How Far Did Ww1 Change Life In Britain

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How far did WW1 change life in Britain?Lauren CannonWorld War One certainly changed life in Britain, each class was affected by the war which they though would be over by Christmas. The shock was that it lasted for four long years where the men at war weren't the only ones suffering, there are many factors that affected this such as food and women.There were issues with food for the people in Britain, within less than year there were already problems of rising prices. Asquith admitted that over the period of a year (Feb 1914-1915), the prices of flour, sugar and coal had risen due to the difficulty to insuring trading ships from foreign countries. The British Prime Minister assured the ...view middle of the document...

H.E. Morgan of W.H. Smith & Sons suggested the phrase 'Business as usual' as it would keep business moving and hopefully keep the morale up of the British. Over time the British became de-sensitized to death and war, the first ten casualties were publicised as much as the other 750,000 that passed. Once news that family or friends had been killed, it was seen as a matter of fact. Censorship stopped the people at home knowing the truth about life in the trenches as well as the extent of the German air attacks to stop any chance of a rebellion in Britain. Censorship and media seem to not affect life in Britain during the Great War because they didn't know any important information from the front frontier of the trenches and the men at War didn't want to worry their families so kept their letters mainly positive.Women were a key factor in ensuring Britain would run efficiently whilst men travelled to fight in WW1. At the start of the war, women wanted to their bit for the war and feel patriotic so they knitted socks, waistcoats, mitts etc. and sent them to the trenches where the men used them to clean their rifles and wipe their plates and cups. Before the war, women of lower classes earned around 1/3 of the male wage and the upper class weren't educated for a job as their function was society. Many women moved to work in factoriesand workshops as they needed to make munitions to send to war, all the men who had once worked in the factories were now at war. The Daily Mail listed 'some of the new occupations for women' which included tramway conductors, ticket collectors, milk-delivers, cleaners and shell-makers; women took these jobs as the working class males had gone to war. Asquith was the British Prime Minister at the start of the war; he didn't want to use women to replace the jobs that the men had left for the war. Lloyd George took over as Prime Minister from Asquith and was more than happy to let women take the male roles, the women were finding no vent for their longing to serve and help the war effort. Women's employment began to grow...

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