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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?

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"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.

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