Pack up you class systems in an old kit bag
A world of class systems, the aristocracy and working class. a divide so vast people could not see the other side. following some of the greatest minds of the Victorian era actively fighting this status quo notably Charles Dickens and his many books championing the ideas of social change at a time when it was considered dangerous to challenge the predefined views in society about the poor and working class. This world would come to an abrupt end, between screaming shells and the bloodshed of millions.
Following an aristocratic dispute and the assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand, the upper-classes of Europe started to arm their men and fuel the propaganda machines. This war would end up destroying the foundation of their world and irrevocably change the society they knew
the 'Great War ' as it was known at the time (often believed to be the war to end wars) was a meat grinder for all men of British society and would take men of all classes. In the earlier days of this war the officers and standard infantry were kept separately as to keep the classes apart and for an officer to fraternize with the infantry carried a level of social stigma easily compared to that of the southern American upper class opinion on mixing with slaves of the time.
As the war went on these views started to change as the men involved realized they were all in the same muddy hole going through the same hardships; giving birth to many things from their own language 'trench slang ' many of the words are still in use in British slang today (The Whipers times,1916). With a death toll of 10,000 in single battles many men from both social classes were killed or maimed with many of the working class men playing the ro...
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...’ (Eating In 1900-1950) this fact shocked Britain and its opinion on how it would treat or continue to treat these men upon their return from the fields of red. There is little evidence to the opinions in Britain at the time on mental health prior to the war as people had little concept as to the meanings and uses of science of emotion due to its at the time near mythical standing unlike physical medicine that could be seen and treated, problems of the brain were harder to diagnose and more of a problem of the upper classes. Such an illness in a family could bring much shame and social stigma, where as in the lower classes mental illness is less documented but more visible in the works of predominant writers where suicide along with many other forms of mental illness are seen but used as a crutch to portray how hard the lower classes have the simple job of surviving
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