War I through the airdate of the program. The timeline includes information about various programs and policies, but is very centered around Russia’s role. In addition, there is no information from the last 15 years. So while this resource is useful as a starting point, or as an anchor for specific study on a very specific time period, it seems that some additional work would need to be done to make this more widely useful in the classroom.
Karla Wolff
June 17, 2011

It is a very interesting resource and goes into some detail about the different biological warfare that has been happening since WWI. I really like how in to detail it goes about the different programs, policies, etc that have happened since the war. However I was disappointed that it just glides over WWI where biological warfare was common. Although the information is still useful and still be used it is also over a decade out of date and so does not include more recent developments. It would have also been nice to include visuals to make it more approachable.

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