Case Study: Second World War

The Second World War is a cross-regional case study.  It is also an example of a war where there is total mobilisation of human and economic resources in some of the belligerent states.

Due to the large amount of content for this war, we have divided up the ATL on The Second World War so that there are separate pages for each of causes, practices and effects of the war.

1. Second World War: Causes Part I (ATL)

Case study: The Second World WarThis page contains ATL to help students understand the causes of The Second World War.Essay writing practice for this case study as well as ideas for videos and how to...

2. Second World War - Causes Part II Asia (ATL)

This page continues with ATL on the causes of the Second World War - from the impact of Japanese militarism. It also summarises the key themes that caused the war.Remember December 7th!, by Allen Saalburg,...

3. Second World War: Practices (ATL)

The Second World War is a case study of a war between states. It is also cross-regional case study. It is an example of a war where you can analyse and evaluate the relative importance of each theatre...

4. Second World War: Effects (ATL)

Guiding questions:What was the situation in Europe and Asia at the end of the Second World War?What were the economic costs of the Second World War?What were the political and ideological effects of the...

5. Second World War: Essay planning for Paper 2

Second World War essay planningThis page contains essay plans and essay writing activities on the Second World War. For comparative essays involving the Second World War, please go to the comparative...

6. Second World War: Graded student examples

On this page you will find sample essays on this topic, written by students. There are also some suggested activities that you could do with the essays as well.This essay was written by a final year student....

7. Second World War: Videos and activities

On this page you will find some suggestions and links to videos that can be used as well as teacher notes with suggestions as to how the videos can be used with students. Questions for some of the videos...

Causes and effects of 20th Century wars: Comparative essay planning

This page gives some suggestions for activities and plans which require students to compare two wars.Refer back to the page Essay writing for Paper Two for hints for students on how to structure comparative...

Causes and effects of 20th Century wars: Graded student examples - comparative essays

On this page you will find sample essays on this topic, written by students and graded by examiners. We have also suggested activities that can be done with these essays.Essay One

8. Second World War: Extra resources

On these pages you can find suggestions for useful websites as well as for historians' texts that students might find enjoyable to develop their understanding further.Also see this page for resources...

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