World War I And The Great War

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To have earned the title of World War I, the Great War had to have effected a large amount of people in significant ways. The First World War brought about a lot of change to the way people viewed gender, military, over all society. It hastened the end of the Victorian Era and ushered in a new industrialized world. This came with a great price the rich were made poor and the poor were made poor. Millions died and even more were wounded. Children were forced to quickly become adults. People that lived sheltered lives were exposed to some of the most gruesome images in history. Those who could endure the war found a different world then the one they left behind in 1914. The Great War brought about changes, small and large, partial and full. Before moving on to individuals who endured the whole war, it is first important to remember that there are people whom one can only guess how they would have endured the war, because they died soon after seeing combat. This was the case for William Henry Dawkins. He was an Australian solider who ended up on combat in Gallipoli (Englund 110). Prior to being sent to Gallipoli Dawkins has to wait an Egypt and becomes bored and even envious of infantry sent to guard Ismailia (Englund 83). His death comes on the day that he is preparing to lay a pipe that while supply the Australians with water. He is hit by shrapnel from artillery shell and dies moments latter (Englund 123). Dawkins waited impatiently to fight for a country that was far away from his home and when he finally was able to be in it, he died. His expectations of warfare were deferent from the reality that he was meet with. This schism between expectation and the actual event was commonality between people that experienced the war. ... ... middle of paper ... they endured the war, but it did not exempt them from being effected. If in anyway a person lived through the war then they were changed by it. William Henry Dawkins because of the place he was in the job he was doing lost his life. Elfriede Kuhr lost her teenage years to the war and developed her philosophies about life from her war experience. Florence Farmborough abandoned her Victorian ideas about duty. Laura de Turczynowicz lost all of her money and had to move to another country. Michel Corday had live with a disturbed conscience because of the war. Pal Kelemen lost his way of life to the war. Others lost their safety, self-worth, dignity, psychological well-being, and physical wholeness. Although people were effected in different ways because of their background and circumstances, everyone regardless of those circumstances was still effected by the war.

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