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Chapter Assessment Internet Activity

Want to show what you know? Use the Internet and the preselected Web sites provided below to gather additional information, broaden your knowledge, and complete the end-of-chapter Internet activity.

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Economic Effects of War, Disease, and Disaster

The bubonic plague and the Hundred Years' War both had a major impact on the economy of medieval Europe. During the plague, populations fell, trade declined, prices rose, farmland was abandoned, and workers demanded higher wages. Today, disease, natural catastrophes, and war still have a great impact on an economy. Work with a team to research and present the effect of war, disease, or natural catastrophe on a country's economy.

Use the Internet, magazines, or books to research the topic. You might choose a war such as the U.S. Civil War, World War II, or the Vietnam War. You might choose a disease such as heart disease or cancer. You might choose a natural disaster such as a hurricane or flood.

  • As part of your presentation, make a graph that shows statistical information about the impact of the event you have chosen on the economy.
  • Compare your team's event with those of other teams to determine their relative economic impacts.

Wars and Conflict: World War II http://www.bbc.co.uk/ history/ worldwars/ wwtwo/
Extensive BBC site on World War II. Includes images, timelines, audio files, biographies, and more.

The History Place: U.S. Civil War 1861–1865 http://www.historyplace.com/ civilwar/
Detailed timeline of the Civil War, with images of historical figures, destroyed cities, and strategic battles.