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Describe the deep imprint left by the First World War on European society and polity.

Asked by Topperlearning User 28th September 2015, 3:05 PM
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The deep impact left by the First World War on the European society and polity:

 Soldiers were placed above civilians.

 Politicians and publicists laid great stress on the need for men to be aggressive, strong and masculine.

 However, all these things were glorified by the media. The truth was that the soldiers lived miserable lives in the trenches, trapped with rats feeding on corpses.

 They faced poisonous gas and enemy shelling, and witnessed their ranks reduce rapidly.

 Aggressive war propaganda and national honour occupied centre stage in the public sphere, while popular support grew for conservative dictatorships.

 In fact, democracy was a young and fragile idea, which could not survive the instabilities of interwar Europe.

Answered by Expert 28th September 2015, 5:05 PM
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