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Oliver Latham Question One History Crime Coursework Both Sources A and H will be useful from a historic point of view when studying crime in Britain during the Second World War. Source A describes an interview with a head teacher in Sussex. It is an extract from a local newspaper of the area dated 1945 - at the time of the war and focuses on juvenile delinquency in and around the village of Ashurst Wood. The Source refers to records that seem to show an 'increase of juvenile delinquency throughout Sussex'. Evidence from my own studies does support this as we know for instance that remand homes were full by February 1941 and court records show evidence of teenage blackout gangs on an increase. Moreover the content is indeed useful when exploring types of crime and the reasons behind it. ...read more.


On account of this there is not adequate information to suggest that crime rates were increasing among all age groups. Source H describes an interview in 2004 with a woman who grew up in wartime London. The content is partly general, but some precise examples are given in this case a 'key on a string' which was allegedly kept at the door of the child's house. This suggests that people cared little for security and this could have been because the government assured people there was a strong feeling of 'patriotism' during the war so no one would think of stealing from their neighbour or because people knew they could be 'here one day and dead the next' and so cared little for personal possessions. Propaganda posters at the time do reflect a patriotic England but these were almost certainly contrived and so lose their usefulness a little. ...read more.


What is more the woman only describes life in her street in London which may not have been affected by crime quite as much as other areas. She refers to 'neighbours' and 'school life' but apart from that there is no mention of the outside goings on of London as a whole. Besides as a child she is likely to have been shielded from society's problems by her parents and so would have no experience of crime. In conclusion both sources are useful when exploring crime in specific areas. Source A would be very useful when finding crime rate among juveniles and among small towns and villages. Conversely Source H is a useful insight into live in London during the Blitz and people's attitude towards crime and security. Overall Source A is the most useful as it refers to strong historic evidence to come to a firm conclusion on the rate and causes of crime. ...read more.

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