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How did World War I change Western governments and societies (particularly in politics, economies, and the way people lived)?

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World War I had a massive impact on Western society. It drastically impacted the economies and lifestyles of many people throughout Europe and the Americas. One of the biggest results was a sense of nihilistic existentialism, which led many young people—those who had served in the war and those who had lost friends in the war—to act more impulsively, leading to the Flapper lifestyles and the Roaring 20s.

Additionally, the Industrial complex that had been built up to provide resources during the war continued along during this time period, promoting wealth and spending, but without much regulation. This led to two major developments—one of which was the eventual Great Depression. The second development, however, was a wealth of monopolies developing in various industries. Both of these things prompted the government to step in and become more involved in industry and business, which was uncommon prior to that time. Anti-trust and anti-monopoly laws were created, and Roosevelt...

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