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GCSE: Britain 1905-1951
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To what extend do you agree with Rhodes view that the British Empire was beneficial to both Britain and the colonies?5 star(s)
In 1819 Cecil's Rhodes gave a positive view of the empire he believed that the British Empire had a positive influence on Britain and its colonies. There is evidence to support his view as the British Empire had beneficial effects on Britain. For example Britain economical strength grew rapidly as the British industries were able to acquire cheap raw materials from the colonies; Gold from South Africa, tea, spices and herbs from India etc. This made Britain a lot richer, the excess income could have then been used to further advance there technology during the industrial revolution which was a
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They were easy targets for the German machine guns. However Haig assisted Britain in winning the war and although he did so with tremendous loss of life, these men did not die pointlessly. They died to protect their families and everyone else on the home front, and they died to prevent Britain from becoming a German Nation. Haig was also faced with an almost impossible task of winning the war in the quickest means possible. Haig was under constant pressure from the government to have a large victory to boost morale.
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''Without the First World War British women would not have gained the right to vote in 1918.'' Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation?5 star(s)
This work in factories and other jobs gave women more money and confidence. This confidence meant that women were seen differently, and more able, by many men. This confidence and respect from men helped to gain women the vote in 1918, and was an important contributing factor. The work of women during the war and 1915 munitions crisis gained them respect and made David Lloyd George a great supporter. This led him to later support women's suffrage, due to his respect for the work they had done. Herbert Asquith also seemed to be converted in opinion by the women's war effort.
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What does the social welfare legislation pass between 1906 and 1911 reveal about the intentions of Lloyd George and the Liberal government?5 star(s)
There was the National Insurance act aimed to help the sick and unemployed workers therefore hopefully helping the economy and reducing poverty because of workers who were unable to work. There was also the Old Age Pensions act which aimed to help the older population by introducing pensions. It has been said that the Liberals believed a healthy and well educated work force was essential so they introduced these reforms to achieve this. The New Liberals argued that there were circumstances where state intervention could help improve people's lives.
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`It was virtually impossible to avoid losing a relative or close acquaintance' (2). The severe loss was the most important change in society. The sadness of losing loved ones would have been unbearable. It also had a knock on effect towards industry and unemployment, because some of the people who ran businesses or factories died, it meant they had to shut them down hence the people who had jobs there before were now unemployed. By 1921 unemployment had risen to 2 million. (1) Some businesses were losing trade as well, for instance the staple industries were slowly eroding away because after the war there wasn't such a need for them, they didn't have
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Also, the fighter planes from Germany could only spend 30 minutes over South-East England before having to return to refuel, this sometimes resulted in Bombers being left behind and then destroyed by British fighter planes and anti-aircraft weaponry. This period of time was called the Battle of Britain, as Britain fought alone to keep the Germans from invading. Before the war had started, Britain had developed radar in which meant the British knew when Luftwaffe formations were on their way, giving them time to prepare and get their planes in the air when needed, cutting down fuel waste as there was no need to patrol the skies.
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These were shown on the radio, in newsreels in the cinema, on posters, in newspapers and in magazines. Examples of this are shown in Sources B and C. In Source B, the image shows an air raid of a Girls School in the East End near the end of the height of the Blitz in 1943. This image was censored which shows how the government was trying to "hide the truth" in order to keep morale high as the image is very negative as it shows how innocent civilians were killed due to total warfare.
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A suffragist might look back on the funeral of Emily Davidson, which was attended by suffragists and suffragettes in London and created great publicity for the suffragist cause. This would be because it was not a violent protest, which the suffragettes condemned and was co-ordinated between suffragettes and suffragists and created the most non-violent publicity in the 8 years of campaigning. Suffragettes would also look back on the funeral and death of Emily Davidson as their greatest achievement. Emily Davidson was an important suffragette and her death created a martyr for the cause as well as huge publicity for the suffragettes.
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