Contrast, Contradiction and Change Britain 1906-1918 link to Learning Curve home page
Effect of War 1914-18: Shortages and Rationing
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* Cartoon from Punch magazine on how shortages affected people, September 1917
(Lewis Baumer, ©Punch, Ltd., pu02204)
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Lewis Baumer, September 1917, © Punch Ltd., pu02204; cartoon on shortages
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How to use this source to help you answer the big question   *
Look carefully at this source and consider what it tells you about shortages and rationing and how they affected people. You should consider:
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* What differences are there between the people in the car and the people in the street?
Practice questions

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* According to the cartoonist, how are the rich people in the car 'Doing Their Bit'? *
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* Do you think the cartoonist is being sarcastic? *
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* Would food shortages and high food prices affect all the people in this cartoon equally? *
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* What clues are there in this cartoon about why the government introduced rationing in 1918? *
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