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This generation which has not experienced warfare sometimes expresses a yearning for its excitement and finality. Perhaps as history teachers we have glorified war by our focus on victors, strategies, and wartime leaders. This activity is an attempt to balance this treatment of war with concern for the domestic consequences of nations going to war. It is particularly appropriate after studying the fall of Athens or Rome in World History, the US in the Civil War, Canada during World War I, and as a current issues lesson during times of international tension.
2. To develop analytical skills.
3. To develop awareness of the political and economic ramifications of war regardless of military outcome.
2. Compare circumstances and political consequences of war.
3. Analyze historical data to predict domestic consequences of a hypothetical Canadian war today.
When questioning strategies you might include why governments demanded these powers and why citizens surrendered their rights.
Would we willingly surrender these same rights during war?
Political violence, civil war.
Representative democracy overthrown by military dictators.
Debtors become slaves.
Loss of freedoms, such as freedom to criticize governments.
Intellectuals, "free thinkers," punished severely for "heresy."
Church gains power over regular governments.
Citizens sometimes killed for pleasure, other times for sacrifice.
High taxation to support armies.
Land seized from opponents.
Jews, Moslems, and "heretics" (Protestants) persecuted and killed.
Intellectuals, artists, and doctors persecuted.
Peasants become slaves to landowners.
Taxes on peasants rise sharply.
Peasants' freedom ended.
Numerous executions of opponents.
Parliament (representatives) overthrown by dictator.
New restrictions on trade to favor one monopoly.
Riots and violence.
Soldiers stationed in private homes.
Loss of rights to women.
Workers lose rights.
Loss of freedoms of speech and press.
Dictator's spies spy on citizens and opposition.
Soldiers drafted into army.
Raw materials taken for government.
War of 1812:
Government examines private mail and telegrams.
Military leaders allowed to arrest citizens without warrants.
Criminal rights suspended (habeas corpus, etc.).
Freedom of speech and the press ended by arrests and presidential orders.
Draft of citizens.
Government seizes private property.
Taxes raised to support war.
Unbacked paper money is printed
Increased taxes (first income tax).
Hate propaganda sponsored by government, led to persecution of citizens of German descent, Irish-American, and Jews.
Vigilante groups form to lynch labor leaders and pacifists.
Espionage Act gave strict punishment to those critical of war
censorship of mails.
Censorship of press; end to freedom of speech (Sedition Act).
Supreme Court grants government right to overthrow freedom of speech (US).
Selective Service Act created mandatory draft (US).
Intolerance led to brutal attacks on Black Americans (US).
Government sponsored hate propaganda.
Favored treatment for big business led to problems for smaller ones.
Japanese-Americans forced into concentration camps, lost their homes and property.
Labor unions lost rights.
Determine the degree of likelihood of each and categorize accordingly on your paper. You will be graded for effort and participation and also for participation in discussion of your results tomorrow.
Increased Canadian power internationally
Demagogues gaining power
Women being drafted
Private property seized by government
Increased covert activities
Rights of the accused (habeas corpus, etc.) suspended
Restrictions on trade
Anti- ******* propaganda
Persecution of minorities
Censorship of newspapers
Increased spying (wiretapping, etc.) on Canadian citizens
Riots in Canada
Increased military control over civilian government
Restrictions on freedom of speech
Oil shortage (or shortage of opponent's main export)
Government takeover of some industries (oil?)
Government control of economy (wages, prices, etc.)
Government overthrown by military dictator
Increased tolerance of minorities
Greater citizen involvement in government
More worker's rights
Political violence and assassinations
More money and higher inflation
Farm crisis and loss of farmland to large-scale farm operations
Increased alliance between government and big business
Increased government corruption
More secrecy in government
More openness in government
More tolerance of dissent
circle those consequences which you would not mind if they happened.