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"The advantages to British society by the impact of World War 1 far outweighed the disadvantages" is an interpretation that will be discussed.

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"The advantages to British society by the impact of World War 1 far outweighed the disadvantages" is an interpretation that will be discussed. The evidence for and against this interpretation will be discussed, followed by a conclusion on this interpretation. The first two sections are about Politics and the War effort. Source B4 supports the view of the war having a good impact of British society as during the war the Labour party gained in the British Government. This was a good thing for Britain as the Liberals had been exposed as abandoners of Liberalism, as they stopped some of the basics principles like free trade and voluntary Military service. The previous government had now been exposed as untrustworthy, and now a new government was stepping in. Getting rid of an untrustworthy government can only be good for Britain. However Britain turning its back on liberalism poses its risks as many people would question why the allies are facing a country completely opposed to liberalism when they are turning their back on some liberal policies themselves. (E.g. Source A5, which was written sarcastically by Harold Bing, saying "freedom it is a small sacrifice... to give up one's personal liberty". This source shows that some people were still not willing to fight in the war.) Taking this non-liberal route too far would have made people question if Britain was that much different from Germany. ...read more.

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This adds to the comments of source C2, as it made Women felt that they were working for their country and helping the soldiers on the warfront, even though they were not directly fighting in the war themselves. This also promoted patriotism, which obviously would be an advantage to Britain. Source C4 shows that it must have worked, as it shows an substantial increase in women who were employed in Metal and Timber trades, chemical industries, food, drink, tobacco trades and Government services. Source C5(ii) gives proof that women got fair pay, as Shawyer says that "girls earned ten times my pay as a full corporal". These sources show that Britain was becoming a more liberal country, and is now fairer on women than it was pre-war. However, the downsides of the war are shown in Source C5 (i) which shows a report from the Daily Mail, stating that women now had to go out on their own or with a lady friend, as the men were on the war front. ("Formally she would have never had her evening meal...in company of a man friend") This shows that many loved ones were missed during the war, and how things changed without them. This is showing the horrors of war, as a soldier's loved ones would not know if they are truly safe until a soldier comes home. ...read more.

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more money was made by the working class, meaning less poverty, meaning people led healthier lifestyles. These advantages were mainly short-term, as the soldiers would come back and most of them would take their jobs back. However women getting the vote was a big advantage, as at this time most countries in Europe gave women the vote. The disadvantages caused by British society were that many people were missing their loved ones, which quite obviously is the most upsetting thing about war, and many people would be willing to sacrifice any freedom they have as long as they could contact their loved ones. This would however be resolved for most people after the war as most of the soldiers came home. Also there was the social change that religion's place in society was less in the 20th Century, however I believe that this interpretation would still have applied if the war hadn't have happened, due to the advancements in science during this period and people being more aware what our world is made of . This interpretation is probably more true today than when it was before the war, as the war made Britain a more liberal country by giving women the vote, and I would agree with it now. However just after the war the human toll was very large, and would thus the interpretation would not have been true then. Dan Roberts ...read more.

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