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Civilians & War 1914-18
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In August 1914 Britain went to war against Germany. In the next four years Britain:

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  • created an army of millions through voluntary and compulsory enlistment
  • saw government control of food and essential industries
  • developed an economy totally geared to the demands of war
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In this gallery you are going to investigate the impact of this change on ordinary people and their lives during the war. You will use the sources and information in the case studies to write some summary reports on the impact of the war on civilians.

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the*big question*in this gallery is
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How did the experience of war affect civilians in Britain 1914-18?
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case studies
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The Big Question is too big to tackle in one go, so we have broken it up into smaller sections called case studies.
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Click on the case study buttons to study the historical sources.
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* Recruit & Conscript Shortages & Rationing Workers & the War *
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Click on the Big Question button above for a worksheet that will show you how to use the case studies and how to organise your work.
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