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Chronological Reasoning and Causation

War and Technology: What does technology do to war?

  1. Load Soldiers Wearing Gas Masks, c. 1917 in Main Image Viewer
  2. Load William Duncan's Account of German Bombing, Aug. 28, 1921 in Main Image Viewer
  3. Load Account from a Gas Victim, World War I, Nov. 4, 1918 in Main Image Viewer
  4. Load World War I "Local Marine Has Recovered," William Albert Sutton, Lockport, January 13, 1919 in Main Image Viewer
  5. Load United States E2 Submarine, 1915 in Main Image Viewer
  6. Load World War I Airplane, c. 1917 in Main Image Viewer
  7. Load United States Atlantic Fleet, Dreadnought Delaware Leading, n.d. in Main Image Viewer
  8. Load British Tank, France, July 1918 in Main Image Viewer
  9. Load Private James A. McGuire and a Machine Gun Crew of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, August 14, 1915 in Main Image Viewer
  10. Load World War II - Dead Animal Salvage Letter in Main Image Viewer
  11. Load Electrol Inc., N.Y., 1951 in Main Image Viewer
  12. Load S.S. General R.E. Callan in Main Image Viewer
  13. Load RMS Queen Mary & HMS Queen Elizabeth in Main Image Viewer
  14. Load World War II - Navigation Class in Main Image Viewer

Suggested Teaching Instructions

Setting the Stage
Introduce students to the role of technology in war using the following video:
Technology and Innovation


Learning Standards and Practices
10.5 UNRESOLVED GLOBAL CONFLICT (1914–1945): World War I and World War II led to geopolitical changes, human and environmental devastation, and attempts to bring stability and peace. (Standards: 2, 3, 4, 5; Themes: TCC, GEO, GOV, CIV, TECH, EXCH)
10.5b Technological developments increased the extent of damage and casualties in both World War I and World War II.
Ø Students will compare and contrast the technologies utilized in both World War I and World War II, noting the human and environmental devastation