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The British Government had to introduce many new ideas to rule effectively between 1914 and 1918, including restricting personal freedoms, considerable use of propaganda and rationing. Explain the effects of these policies on British People.

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Kayleigh Hay 11ms The British Government had to introduce many new ideas to rule effectively between 1914 and 1918, including restricting personal freedoms, considerable use of propaganda and rationing Explain the effects of these policies on the lives of the people in Britain between 1914 and 1918 The first world war, was the first war which directly affected the lives of people living in Britain at the time. In this essay I will be exploring the effects of wartime policies on the lives of women, children and men, and their home lives. I will also be looking at policies such as DORA, conscription and rationing. The major changes made by the war would have been severest for women. Most of the women in 1914 would not have worked, they would be housewives and a small minority may have had jobs doing domestic work. When the war broke out this all changed. Women now had become a major key in society and the running of Britain. As more men left to fight in war, more women were needed to take their jobs. A register of women for national service was created, thousands of women joined and were put to work in the factories. This was a big step for women has they would never been allowed to do work of this nature before. ...read more.


Now that the food was being rationed, Children became under nourished and suffered from malnutrition. This would have caused the children to become ill and would affect their home and school life. To combat this problem the Government introduced public canteens, where the children could get a good meal cheaply. This would have kept the children healthily and eased the pressure on the mothers who couldn't get good, healthy food for their children. As many men went away to fight in the war, they wouldn't have felt the impact of the war on Britain. But when they arrived home after the war they would have noticed huge changes. For example women were now pursuing professional careers such as teachers. Before the men went away to war, they were used to the women in their families being at home and looking after the children. Now they would have to get used to the fact that women were more independent and wanted to work. They would also of had to recognise that women had taken of their jobs and many would still be staying in the positions. This would have been very hard for men to accept and many couldn't deal with it. Up until 1916, men could volunteer to join the war. Although thousands joined up there were still men that didn't want to fight. ...read more.


During the war the Government used a lot of propaganda and censorship, this was to control how the public perceived the war. The Government needed the support of the Public to succeed, so they issued posters showing soldiers having a good time and Britain defeating Germany. Propaganda such as this was used to boost moral and keep people interested in the war. The Government censored information concerning Britain's defeats so the public would not lose confidence in Britain. The public would have probably believed what they were told by the Government as they would have never imagined what the war was really like. The only way of people knowing what the war was really like, was by soldiers who came home from the front line. The news they heard would have been shocking as the government had told them the exact opposite. After examining each of the policies and the effects on the Public and home life, I conclude that the war polices and regulations had a great impact on peoples lives in Britain. Every part of society had to make sacrifices for the war. Some their lives, some their childhoods and others their freedom. Even though sacrifices were made a lot was gained from the war too. Women became a lot more independent and children were given more reasonability. Though most of the effects caused by the war were bad, the people of Britain came together and helped lead Britain to victory. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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