Program or Course

HIS 697 Capstone Project

Academic Level at Time of Creation




Date of Creation

Fall 12-4-2022


The scholarship analyzing the home fronts of Germany and Austria-Hungary during the First World War has grown sharply in the past quarter-century. These studies revealed many details that were scarcely known to many historians and introduced perspectives of the home front that were largely ignored beforehand. The scholars highlighted in this analysis all provide discussions which have deepened our understanding of the war, like the German government's punishment of women for "sexual treason," the extent of Vienna's devastation caused by hunger and disease, and the relationship between theatre and Austrian identity. Overall, the recent scholarship on this subject has demonstrated that the First World War more exactly matched the term "total war" than any conflict before it and brought devastation to every person in German and Austro-Hungarian societies.



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