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How important was World War One as an influence on the development of the Labour Party to 1918? (redone version)

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AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics

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How important was World War One as an influence on the development of the Labour Party to 1918?

The government system during the late 1800s and early 1900s saw a majority of Liberal and Conservative government in the House of Commons. However, the Labour Party suddenly developed from the small Labour Representative Committee to a strong party capable of challenging the Conservatives and adding a third main party to the Commons. This rise came about due to the First World War, where the increased need of the working class to fight meant the Labour Party was crucial in connecting the government and these prospective soldiers. However, there were previous events which laid the foundations for this opportunity and aided Labours rise to power.

World War One destroyed the social system that had dominated Britain for previous centuries. The demand for soldiers and jobs to aid the army meant people of all ranks were included, from the working class to the elite upper class and the richest earl to the poorest miner. In the Front Line, all men were equal as they were all offering their life and there was a strong sense of camaraderie. Choosing people

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