The cost of war

Lesson Rationale

In this activity, students will use primary source material from across Europe to examine the aftermath of World War One and to weigh up the relevant significance of the cost of war according to different countries.

Please note that some of the images are of bodies – the images are not degrading or gruesome but they are genuine. Please consider the nature of your presentation of these contents and theresponses of the students.

Key questions

  • What do these sources suggest were some of the costs of World War One?
  • How far do the costs weigh up against the causes?
  • What was the true cost of the war?