WW1: Does the peace that ended the war haunt us today?
From conflict in the Middle East to the politics of the European Union, there are many aspects of the modern world that can be traced back to decisions and actions taken in the aftermath of World War One.
The growth of the population, industrialisation and urbanisation, created a large, discontented urban working class Appalling working and living conditions led to social unrest and demands for political reform. Improvements in transport made people more aware of the wider world. The development of industry led to the growth of a wealthy middle class. They had economic power but no political power. They pressed for political reform and saw unification as the only way forward.