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Britain in the Age of Total War

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Edward Eaton History Coursework Assignment Britain in the Age of Total War a) Source A is written 50 years after the Blitz and by a publisher. This makes it a secondary source. It is written in a very enthusiastic and flattering way of the British who kept their "sense of humour" in the "most appalling circumstances". The source is slightly dubious as it only gives positive opinions about the British response to the Blitz, and does not provide any evidence to justify the British as "heroes". The facts it does contain are general opinions about the reaction of the British to the Blitz and the comment. Being on the front cover of a 'celebratory' book, the extract acts as an advertisement, and is deliberately positive in order to make the British feel proud of their ancestors whose "memories will break you heart and make you smile", so that they will purchase the book. ...read more.

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The source also does not help us to understand the reactions of the general public as it was censored by the government in order to maintain morale, therefore the majority of British would not have seen this image, and we cannot comment on how this image would affect society as a whole as they did not have access to it. Source C is useful as it shows the Blitz had a unifying effect on the British; despite the heavy bomb damage the British still showed courage and "grit". It is also a useful contemporary source as it was taken in September 1940, the time when London was bombed most heavily, so this photograph represents the images the British were seeing at the worst times of the Blitz so their effects would be to influence others to be strong like the 'rest of Britain'. ...read more.

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unified, whereas source D depicts sullen, unhappy figures amongst damaged property, although unclear, the "sorting personal property" caption could refer to looting that occurred during the Blitz. The likelihood is that source C was a staged propaganda photograph by the government and does not represent the real effects that the Blitz caused, whilst source D was a genuine picture of unhappy British, but was censored to prevent morale loss in the rest of the population. Sources D and B differ in that B shows actual death whereas D only shows the low morale of the public, both were censored by the government as they would have shown the general population the undesirable effects the Blitz caused. Whilst D agrees with sources B and C in that German bombs caused huge damage to British buildings, D shows that morale among the public was low, and there was even looting in some badly hit areas such as Coventry. d) ...read more.

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