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Conflict And Co-operation - We have been set a task to find out the effects of conflict on individuals using the First World War.

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Conflict And Co-operation Introduction We have been set a task to find out the effects of conflict on individuals using the First World War. We will be evaluating the sources we were given, plus the source we have chosen. We will be judging them and seeing how reliable and useful they are. Sources A and B are both primary evidence, this means that they were written by people who were actually in the war. They know what they're talking about but you can't be sure if they're completely honest. Sources C and D are secondary evidence, this means that they have been adapted from somewhere and researched. Source E is they source of our own choice, the information I have chosen for it is secondary evidence. Sources A and B Source A is an extract from an Autobiography by Siegfried Sassoon, it was written in 1928, ten years after the war ended. It is a good source because it tells us how he felt being in the trenches whilst in the war; "lugging rolls of concertina wire along a narrow trench swilling with mud and water wasn't much fun", "I could see the ruined village below the hill and the leafless trees; there seemed no comfort left in my life". The war affected him so much that even lost his faith in Jesus. The strengths in this source are that it has been written by someone who was actually in the war at the time, so it is all first hand/primary evidence. ...read more.


Sources C and D Source C is a textbook account from 'Challenge and Change' by Phillip Ingram, published in 2000. This is a secondary piece of evidence, which may not have been written first hand but has been researched so it is still a useful source. This source tells us about life in the trenches from quite a few different angles; Life in the trenches, Night in the trenches, Death in the trenches, The cost of trench life, The experience of battle, and changing attitudes to the war. It also tells us about how the soldiers must have been feeling, the illnesses that were around, what it was like living in the trenches and what happened. Here are some examples; "The hours of darkness were the most active and tense time in the trenches", "Others suffered from a wide variety of physical illnesses", "The sheer discomfort of living in the trenches, and "For many men the experience of battle was one of senseless sacrifice. They were ordered out of their trenches to cross No Man's Land in a hail of machine-gun bullets and shrapnel". There were long term effects on the soldiers and ten years after the war had ended 65,000 soldiers were in mental homes because of the things they saw and things they were made to do. The strengths of source C are that there is a lot of relevant information and the author has got his information from a wide variety of places so it isn't just one persons view. ...read more.


Source E's strengths are that they are real diary entries from people of all different rank in the war so your not just getting one persons view and because it covers a lot of aspects in the war, it didn't just concentrate on one thing. The weaknesses of this source are that it can be biased because someone has chosen which bits to put in the book and they could of left bits out which they thought weren't important but might have been important to someone else. This source isn't completely fair but it does give you a really good idea about how people felt and because they were real diary entries they were true feelings of the soldiers. Conclusion There are strengths and weaknesses in all of the sources, this is because you can't be 100% sure that they are totally true but sources A and B were written by people who were in the war so there is no reason to lie because they shouldn't have to make any up, and C, D and E have all been researched which gives you a variety of views from different people. I think that source E is the most useful because it gives you a lot of different views from different rank soldiers and officers in the war so you get to see what it was like from all different angles. Rebecca L'Affineur ...read more.

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