The Importance Of World War One

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World War One was a turning point in European power, politics, and pride. It represented the political collapse in Europe, and “this catastrophic downturn suggested that Western capitalism was likewise failing” (990). Europe had remained the center of global power through the Industrial and Scientific Revolution, and controlled a large part of the world, either directly through colonialism or through economic means. They were a people of great pride, influence, and nationalism. Yet, their sense of superiority and power would not last through the nineteen hundreds, instead, the First World War would denounce their position as the greatest global power.
World War One was the starting point of Europe’s collapse. After the war, Europe was no longer
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The huge decrease in male labor during the war needed to be replaced. Women filled the roles of men in the workforce, and were encouraged to work in the munitions industry. While they worked, their women 's suffrage movement was put on hold, but just until the war was over. Once the war ended, women were strongly encouraged to leave the workforce and return to their household duties as a mother, like they had done before the war. Yet, the war left many of the without a husband or children. Not long after, women gained the right to vote, even though they were forced out of work. After the war, the French established Mother 's Day "a new holiday designed to encourage childbearing and thus replace the millions lost in the war”(988). Another social difference for women after the war was the development of flappers. These were young middle class women who turned away from the traditional social behaviors of the time before them. They cut their hair short, partied, drank liquor, danced, went to night clubs, and wore revealing clothing. Once the war was over, Europe had the challenge integrating millions of veterans back into civilian life in an unstable …show more content…
Europe was weak after the war, it’s political system was unstable. The United States, on the other hand, had economic prosperity, but they did not see their economic instability. During the nineteenth century, the economy saw the largest economic growth and produced the best standard of living, but it was produced on a troubling system. All the countries were tied to one another through debt or credit or export or import, on an incredibly unstable and delicate system. The war created a great need for production, which the United states was happy to supply, but when the war was over, the need diminished. Factories continued to produce, but not to sell. They produced more goods than could by sold, even European countries could not afford all the American goods. Germany and Austria were expected to pay enormous war reparations while their economy was still recovering, and they could only do so with extensive loans from the United States. Great Britain and France also needed to pay back loans to the America, but could only do so with the war reparations from Germany and Austria(991). Eventually, the tangled mess of global economic connections fell apart when the stock market drove up stock prices to an unsustainable level. The Great War was globalized by Europe’s worldwide empire, and their “economic linkages globalized the Great Depression”

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