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.
- 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
- Comment section is open to the public
- Risks trivializing the Holocaust when discussing starvation; have class members weigh in on this point
- 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