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Civilians & War 1914-18 : The Workers & the War
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Case study*The Workers & the War
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As the war dragged on, it became an industrial war as well as a war of soldiers, sailors and pilots. The soldiers in the trenches needed guns, shells, uniforms and many other pieces of equipment.
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This meant that Britain's industries had to produce what was needed. In this case study you will examine the contribution of workers to the war effort, and also how the war affected them.
 
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1. Report on effects of war on economy, 1914

* 2. Cartoon on munitions production, 1916
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3. Photos of women in munitions industries

* 4. Report from the Mines Department, 1916
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5. Employment of women in the RFC, 1917

* 6. Report on cost of living during the war, 1917
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7. Cartoon commenting on strikes, 1918

* 8. Report of Committee on Labour Troubles, 1918
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You can use the sources in this case study in two ways:
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* Study each source carefully. Note down anything that tells you about: *
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* How workers contributed to the war effort *
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* Relations between workers and employers and the government *
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* How the war affected workers' wages and working and living conditions *
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Don't forget - if there are words or phrases in the sources which you cannot understand, try the glossary.
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