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Throughout history the world has undergone some dramatic changes due to specific events World War I is one of these specific events that caused some major changes The war had some major effects on the world especially Europe socially politically and economically 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 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 Strong forces were shaping the power and legal status of labor unions too The right of workers to organize was relatively new about half a century Employers fought to keep union organizers out of their plants and armed force was often used against striking workers A long war was not possible without complete cooperation of the workers with respect to putting in longer hours and increasing productivity Strike activity had reached its highest levels in history just before the war In Britain France and Germany deals were struck between unions and government to eliminate strikes and
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