Social Statistics 1914-2014
The Guardian recently worked together with four major newspapers from across Europe to gather data on how life in Europe has changed since 1914. They have gathered their findings into a series of graphic representations of the changes.
Data was gathered on life expectancy, which has rapidly risen, birth rates, which have contracted, the size of each nation’s military and the populations of each country - which have massively increased since 1914.
The most interesting aspect of the statistics is that we can compare the national characteristics of the major combatants. In 1914, Germany had by far the largest population and number of men under arms, closely followed by France. It’s interesting to note that the relative size of the nations’ militaries have all shrunk except in Italy where it has increased.
The raw data gathered by the newspapers can be seen here, it includes a number of fields, such as car ownership, for which data could not be collected for all of the countries.
More on the First World War can be found here