Defining Moments

The Internet Revolution

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The Internet has permanently altered the way people communicate, learn, and interact. From its infancy in American military labs to its current and future uses as a political, cultural, and social tool, we are only beginning to realize its power and potential for innovation and change.

Defining Moments: The Internet Revolution presents an authoritative account of the origins and progression of  the Internet. It also explores technology’s lasting impact on America’s political and cultural landscape. The volume is organized into three distinct sections—Narrative Overview, Biographies, and Primary Sources—which offer a one-stop resource for student research.

  • The Narrative Overview section provides a detailed, factual account of what led up to the creation of the Internet, the events and issues during the era, and its legacy in American society
  • The Biographies section presents valuable biographical background on leading figures associated with the creation and continuing development of the Internet
  • The Primary Sources section collects a wide variety of pertinent primary source materials from the era, including official documents, song lyrics, memoirs, editorials, and other important works

Other notable features include a glossary of important people, places, and terms; a detailed chronology featuring page references to relevant sections of the narrative; an annotated listing of selected sources for further study; an extensive general bibliography; and a subject index.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 1/4 x 9 1/4
  • 240 pages
  • 30-40 photographs and other illustrations
  • Narrative Overview section: Provides a detailed, factual account of the “defining moment”
  • Biographies section: Presents valuable biographical background on leading figures associated with the event
  • Primary Sources section: Collects a wide variety of pertinent primary source materials from the era
  • Research Topics: Proposes a list of topics suitable for conducting historical research and writing reports, a valuable starting point for student research
  • Source Attribution: Contains references for primary sources and other quoted material that guide users to other historical research resources
  • Glossary of Important People, Places, and Terms: Gives brief definitions for the many terms used in the book
  • Chronology: Highlights the related events in chronological order, along with “see” references that direct the reader to pages in the narrative with additional information
  • Sources for Further Study: Provides annotated citations for selected sources that are most useful to students
  • Bibliography: Lists books, periodicals, web sites, and videos consulted in preparing the volume
  • Subject Index: Includes people, places, organizations, events, and other topics

Research Topics

Each volume in the Defining Moments series covers a wide range of topics that students can use as starting points for further research. Potential research topics for Defining Moments: The Internet Revolution are below:

  • Explain the early origins of the Internet, including its roots in the Cold War
  • Describe the leading engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs of the early Internet
  • Review the evolution of computer technology and data networks
  • Create a guide to how the modern-day Internet works
  • Explain the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web, and how the development of the Web has changed the way we use the Internet
  • Analyze the economic and cultural impact of the Internet in the United States and around the world
  • Discuss business developments related to the Internet and other new technology
  • Explore how the Web has changed Americans’ buying habits and related businesses
  • Describe a program or an app that you would find useful—define what it would do and how you would use it
  • Write a story in which the Internet is no longer available, and incorporate the effects that would have on society
  • Investigate viruses and other threats to Internet users
  • Study how the Web has changed communication techniques and argue whether the changes are good or bad for society
  • Summarize the future of information-sharing technologies in the Internet age
  • Describe how the Internet and other technology have changed education practices, and debate whether these changes have improved your education


“If you are looking for any type of information on the Internet and the way it was developed, look no further. … This will be a most welcome addition to any middle school or high school library. Recommended. ”

—Library Media Connection, Mar ’06

“The short biographies of individuals such as Tim Berners Lee and Google cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page offer an interesting look into the personalities behind the technologies. … This book will appeal to those interested in the behind the scenes view of the Internet’s development.”

—Choice, Dec ’05

“Due to the straightforward approach to this fascinating subject, I would highly recommend this title for public and high school libraries.”

—American Reference Books Annual, 2006

“This volume offers an excellent general overview of the history and development of the Internet.”

—Education Libraries, Summer ’05