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Implications of War on Children (1900- 1950)


My exam question is along the lines of "consider the statement that 'War was good for babies and small children in the first half of the 20th Century'". The essay is based on events in the UK but events from outside the UK can be considered. I have been preparing what areas I am going to cover in the exam and I would like your thoughts as to what I should write about.

So far I have:

Will examine whether the war good for children
Will look at positives from the war
Will also look at negatives from the war

Paragraph 1- Liberal Reforms

Paragraph 2- Formation of the NHS

Paragraph 3- National Insurance

Paragraph 4- Negatives


Thank you!

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Please see attached response(also presented below). Your outline is in-depth and your argument that children mostly suffered is a sound one. I have made suggestions and added material that fits with your outline in red ink (SEE ATTACHED RESPONSE)and also attached some relevant information. I hope this helps and good luck with your final copy. Overall, though great job! Take care.


The Baldwin ministry restored the gold standard and enacted several social-reform measures, including the Widows', Orphans', and Old Age Contributory Pensions Act, a national electric power network, and a reform of local government. In 1928 women were given voting rights that were equal to those of men.

Between 1929 and 1932 the international depression more than doubled an already high rate of unemployment. In the course of three years, both the levels of industrial activity and of prices dipped by a quarter, and industries such as shipbuilding collapsed almost entirely. MacDonald's second Labour government found itself unable to cope with the depression, and in 1931 it gave way to a national government, headed first by MacDonald and then by Baldwin and made up mostly of Conservatives. The Labour Party denounced MacDonald as a traitor, but the national government won an overwhelming mandate in the general election of 1931. (see p2 of attached article " The Edwardian Age")

The role of the Labour party has become a crucial part of the debate over Liberal decline. Until fairly recently there was a general assumption that, given the changing nature of Britain in the early twentieth century, with an enfranchised and politically-conscious working class, the Labour party was bound to take over from the Liberals as the voice of the workers. The growing urbanisation of Britain and the increase in trade union affiliations, gave the Labour party a financial strength and an electoral potential that the Liberals could not match. As politics became increasingly a struggle between the forces of capital and those of labour, the party whose very name made it the political representative of labour was destined to attain power. (See

-Provision of school meals, children guaranteed at least one square meal per day.
-This was not done to benefit the children though; it was to have a healthy army.
-This benefited children but the main priority of it was to provide the army with a ...

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This solution discusses the implications of war on children from 1900-1950 regarding the statement: 'War was good for babies and small children in the first half of the 20th Century.' Supplemented with three information articles on this topic.