• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The nations old ways of life and thought perished in the mud of Flanders. How valid is this view of the effects of the First World War on Britain?

Extracts from this document...


"The nation's old ways of life and thought perished in the mud of Flanders". How valid is this view of the effects of the First World War on Britain? World War I took place between 1914 and 1918. It was the first example of total war, a military conflict in which nations mobilize all available resources in order to destroy another nation's ability to engage in war. I intend to answer this question, by analysing various aspects of Britain in which the WWI had an impact on. Britain had a huge impact on the First World War, which saw many aspects of the nations which it makes up, change. My initial hypothesis is that this is a valid interpretation because I strongly believe that Britain changed considerably after the war. Case Study 1 - Ways of Life This quote from George Dangerfield, written in 1936, describes the alleged downfall of Britain prior to the war. He is arguing that the Liberal Party of England had been on a downfall before the world war had started, and how it would have worsened, with or without, the war. It is almost certain, that the reason for the huge landslide in 1906 being an anomaly was because people were voting against years of Conservative ruling, not directly for the Liberals, who had never been in government in their long history. ...read more.


Pre-war, half of the electorate were ineligible to vote and this led to campaigning during this period, gaining momentum. This led to suffragettes, a form of feminism, campaigning for the right for women to vote. They were willing to use violent protest in order to gain the rights that they wanted. They were responsible for arson attacks on public places such as churches, corner shops and train stations. Many people believe that suffragettes only made their situation worse by carrying out specific and notable acts. The main example, at the June 1913 Derby, where Emily Wilding Davison, threw herself under the King's horse, as it passed Tattenham Corner. She was killed and the suffragettes had their first martyr. This was considered bad for the suffragettes because Davison was a very well-educated woman, and this was considered a huge waste of life. Many thought, if that is what a well-educated woman is willing to do, how lesser educated suffragettes would act. Case Study 2 - Remembrance WWI had a huge impact on Britain, not only between 1914 and 1918, but also more recently, as we still remember the events that took part in the Great War. It was the first war in modern times, which affected everyone across Britain, many who lost loved ones in battle. It was the first real example, of 'total war', in Britain. ...read more.


This was the first main example of a flower, being adapted as a symbol of remembrance, which suggests the change in the way we remembered our soldiers, who had perished for their country. Conclusion To conclude, I think that the subject matter is a very valid interpretation due to the considerable changes the First World War, brought upon Britain. It brought considerable political change as it saw two governments throughout the war, both standing for very different morals and approaches to Britain's problems. The political party who were in government at the beginning of the war, lost a lot of support due to their failure to keep promises, which brought change to the country's control and attitudes towards war. The war brought such a change to the way that we remember the victims of the Great War. It was mainly due to the death count, that the war was and still is, remembered so well, and also due to the fact, it took place in modern times, when people's relatives had been directly involved with the war effort. After the war, people seemed to look at life from a different perspective, and became more grateful for what they had, rather than what they needed. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Britain 1905-1951 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Britain 1905-1951 essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    What Were the Consequences of the First World War for the British People 1914 ...

    4 star(s)

    and the suffragists (led by Millicent Fawcett) movements were very evident in society. They would use both violent and non - violent methods to try and win female suffrage. They would pull off stunts like running in front of race horses to get attention; (4) this also helped to shock politicians to change to their mind on the matter.

  2. Evaluate the impact of the First World War on the social, economic and political ...

    they couldn't afford not to work, therefore they were forced to go back to work in Domestic Service or Domestic System. This was because the jobs they worked in during the war paid quite a high wage and women weren't expected to be getting high wages.

  1. 'Lions Led by Donkeys' How Valid is this Interpretation of the Conduct of the ...

    Most people remember the First World War as brave soldiers going 'over the top' to be bombarded by machinegun fire. However, what many people don't know is that 78 British officers of the rank of Brigadier General and above were killed in active service and 146 were wounded.

  2. Year 10 Essay: How successful was the League of Nations between 1919 and 1929?

    There was also another dispute between Greece and Bulgaria. In October 1925 the Greeks invaded Bulgaria, after an incident on the border in which some Greek soldiers were murdered. The League had condemned the Greek action, and ordered Greece to pay compensation to Bulgaria. Nevertheless even though the League had some successes in dealing with territorial arguments, it also

  1. Evacuation in Britain during World War II

    I think that depending on how you look at this source emotion can be shown through it by you thinking 'that was all the evacuees got for the week'. I think that generally this source is reliable. I don't think that all the country side folks always had a good

  2. World war 1

    Question f) Study all the sources. 'Haig was an uncaring general who sacrificed the lives of his soldiers for no good reason.' How far do these sources support this view? Most of the sources support this view, however we need to look at all the sources and evaluate them; if they can be trusted or not.

  1. Why did the Liberals decline between 1908-1918?

    Asquith, in 1914, called for volunteers for the First World War and on the first day 100,000 men signed up to fight. Men were sent to fight in the trenches in France. In the summer the trenches were full of rats and disease and in winter the trenches were cold and often flooded.

  2. "The First World War led to great change in the role of women in ...

    In 1897, all the suffrage societies came together to form the NUWSS (National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies). Millicent Fawcett headed this organisation. The organisation wanted to give women equal rights through constitutional campaigning, which was campaigning without breaking the law. They wanted to change the way things were done.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work