After the start of World War Two, life changed considerably in Britain. To avoid giving the enemy visual reference points at night, full blackout curtains had to be used to keep light from escaping from windows. Vehicle lights had to be covered so that only a pinhole was left to allow light to escape. Fuel was rationed, especially gasoline. Food was rationed, especially meat and other animal products, also clothing. Young children were sent into the country from the cities to protect them from the air raids. There were shortages of all kinds of consumables, from liquor to cigarettes. New cars were unavailable, and practically everyone between the ages of 18 and 50 was in some kind of military service, unless their job was considered essential to the war effort. Childless women aged 19-30 were also subject to national service, though not in a combat role.
WWII changed Britain forever.
In WWI, Britain considered itself a great power. One reason for that war was the fear the British felt of Germany, a rising power. The British had twice beaten down the French who had tried to reach for colonial expansion. Before that, they had harrassed and eventually beaten the Spanish, taking many of their colonies in the process.Thus Britain saw Germany, a rising power that desired colonies, possibly at the expense of England, as a threat.
WWI saw Britain emerge a victor nation, appearing to be stronger than ever. Additional colonies were collected. Britain had no real rival for several years on the high seas. All seemed well on the surface. But in reality strains were beginning to show.
When WWII started, these stresses reached crisis status. Many leaders in Britain realized that the war would bankrupt the country, overstress its financial and industrial base, and likely cost Britain its position as a world leading nation. Churchill would hear no arguments however, and proceeded on a war path. Ultimately this led to the bankruptcy and collapse of empire predicted by wiser heads.
The two wars thus changed Britain in tremendous fashion. Britain turned from a nation with vast overseas possessions in mining, plantations and other assets, to a creditor nation. The colonies were quickly lost. The assets were mostly sold at distressed prices to finance the war.
The Britain that emerged from WWII was much poorer than the one that entered it. The government changed too in reaction to this increase poverty. The old conservative, industry/colony based governments of the past were swept aside. (Churchill didn't even get to stay in office until the conflict was over). The replacement government was socialist in makeup, controlled by labor unions, hostile to industry, agreeable to high taxes on capital, and shot through with communist influence.
Britain went into a long decline, until, incredibly, their standard of living fell below that of Germany and other European nations. The Thatcher government of the 1980s stabilized the situation somewhat but basically Britain today is just another minor nation on the map. The world leading nation that entered WWII is a thing of the past.AddendumThe above answer (#2) is substantially accurate. I would like to add a few points.
Britain didn't get out of World War II until the surrender of Germany in May 1945.
more people were scared
After the end of World War II, Britain underwent enormous social change and the country was bankrupted after the war.
There was more rights for women
hard and dangerous
They were on a break.
Life changed after world war 2 because people didn't have very much money
Great Britain, or more correctly The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was involved in both World War 1 and World War 2.
Because it did
where did they fight in britain during world war 2
Life was very hard for those living in Britain during World War I. These individuals were always faced with the threat of night raids, lack of food, illnesses, and other such problems that struck the severely war torn areas.
Britain joined world war one in 1914
The Battle of Britain occured during World War II not World War I.
Britain wasn't defeated in World War II.
Britain wasn't invaded during World War 2
world war 1
Germany did not declare war on Britain. Britain declared war on Germany to protect Belgium.
Britain forgave Germany after the war
Yes, the war brought about a social revolution in Britain. Shared experiences of those involved in the war and those families that were left behind caused great social change.
That would be none. Great Britain is an island. It didn't change shape.
less potatoes (:
they went into slavery
Britain and France were "joyless victors" after World War I because to neither did victory in war bring the good life in peace, both were troubled democracies,and none of them experienced a revolution or a shift to authoritarian government.