English history from 1603 – world war
. The First World War
The main reason of the First World War was the rivalry between great European powers. They wanted to gain other colonies. In Great Britain, the contribution of women on the home front to the final victory was so important that it was impossible to deny them the right the vote.
7. The twenties and the thirties
This period was influenced by the economic situation. Unemployment was high, wages were low. There were many strikes including the General Strike in 1926. The Wall Street stock exchange crashed in 1929.
8. The Second World War
Great Britain was very ill prepared for this war. It had cost Great Britain 1/4 of its national wealth. The reasons – the British wanted to resolve this problem by peace at first and they didn’t arm so much. But when Germany attacked Poland, Great Britain entered the war only three days later. Winston Churchill was a very important person during this war.