How World War I changed the world
World War 1 changed the world in many ways for the reason that its effect shaped the world and changed the way things were done. Many of the things that are in the world today for instance the modern technology that is used in war have their origin in the First World War. The First World War led to a transformation in many fields for instance medicine thus completely changing the way things were done. The war produced many developments in medicine, warfare, politics and social attitudes changing the way people lived and carried out their activities.
First, it changed warfare for the reason that technology was employed in the art of war with airplanes, submarines, tanks and many other sophisticated weapons being used. The technologies that are used in war nowadays were used in World War 1 meaning that it transformed the way people fight. Before the war many countries used to rely on traditional methods of war where they used weapons that were not sophisticated unlike it is today. Mass production techniques developed during the war for the building of armaments revolutionized other industries in the post-war years (Ross, 347). Many industries sprang up after the war and this led to industrial revolutions in many countries that had a stake in the war. Most countries used the war as an opportunity to learn from others on matters related to technology and applied the same technology to their own countries leading to global transformation technology-wise.
Surgery and other medical issues were discovered and developed at that time, where military hospitals acted as places where experiments were carried out for medical intervention and other purposes. Many people were killed and others were seriously injured and this led to a necessity to look for ways in which the injured people could be assisted to live fulfilling lives. The Germans had build a lab in which they produced poisonous gases that they used during the war and also carried out experiments in the medical field (Waun, 632).Through numerous experiments doctors were able to discover that surgery was possible and this led to the development of surgery which is used in the modern day. Many of the veterans who were disfigured were assisted to live again though surgeries that were mostly carried out after the war. It is after the war that developments were done and surgery was able to be done by the use of sophisticated equipment. New developments have taken place in the field since the end of the war and the most delicate parts of the body can now be replaced by surgery. This has helped to change the world for the reason that many lives can now be saved through surgery which was first used during the war unlike it was before.
Blood banks were developed after the discovery in 1914 and this has helped to revolutionize technology in the field of medicine and this came in the course of world war 1.This has brought many changes in the field of medicine in that people can easily transfuse blood unlike it was before. The discovery of blood banks during the war was a major transformation in the medicine industry because it has helped to save many lives. It also made doctors to start studying the emotional as opposed to the physical stress of war.
The war also had major implications for the class structures that existed before especially in the European countries. The war tried to ensure that the gap that existed between different people was done away with. Decline of the upper classes was further hastened by the introduction of universal suffrage in many countries of Europe. The horrors of the War also gave an impulse to Christian socialism with the rally cry of ‘never again’. It also forced women into jobs that were a male preserve thus giving a boost to demands for women’s emancipation. The War also sparked a peace movement that had disarmament as its main aim. It also had major consequences for the European socialist and labor movement. Initially skilled workers in the armaments industry were not only exempted from military service but also enjoyed higher wages and better food in return for the banning of strike action.
The War also saw the introduction of an economy that was planned and a much bigger role for the state. After the outbreak of war the German government assumed control over banks, foreign trade and the production and sale of food as well as armaments. It also set maximum prices for various goods. When the Bolsheviks took power in Russia in 1917 they embarked on a vast nationalization programme and later a comprehensive planned economy. It brought great transformation in the world and changed the way many things were done. Many countries moved away from the traditional methods of war and embraced the new technology which brought in more sophisticated methods unlike it was before. The war changed almost everything in almost every field for the reason that major transformation took place in many fields for instance the field of medicine.
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