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Effect of War 1914-18: The Workers and the War
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* Cartoon from the Daily Mirror commenting on strikes, 31 August 1918
(W K Haselden, British Cartoon Archive for the Centre for the Study of Cartoons & Caricature at the University of Kent, WH2366)
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* W K Haselden, WH2366; cartoon from the Daily Mirror, August 1918 *
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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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* According to the cartoon, what strikes and boycotts took place in 1918? *
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* Do you think these strikes and boycotts actually took place, or is the cartoonist simply making a joke about the situation in 1918? *
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* Does this source provide convincing evidence that there were a lot of strikes in 1918? *
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* How could an historian check this view, and check whether it was also true for 1914-17? *
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* Do any other sources in this case study support the view that there were a lot of strikes during the war? *
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