The Domestic Impact

  • Alan S. Milward
Part of the Studies in Economic History book series


ONE thing may be remarked about the more recent interpretations — their parochiality. Were we to ask a citizen of Japan, Russia or Germany whether he perceived an extraordinary degree of change in our society over the period from 1914, and were he to use his own society as a yardstick, he might well reply that he did not. It has been fairly pointed out that the actual social reforms which Titmuss can unequivocally attribute to war are neither very numerous nor very impressive: the free treatment of venereal disease, free immunisation against diphtheria, an increase in the number of children provided with milk and dinners at school and the abolition of the household means test, which has in any case tended to creep back in disguises. To claimthe Welfare State and the major changes in the British economy which it implied as the result of the war is to place a lot of strain on the concept of a change of social attitude during the war. Yet there can be no doubt that war did change social aspirations and that this change in its turn was connected with changes in the economic system. The question is, what changes? It is here that we must step outside the periphery of these theories of social change to examine the more empirical research of those who have pursued the paths first opened up by Bowley.


Real Wage Full Employment Unskilled Labour Financial Policy Rent Control 
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© The Economic Hstory Society 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan S. Milward
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  1. 1.Stanford UniversityUSA

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