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Content description VCHHK142

History / Levels 9 and 10 / Historical Knowledge / The modern world and Australia / Australia at war (1914 – 1945): World War I
Content description
Effects of World War I, with a particular emphasis on the changes and continuities brought to the Australian home front and society
  1. examining the effects of World War I in Europe such as the Treaty of Versailles, end of empires, economic and environmental destruction, loss of life, Spanish flu, new technologies, emergence of liberalism
  2. graphing the proportion of Australian servicemen who died during World War I, compared to that of other countries involved in the war
  3. explaining the effects of World War I, with a particular emphasis on Australia, such as the use of propaganda to influence the civilian population, the changing role of women, the conscription debate
  4. investigating examples of the war’s impact on Australia’s economy and society, for example, the development of the steel industry in Newcastle and the implementation of the War Precautions Act 1914
  5. identifying the groups who opposed conscription, for example, trade unionists, Irish Catholics, and the grounds for their objections
  6. studying the first and second referenda on conscription, including the division within the Labor Party over this issue
  7. explaining the treatment of people of German descent during the war, for example, their classification as ‘enemy aliens’ and placement in internment camps, as well as their depiction in government propaganda
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