Module 7: Creating Total War

What sorts of mobilization efforts did the Powers make when the War turned out longer than planned? How did these efforts differ by country and were some more successful than others?


  • Strachan, The First World War, TBD

  • Feldmann, Army, Industry, Labor, introduction and conclusion

  • Vascik, The Hindenburg Program and Food Crisis in Germany

  • other readings TBD

Watch one or all of the videos:

Participate in the Discussion Forum:

  1. List three salient facts that you learned from your reading and viewing of the material above.

  2. On my Great War blog, do a category search for the term “Mobilization” and read the posts that come up. Comment on something from one of the posts that strikes you as interesting.

  3. After you have completed all the activities in this module, post to the “What I still have questions about” link. (You can find my responses to the questions from Module 6 here.)

View my lectures: 

  • The Hindenburg Plan (pdf)

  • The German Food Crisis (pdf)

  • Comparative mobilizations (pdf)

Write a brief reflective essay on one of the following:

  • What can we learn from German economic mobilization about the complexities of modern capitalist economies?

  • Compare the various mobilization strategies of the combatant nations.

  • What long-term effects did wartime mobilization have on the societies and economies of the combatant nations?

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