In 1914 when war broke out in Europe, President Wilson declared America’s “Neutral policy”. Which was widely supported by the American people; however, when America joined the war in 1916, both the economy and society experienced benefits as well as drawbacks. The American economy was in a strong state before the war broke out. Due to its neutrality, the USA continued trade with Europe despite the war. In 1913 the value of American trade was about $2 billion, but by 1916 it had risen to $6 billion.
Therefore the money raised helped the American economy and living standards which hence shows how the Americans could be seen as the successors of the War. However, although the USA has military success, they also faced a lot of consequences from the war leading to military failure, which challenges the
This is when women first began to work for political equality with men. They pushed for equal opportunities involving their careers, working conditions and wages, and the right to own property. A breakthrough came in 1916 when Robert Borden granted the sisters, wives, and daughters of soldiers the right to vote. Nurses serving in the forces were also added to that list. Unfortunately, after the war ended many women were pushed to the side, as the female factory workers, ambulance drivers, and nurses
Also, the increased level of production within Germany meant that the industry would grow, and the social welfare constitution proved that the public would have backing from the government with pensions and benefits. However, there were factors which disagreed with the statement as there was a grand coalition within this period that could not co-operate together. Also, Germany being dependent on foreign loans meant that their economic development was not increasing. As well as this, there were still differences within the public in Germany decreasing the social progress in the mid 1920’s. Although, to a certain extent the statement is true as Germany did show that they experienced a period of political calm, economic development and social progress in the mid 1920’s.
This also strengthened their friendship with oreos Britain because they were seen to be helping them in their hour of need - the war. This friendship was so strong that America fought with the Triple Entente at the end of the war. One of the reasons for the economic boom was the introduction of hire-purchase whereby you put a deposit on an item that you wanted and paid installments on that item, with interest, so that you paid back more than the price for the item but did not have to make one payment in one go. Hire-purchase was easy to get and people got into debt without any real planning for the future. In the 1920’s it just seemed to be the case that if you wanted something you got it.
The Government also controlled the price of many goods, ensuring that smaller businesses were not forced out of the market. This would ensure that the unemployment was stabilised and did not fall further. Conscription also meant that over 1 million men were employed into the armed forces by 1935, but not only did this strengthen the army and reduce unemployment, it also meant that the German industry grew massively creating nearly 1.3 million extra factory jobs which would help supply the army with munitions and equipment etc. As a result of these measures, unemployment fell dramatically, from six million in 1933 to
The economy was just recovering from the great Depression. Politics was one of the main reasons why WWII started. In the 1940’s the society was very different from our own. Not a lot of technological advances were made but the war had an immense impact on people’s lives. The youth culture had declined during the Great Depression, but then in 1945 it reemerged.
Gustav Stresemann’s first achievement was solving the economic crisis, Stresemann called of workers strike in the Ruhr, this was bankrupting Germany. The strike kept on going so long because the German people didn’t want to give into the French. Stresemann then introduced a new currency Rentenmark, by strictly limiting the amount of this currency in circulation the valve of German money was stabilised and in the following year a permanent currency, the Reichsmark was brought in. Stresemann also cut the spending of the government and reduced the number of government workers. In November Stresemann arranged the Dawes Loans in order to pay reparations.
There was a massive disruption of the industries in which women were mostly employed, such as dress-making and textiles. This, in the end, was actually a benefit. As war work became available, such as munitions factories, many of those women could now work in a higher paid job as well as do their part in the war effort. Women in the domestic services even left their jobs in order to work for higher paid jobs2. The first world war gave women more opportunity in the workplace as more occupations were open to them and the war also
It also made divorce available after 2 years of agreed separation or 5 years if only one spouse wants the divorce. In the 19th century it was difficult to obtain a divorce, especially for women. Changes in the law have now made getting a divorce easier. There were three kinds of changes; equalising the grounds, widening the grounds, and making it cheaper. Widening the grounds of divorce caused the divorce rate to double almost overnight.