Monday, 28 December 2015
As a citizen of Germany, I am infuriated by the outcome of World War 1. Germany was blamed for the entire war and in the end we lost and were humiliated. Not only did we lose much of our land to the English and other countries internationally but we were also forced to apologize?! Also along with that we were forced to pay for all the war expenses of other countries. How is this fair to the Germans and to our economy and country?! A payment such as this would be a devastating blow to our economy, leaving the country scrambling and divided. Along side all of this, we were forced to reduce our military to under 100,000 soldiers and we have been forbidden from using weapons. If a time of combat arises, we will be defenseless. Many countries believe this was "the war to end all wars" however I have a feeling this will not be the case. Although we are weak and recovering now, when the German empire is strong once again, I know we will fight for our land and what is rightfully ours.
The Roaring 1920's was a historically significant time period in Canada's history. After the World War 1, the Canadian economy began to grow the lifestyles of Canadians were changing. Since the war had ended, many people thought of this time as a recovery and celebration stage. Canada had gained respect for their efforts in the war and had even started to gain some independence. Canadians also began to develop a new lifestyle after the war that was fairly similar to the British ways and culture. There was newly arising opportunities in many cities across Canada which caused many people to move and settle down in these cities. This is a good example of something we see a lot today and historical perspective. When people see a good opportunity for themselves or their families, they will take it. For example, the city of Waterloo is well known for technology. Therefore we attract a lot of technological workers to our area. The film talked about how there was many new factories being built and many new manufactured goods were being made and bought. There was a lot of money being circulated which was good for the economy and also put manufacturers in a very good and comfortable place. Along with this, there were great advances to technology at the time. This lead to the popularization of products such as radios. These were historically significant factors that led to the economic boom in Canada in the 1920's.
However not all was well for everyone. Many people had a hard time adjusting after the war was over including veterans, woman working on the home front and people who had lost loved ones in the war. Many veterans had to wait as long as up to many months to return home due to the large amount of people away fighting. Finally when they did return, there was many difficulties they had to face. While they were away at war, the pricing for housing had steeped significantly and many found it hard to find affordable housing. Also jobs were hard to find and so was the training needed for specialized jobs. However the hardest adjustments had to be made by the veterans that had been injured during the war. For example the loss of a limb would require you to have to learn to newly adapt to your surroundings and this is a great example of cause and consequence. The members of the home front also had a big adjustment to make but it mainly just affected the woman. Woman had been used as factory workers during the war. However, when the men returned home from the war many woman were forced to go back to their old jobs of being a house worker. This job obviously did not pay and was not really considered a job. As you can probably assume, many people who had lost a family member or loved one in the war had a lot of adjusting to do. It was a tough situation and required a lot of healing and time.
After playing the game I learned that since Canadian Culture had been revolutioned, life for both men and women at home was fairly comfortable and peaceful after the war. Certain opportunities were now becoming equal for both men and women in the workplace. This also lead to the positive change in equal rights where almost all woman in Canada had the right to vote by the end of the 1920's which is an excellent example of continuity and change. Fashion was all the rage in the 1920's. Men enjoyed wearing their dress pants while woman discovered skin tight one piece bathing suits. As well, sources of entertainment were far more plentiful in the 1920's. Things such as magic acts and dog shows became much more common and people were enjoying themselves more often. To add to all this fun being had, there was many more Canadians attending University and graduating with a degree. These new and positive ways of thinking lead to a much more enjoyable life for Canadians during the 1920's.
World War 1 is known as an extremely devastating and significant event for everyone involved including Canadians. This event forced many people to risk their lives fighting for their countries. Also, there were many that remained at home to fulfill duties of the household and factories. There was 3 main roles a soldier could have while in the military. There was naval service, land front and Air Force. Along with these 3 roles, there was also the home front. The home front was a role that did not involve being in combat, but instead remained at home and worked in factories. All of these roles were significant in World War 1, however I believe the Air Force was the most desirable position. Although this was defiantly not the safest role you could have in World War 1, it did involve good living conditions and a lot of respect. Everyone who fought in the war is thought of as a hero although members of the Air Force in particular received a lot of respect. They were seen as "heroes" to the public, which is a lot better than what was thought of the men who stayed on the Homefront. Men on the Homefront received very little respect and were thought of as cowards because they didn't go and fight for their country in the military. Also, members of the Air Force and all military personnel were paid well compared to a member of the Homefront who received little money for there days spent in the factories. Living conditions for the members of the Air Force were very well but we're obviously not as good as the living conditions for the Homefront. As a member of the Homefront, you got to remain in your own house and sleep in a bed every night and everything would be very comfortable and familiar. Although members of the Air Force didn't get to remain in their own homes, they did get to sleep in barracks with beds. This is much more desirable and comfortable compared to the living conditions of those in the naval service and land front. As you can see, being a member of the Air Force had its advantages. However, the safety was not ideal. As one can imagine, being in the Homefront was the safest position during World War 1. Although they worked in factories with dangerous objects, they did not have to fear combat. Members of the Air Force had to endure freezing temperatures and high wind speeds while flying. There was also the fear of crashing or being shot down while in combat. However, this is still better than the safety of the land front and naval services. Overall, the members of the home front had the best safety but the living conditions and respect one would receive from being in the Air Force is more desirable. This is why I believe being a member of the Air Force was the most desirable position during World War 1.