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Comparing three sources describing the German bombing of Britain.

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´╗┐Part Bii- Analyze and Evaluate Representations Which is the best representation for teaching us about a past event and why? This essay will examine, analyze and evaluate the three provided representations relating to the impact of the Second World War on British society. The main and sole purpose of this essay is to identify the best representation for teaching us about World War Two, and the reason as to why this particular source surpasses the other two. To begin with, the evaluation of each representation?s objectivity will be provided. Representation one is an article which has been written for the sole purpose of persuading readers that the British morale during the Blitz was extremely low. This is evident in the title of the article ?Rethinking British Morale?. Because of this source?s main purpose, it results in the representation being extremely objective and one-sided. Representation one only mentions ideas and points that support the idea that morale was low and Britain had no spirit. This is made evident when the article states that the ?high state of morale was in fact a myth? and ?there was a growing disenchantment? amongst the civilians. These quotes clearly indicate that representation 1 is partial and bias towards the impression that British optimism was low. ...read more.


Within the source we can see numerous beneficial details including ARP wardens, German bombing planes, search lights, destruction of major land masses/buildings and many more. This representation succeeds in teaching us about the Second World War by visually representing several drawings and pictures of activities, objects and people that were present at the time of the Blitz, thus making it very comprehensive and complete. In comparison, representation one isn?t as inclusive and complete as source two as it was made to persuade its readers that there was low morale and national unity. Because of this purpose, the information within the text has been specifically chosen and censored to ensure only one side of the argument is presented. For instance, the author of the article solely mentions that there was ?an illusion of social unity? and ?a growing disenchantment?. The opposite idea is never mentioned, and because of this matter, readers don?t get a comprehensive and broad idea of what the Second World War was like, consequently making it an inferior source in terms of its comprehensiveness. Lastly, representation 3 could be viewed as quite comprehensive and extensive, as it tell the whole and entire story about world war two. Not only does the source mention the basics, such as ?badly hit areas? and the ?German bombing campaign?, however it also covers topics such as the ?propaganda in the press? and ?Mass Observation Agency?. ...read more.


For example, it is very unlikely that a boy would have been within the city at the time of mass destruction (where buildings are collapsing, there are substantial fires and bombs are being dropped) the majority of children were evacuated into the countryside. As well as this, the extensity to the fire is quite inflated and hyperbolic. All of the attributes mentioned lead to representation two being considerably low in accuracy, hence making it an inadequate source (in terms of accuracy). Conversely, representation three was virtually faultless when it came to accuracy. For instance, numerous open-ended statements were made, such as there was ?wholesale destruction? and ?children were evacuated?. Although these statements could be deemed as precise, the author visibly supported them with hard-hitting evidence such as ?44,000 people died in bombing raids? and ?over one million children were evacuated?. All of the facts mentioned were entirely truthful, thus making the third representation much better than the previous two for teaching us about World War Two, in terms of its accuracy (mainly due to its extensive use of accurate statistics to back up its points). The whole purpose of source three is to provide students with learning and education aid, so the information within the source is required to be entirely accurate and useful. In conclusion, I believe that ...read more.

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