British and World War 1
The video Britain’s effort is an explicit display of the World War 1. The video is an animation and showing the stand of the British in the World War 1 in the period between 1914 and 1918. At this time, all the countries in Europe have joined forces against Germany. In Britain, the leadership persecuted antiwar campaigners mass scale. At the same time, the leadership sought volunteers to assist in waging war against the Germany until they surrender. In the period, 1916 peace advocates from Britain pressure the government to use negotiation to resolve the conflicts. While reluctant to act at first, in 1917, the peace campaigners have won the heart of the majority of British citizens; the government could not ignore this and eventually engaged in peace negotiation with the Germany (Morgan 1-3).
Consequently, the video portrays the English as proud ready to go down without a fight. For the common good of England, they have to fight to maintain democracy in the country- an order that some may consider delusional. The Britons have no humor when at war, and take no moment lightly. Instead, they are ready to fight until the last minute. It is so ironic that even church leaders who always advocate for peace support violence when their country is at war. The poem by Lewis in the Blast illustrates that the Britons have a fixed grin for their future generation and neglect to fear death itself (Lewis 17)
Evidently, before the begun of the War in 1914, Gilbertian liberal dominated Britain’s politic. These unionists represented the as the main advocates of workers’ rights in Britain. After the War in November 1918 the Gilbertian Union was totally divided and could no longer stand. The labor liberal party quickly took over and continued to challenge the leadership at the time. The British leader, Lloyd George, after failure to persuade his countrymen to volunteer in the war he sought help from France and India in 1916 (Morgan 10-12).
In the Britain further explored African countries, their former colony started to free themselves. At this time the British were at peace under the leadership of George but facing dissolution of democracy (Graves 1-15). The Americans by then had fighting for their independence, becoming the most innovative country in the process. During this time, the British used a lot of technology they acquired from the Americans.
In conclusion, by 1917 Britain had changed a lot by even accepting peaceful negotiation to reduce fight against the ever-growing challenges from the rest of the world. The War also affected Britain in a major way politically and industrially. The involvement of soldiers from various countries like Russia, France and India also boosted England in winning the war against Germany.
“Britain’s Effort (1918)”. YouTube. N.p., 2016. Web. 26 Sept. 2016.
Graves, Robert. Goodbye to all that. Vol. 767. Penguin UK, 2000.
Lewis, Wyndham. “A review of contemporary art.” edited by Wyndham Lewis. Blast 2 (1915): 38-47..
McCrae, Meighen. “Violence Against Prisoners of War in The First World War”. First World War Studies 3.2 (2012): 248-250. Web.
Morgan, David HJ. “Theater of war.” Theorising masculinities (1994) 1-15.