How Did World War 1 Impact Ww1

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World War I, “The Great War” is often considered the first example of “Total War”, as the home front heavily supported the military, and civilians across the world were affected. From 1914 to 1918, the United Kingdom (a member of the Allied Powers along with the U.S, France etc.) saw a war that profoundly impacted their entire population. The British people played a role of the utmost importance in the war, and there were many shifts in all aspects of life. The impacts of World War I on civilians in the United Kingdom were all-encompassing, being social, economic, and political.

World war I created various social shifts: conscription, acknowledgement of women’s capabilities, and the targeting of non-combatants from the enemy. For the first time in British history, military service was
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The United Kingdom spent $47 billion during the First World War, and met only a quarter of these costs by raising taxes. They were funding a considerable proportion of the Allied Powers’ war effort, as well as trying to sustain their own empire. To feed its population, the U.K relied heavily on naval imports of food, mainly coming from the U.S. Even with low supplies of food, the government was reluctant to introduce rationing, as it did not want to further lower civilian morale. However, this became necessary in 1917, when German submarines started sinking one in four British merchant ships in order to cut off the food supply and starve the population. Food prices rose creating a wider gap between the rich and the poor. At this point, voluntary rationing was introduced, but when this proved unsuccessful, it became compulsory. The poorer population when hungry, and there were many illegal food deals and trading. The government subsidized the “ninepenny loaf of bread”, so that all families could be guaranteed
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