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Civilians & War 1914-18 : Shortages & Rationing
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Case study*Shortages & Rationing
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When war broke out in 1914 most people were not prepared for the long test of endurance which the war turned into. One of the most critical problems Britain faced was feeding its people.
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In this case study you will look at a range of sources which focus on this issue and see how shortages and rationing affected people.
 
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1. Letter on increased cost of living, 1916

* 2. Cartoon on shortages, 1917
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3. Cartoon: 'Doing Their Bit', 1917

* 4. Criticism of government control over supplies
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5. Ration Coupons

* 6. Letter encouraging food economy, 1918
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7. Government poster: eat less bread, 1917

* 8. Cartoon on rationing, 1918
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You can use the sources in this case study in two ways:
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* The sources in this case study can help you by providing information you can use in your presentation. *
* Study each source carefully. Note down anything that tells you about: *
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* How serious shortages were *
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* How shortages affected people *
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* How the government tackled the problem *
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* How people reacted to government measures. *
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* Exam practice *
* If you want to get some practice on examination type questions, just click on the Practice Questions button

Don't forget - if there are words or phrases in the sources which you cannot understand, try the glossary.
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