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Everywhere in the world was heard the sound of things breaking Advanced European societies could not support long wars or so many thought prior to World War I They were right in a way The societies could not support a long war unchanged The First World War left no aspect of European civilization untouched as pre-war governments were transformed to fight total war The war metamorphed Europe socially politicaly economically and intellectualy European countries channeled all of their resources into total war which resulted in enormous social change The result of working together for a common goal seemed to be unifying European societies Death knocked down all barriers between people All belligerents had enacted some form of a selective service which levelled classes in many ways Wartime scarcities made luxury an impossibility and unfavorable Reflecting this clothing became uniform and utilitarian Europeans would never again dress in fancy elaborate costumes Uniforms led the way in clothing change The bright blue-and-red prewar French infantry uniforms had been changed after the first few months of the war since they made whoever wore them into excellent targets for machine guns Womens skirts rose above the ankle permanently and women became more of a part of society than ever They undertook a variety of jobs previously held by men They were now a part of clerical secretarial work and teaching They were also more widely employed in industrial jobs By 1918 376 percent of the work force in the Krupp armaments firm in Germany was female In England the proportion of women works rose strikingly in public transport for example from 18000 to 117000 bus conductors banking 9500 to 63700 and commerce 505000 to 934000 Many restrictions on women disappeared during the war It became acceptable for young employed single middle-class women to have their own apartments to go out without chaperones and to smoke in public It was only a matter of time before women received the right
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