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How was British society changed 1906 - 1918

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Introduction

I will be talking about How British Society Changed in the time period of 1906 to 1918. I will include the many events that took place in the above time period as well as the major changes that took place. Britain was a land of empire and wealth, of hope and glory. It was also a country of poverty, ill health and misery. Britain had no democracy and needed changes, changes that would come quickly for the betterment of their people and country. Who were the Liberal Governments In 1906 the General Election took place. The Liberal party won a major victory in this election although they did not promise to bring in Welfare Reforms. Poverty and Welfare were not even big issues for any of the parties. Even though, the Liberal government bought in huge reforms as soon as they came in. The Liberal Government Reforms Over the next five years the Liberals passed a string of social reforms that set the basics of a welfare state in Britain. The main event that took place was that the state was to look after those poor and unable to look after themselves. These included the young, old and unemployed. However to do this taxes had to be raised so that the money could be used on supporting the poor. ...read more.

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Labour Exchanges William Beveridge was the man who put the idea of Labour Exchanges forward. The problem of unemployment was caused by many men being employed in casual jobs. Then they would have to find other permanent jobs. Labour Exchanges were set up all over the country and the unemployed were expected to register. Local Employers looking for workers would notify the Labour Exchange of vacancies and unemployed workers would then be in touch with these employers. Low pay was also a cause of poverty and the Trade Boards Act of 1909 introduced Factory Acts. National Insurance The National Act Part 1 dealt mainly with health care for sick workers. The National Act Part 2 dealt with helping workers that were unemployed. Health Insurance This type of insurance was compulsory for all employers and employees. This meant employees had to create an insurance fund and add money into it from their wages as well as their employers. Unemployment Insurance This act was the work of Winston Churchill. It was not for all workers as it was meant to protect men in work affected by seasonal unemployment. Women's Suffrage What is the Women's Suffrage ? Women were mostly dependant on men and legally had less rights than men. Work was very limited and was not "suitable" for women in that time. ...read more.

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The Attitude of the British towards Germany and the Peace Conference at the end of the war ; After fighting the Germans in war the British People were not ready to forgive and forget. Germany was blamed for all the deaths and starting the war. The Propaganda used in the war portrayed the Germans as murderers. With all this the British People expressed hate and dislike towards the Germans. In 1919 the Peace conference was held in Paris. Lloyd George was one of the great people highlighted in the conference. He tried balancing his own views about how to treat Germany with the British People he was representing. While working on this coursework I did a lot of research and went through many sources. I found that Britain had gone through a struggle one which will always be present in British History. In my opinion I found that everyone had a part to play in those times and life was so different then to how it is now. British Society has changed and changed for the better. The fact I could not believe was that parts of Britain and people had been so poor and now when you look around you it seems we have it easy. I have learnt a lot from this coursework and I feel sad that others are not aware of this part of history of the country we live. ...read more.

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