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HOMEFRONT!

DORA and government control

The scale of the First World War forced the government to take control of British society and the
British economy to an unprecedented extent. Propaganda was used to maintain morale on the home
front, and some people were directed into certain jobs, most obviously through…

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The government introduced a number of measures to deal with the problems of drunkenness ,
hangovers and the perceived problem of women drinking (thought to have increased during the war
as women had more independence as some women had more independence and more money to
spend)

Intoxicating liquor act (temporary)…

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Munitions In response to the crisis over munitions in May 1915, the ministry of munitions was
formed. By 1918 there were 3 million munitions workers in more than 20,000
factories
Mining Problems with labour shortages and disputes between miners and mine owners
resulted in the extension of government control over…

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Press propaganda and censorship

War reporting

Initially war correspondents were not permitted to report from the western front as military
authorities were concerned that their reports might damage morale.

After some MPs complained about the lack of reliable reporters, Colonel Swinton (an army officer)
was used, but his reports were…

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