How Much Impact Did the Defence of the Realm Act (D.O.R.a) Have on the Lives of Civilians in Ww1 Britain? Essay

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How much impact did the defence of the realm act (D.O.R.A) have on the lives of civilians in WW1 Britain? D.O.R.A affected the lives of British civilians in a range of different ways. Some of these ways included working life, social freedom, providing food and censorship. I think that the biggest impact of D.O.R.A was that women’s working lives had changed dramatically from domestic house wives to joining the work force and taking over the men’s jobs while they were at war. One way that D.O.R.A impacted the lives of civilians was by restricting their social freedom. Laws such as being ‘unable to speak of naval or military matters in public’ or being ‘unable to own or use equipment relating to phones or telegraphs without a government permit’ were passed. This would have made it increasingly difficult to talk with family members or friends about what was obviously concerning them. “Allowed the police to stop and question suspects, who could be imprisoned on refusal to answer, and arrest without a warrant.”[1] The source tells us that D.O.R.A allowed the police to arrest suspects without any evidence of a crime that they may have committed, and even without a warrant. This shows us that civilians had to be extremely careful even when they had not broken the law, which would restrict what they could do in public. “Men were fined for striking matches in the street to light their cigarettes or pipes.”[2] This source also tells us that civilians could not carry out every day behaviour while they were in public. This may have made getting on with their lives very difficult and did not enable them to act as they normally would. The overall impact of

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