The Americanization of British Culture after WWI

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World War I, fought between major European superpowers, was an event that shook the world. The first global war was a shock to all, but was experienced differently by everyone. For Richard Lindsay Mackay, World War I was a time for him to fight bravely for his country as he experienced the horrors of war. He wrote in his journal whenever he had the scarce opportunity for down time. He wrote accounts mentioning the pain of making a homemade cross for his comrade’s grave, the brutality of only getting five hours of leisure time, which he used for sleep, and not even being able to recall if he ate something one day. However, despite his hardships as a soldier, he enthusiastically wrote about travelling to London and hearing the popular song Destiny Waltz that symbolized bravery in wartime (Mackay). Like Mackay, people back home in belligerent countries also associated wartime with consumer goods, such as music. In fact, many British citizens noticed an increase in American-made goods available in their country. As many men fell in war, America rose as a new superpower, creating situations that would lead to a more homogenous society. American domination of the world market from 1914 to 1930 started the “Americanization” of Britain’s culture through increased American influence and the simultaneous disdain for traditional Victorian society by the new generation of British youth. America’s mobilization for war and aid to Britain led to an advancement of the American economy. As a country at war with many working-aged men occupied by serving in the army, Britain was in great need of supplies such as food, clothes, guns, and ammunition. In four years, the United States’ exportation of these goods increased from one and a half billion t... ... middle of paper ... ...d British Units During the First World War | Nellesen | Voces Novae: Chapman University Historical Review. Chapman University Historical Review, n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. • "Roaring Twenties." United States History. U-s-history.com, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. • Robinson, Fiona. "British Art and Literature during WWI." - Smarthistory. KhanAcademy, n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2014. • Rockoff, Hugh. "U.S. Economy in World War I." EHnet. Economic History Services, n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2014. • "The End of High Society." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. • "The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The 20th Century: Review: Summary." The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The 20th Century: Review: Summary. W.W. Norton and Company, n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. • "World War I | Library of Congress." World War I | Library of Congress. Library of Congress, n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2014.

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