The Impact of World War 2 on Britain

Just a little essay about the effect of the Second World War on Britain and how the war 'helped' shape modern day society. I would actually advise listening to the MP3 because, although the narration is sometimes a bit weird, it is less boring than just reading through.

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Project ­ The Impact of World War 2 on Britain
World War 2 is heavily regarded as the worst war in the history of mankind; over 60 million
people are thought to have died. Battles were fought across the globe between the Ally and
Axis powers between 1939 and 1945. The Second World War is not only remembered by its
bloody battles in Europe and the Pacific, but also the daily battles of innocent people living in
cities far behind the front line. The lives of the British people were changed forever by the
effects of the Second World War...but were these changes positive or negative?
After the war entered 1940, the German air force (the `Luftwaffe') started bombing British
cities. Places such as Liverpool and London were bombed on a daily basis and thousands of
homes and factories were destroyed. This intense bombing was known as, `the Blitz'. The
aim of the `Blitz' was to demoralise the British public (in order to force the government to
surrender), and in the process, destroy vital factories, docks and airfields for the British war
effort. Although many people were killed during the Blitz, the government used it as a way of
uniting the nation. They suggested that the Blitz strengthened the countries resolve to
defeat the Nazis and win the war. The British people decided that this was the best way to
think, and so they all helped each other out when in need and made sure that people were
thinking positively. After the `Battle of Britain', and once operation `sea lion' (the Nazi
invasion of Britain) was foiled, the Blitz ended. The year was 1941, and over 40,000 innocent
civilians, 5000 being children, had died. Over 1 million homes had also been destroyed. The
`Blitz' was a dark age of British history which had a huge impact on the lives of British people
and society. People now became more desperate for the war to end, but also very wary of
the Nazi threat. Children were especially vulnerable, as they were scared of future bomb
attacks or gas attacks (which never actually occurred). Even after the war ended, it is
believed that the psychological effects still took their on the children that were alive during
the war, and they would never live normal lives.
The Blitz also resulted in huge amounts of
damage across UK cities. This led to work
continuing after the war in rebuilding British
cities and lots of money was needed to rebuild
houses and factories. The country was already
in enormous debt and so the Blitz symbolises
the huge economic strain that the Second
World War put on the British people and
economy.

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Britain entered the Second World War, millions of children from towns and
cities across the UK were evacuated to safe areas, such as countryside or small villages.
Although Britain had not yet entered the war, they felt that it was an inevitable occurrence.
As predicted, Britain declared war on Germany on September 3rd 1939 and, within a year,
British cities and towns were bombed (the start of the Blitz). Evacuation played a vital role in
saving millions of children's lives.…read more

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UK. Food, oil and other vital supplies
were needed for soldiers and the army fighting in Europe and so the British people did not
have much left themselves. Merchant vessels were also under strain. German submarines
were destroying ships daily and more pressure was put on the British people... and so
rationing was introduced. Rationing was a government idea that meant that people could
only have a certain amount of food, oil (etc.) each week.…read more

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The Beveridge
Report was born. The Beveridge Report was ordered by Winston Churchill and it consisted of
Sir William Beveridge analysing the extent of the poverty British people were living in. The
report identified: Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness as the main causes of
poverty amongst the working class. His report led to a number of schemes being set up to
tackle impoverished conditions in the UK. The welfare state was introduced by the Labour
government in 1945.…read more

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The damage caused during World War 2 was utterly
catastrophic and there is still evidence of building destruction around to this day. Although
the war had unmentionable negative effects on British society, it also had some positive
effects. The war brought the British people together and a new age of unity and resilience
was born. The processes of evacuation and rationing showed the world how well the British
government acted under great pressure, and also how the British people could remain calm.…read more

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