Unemployed men queued outside a depression soup kitchen, Chicago 1931

The economic impact of World War One was longlasting. Tentative economic growth in some parts of Europe collapsed after the stock market crash in New York in 1929. The Great Depression was marked by high unemployment and great hardship in Europe, America and around the globe. Germany was particularly hard hit by the Great Depression, paving the way for the rise of Nazism. In this learning pathway we will explore Europe and America during the interwar period, with a particular focus on economic history.

During this learning pathway you will watch one video lecture and complete several readings.



  • Learn about the Great Depression
  • Examine the new ideologies that developed after World War One