World War II, A War for Resources: Crash Course World History #220

What was the role of food in World War II? Examine Japan and Germany's pursuit of autarky and the acquisition of resources with a Crash Course World History video, which also addresses the varying ways that countries fighting in World War II fed their respective citizens and soldiers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Prompt class members to conduct further research about Japanese colonialism and German expansionism of the late 18th and early 19th centuries
  • Debate the video's contention that Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union was his biggest military misstep, or that hyper-nationalism is a response to globalization
  • Use the video as a model for a presentation that incorporates multiple concrete examples to support a central thesis
Classroom Considerations
  • Comment section is open to the public
  • Risks trivializing the Holocaust when discussing starvation; have class members weigh in on this point
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Offers a unique historical perspective to World War II that learners may not have considered before
  • Video is engaging for young historians and seasoned students alike
Cons
  • None