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How far was British society changed by the experiences of the Second World War?

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How far was British society changed by the experiences of the Second World War? By Dylan Whaley The Second World War had an impact not only on British soldiers fighting in Europe, but also on the civilians living back in Great Britain. Between 1939 and 1951 the consequences of the war were felt by women, the elderly and children. Life in Great Britain was very difficult during the Second World War, and one reason for this was that the government needed to control many aspects of people's lives, including how much food they could eat, what clothes they could buy and where they could live. Women were to go into factories and fields to keep Britain running. Everyone took part in the war effort and some aspects never changed in Britain again. After war was declared in September 1939, the British government had to cut down on the amount of food it brought in from abroad as German submarines started attacking British supply ships. ...read more.


The NHS was postponed as Churchill and other opposition felt it was a waste of money and disagreed with it. So Labour and Bevan had to wait until 1948 when it first opened it's doors to the British public. This is one of the major differences to the British society because health has never been great in Britain as diseases continued to spread easily through the working class, this Social reform meant that working class health improved and the British society hugely. Women were also changed due to the war effort in society. Since men were out fighting in the war the women had to take over many of their husbands jobs. Women were put into factories and fields to make sure Britain kept on running. In the 1930s, social roles were clearly defined. A woman's place was in the home, a man's place was out at work. It was acceptable for women to work outside the home if they had no family to look after, but they were paid less than men were even when doing the same jobs. ...read more.


terrible state after the war even though the staple industries had a little revive from it and industries turned to its attention with car manufactures making armoured cars and ship building was at a all time high but the modernization of it all was all done in the 30's and in a matter of fact there wasn't no serious attempt to modernize industry, roads or railways which lead to a disadvantage to European competitors. I think that overall society did change for the better in Britain as a result of the war, because all the major things like health, food and respect to women had all got increasingly better. With the NHS coming in just after the war because of the Beveridge Report which showed the 5 evils of Britain and the NHS covered two of those evils (disease and ignorance). Women were prouder and they had a sense of huge responsibility in the war effort and food was given out fairly to all of those who needed it making Britain's society fair and different Word Count: 1078 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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