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Did the Second World War cause a social revolution in Britain?

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Did the Second World War cause a social revolution in Britain? World War Two encouraged and was a catalyst for social revolution in Britain after 1945. The war confronted Britain with many new social challenges and situations that had never been encountered before. However, it is debatable to what extent the social reform lasted and how strong its impact remains today. It is extremely clear that a social reform took place in Britain post World War Two for reasons including shared experiences and conscription. The impacts of certain factors did vary in strength and over time. It is evident that some factors still remain such as women in work but other factors such as propaganda were weak and therefore did not endure. The power of the Trade Unions had a strong long term social effect after World War Two. We are able to establish this because the support of trade unions themselves increased during 1946, rising from 6,298,000 to 8,803,000. Many of these new members were women following the dramatic increase of women working during the war years. With the trade unions having more supporters this meant that their strikes would have more impact putting more pressure on the government and employers therefore increasing their bargaining power as the government would try and do anything to prevent a strike on a massive scale. ...read more.


Changes in the role of women has been a significant long term social effect from world war two. Women had a first chance to work to contribute to the war effort, despite them loosing their jobs at the end of the war when the soldiers returned , but after women of all classes of working it was widely acceptable for women to work and it also made women want to work hence the campaigns of the suffragettes and suffragists. Despite there being countless long term social effects there is enough short term effects to balance out the strength of the social revolution caused by World War Two. An obvious short term effect of the war was the idea of a "Classless society" after the war classes no longer worked together and felt united , this was due to working and lower class citizens returning to work in factories , whereas the upper class returned to their stately homes and working as bankers, their lives returned to how they were before the war apart from the memories of shared experiences throughout the war Churchill's support was a clear short term effect of World War Two , Churchill made a speech in the march of 1943 strongly supporting a social revolution including full employment and the emphasis of national insurance and support for improvement in ...read more.


This was due to the UK and USA being in Alliance with the USSR during the war therefore British citizens were more acceptant of it. We are able to recognise this as a short term social effect due to the red scare in the 50's and the cold war from 1950's-1990 therefore the acceptance of communism only lasted for a maximum of five years before the un-acceptance of communism returned. This was also because Capitalism had been discredited before the war due to the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression in America. After the war the idea of building a new society was largely accepted after the amazing war effort and the effects of the war on Britain itself. this therefore shows that communism caused social change due to more people being acceptant of it which resulted in more British voting for the labour party. The war caused many situation or circumstance where a wide cross section of society came into contact , co-operated and shared experience in the trauma of war and the adversity it brought. The nation and all its people were entitled by a common course , fighting the war and keeping our independence. Many of these influences were short term experiences , however some were cabalists of other culture such as "Americanisation" and a great sense that we were one nation rather than a class dominated culture. ...read more.

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