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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson B: Global Effects of a Total War

Activity 6: Total War

"The Great War" was unlike any war ever fought and was one of the most devastating conflicts in history, in terms of both economic and human costs. New technologies and advances in weaponry led to devastation on a scale never seen before. The war also took a toll on Europe's economy. Governments and civilians tried to balance nationalist and patriotic sentiments during the war with the reality of casualties and civilian hardships. Use the notes from your annotated timeline and this lesson to inform and support your constructed response.

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Constructed Response - Total War

To what extent was World War I a truly total war?

  • Describe the impact of the war on civilians and how they lived.
  • Explain how the war caused economic changes.
  • Include details and examples to support your answer.

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