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Effect of War 1914-18: The Workers and the War
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* Extract from a report produced by the Mines Department, November 1916
(PRO ref: POWE 16/176)
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* PRO ref: POWE 16/176; report from Mines Department, November 1916 *
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Look carefully at this source and consider what it tells you about how workers were affected by the war and how they contributed to the war effort. You should consider:
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* What was the government's priority for the coal industry? *
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* Why was the enlistment (volunteering for the Army) of miners a problem? *
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* What was the problem of absenteeism? *
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* How bad was it? *
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* What does this document suggest about relations between miners and mine owners? *
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* Does this extract provide evidence that miners did not care about the war effort? *
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* In 1925 the government was planning to throw away the document which this extract comes from. Why is it a good job they did not? *
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