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Conflict In Ireland Coursework

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Conflict In Ireland Coursework - Assignment One Question 1a) Use all the provided sources. Do these sources provide enough evidence to show why the Easter Uprising took place? (10 marks) Question 1b) Using the sources and you own knowledge, explain why such events such as the Easter Rising have been interpreted in so many different ways. (10 marks) Question 2) Why is there a conflict in Northern Ireland? 1a) In order to determine whether the sources provided for this assignment are sufficient enough to produce a clear and correct picture on the causes of the Easter Uprising of 1916 it is necessary to analyse and consider the content of these sources. Factors that are important to consider fully are things such as dates, authors, any bias involved and whether the sources actually contain useful information about the causes of the Easter Uprising, in which case they must be further investigated, or whether the sources do not discuss or inform about the causes but rather consequences, or even mere facts, of the Easter Uprising. Sources A is useful as it informs the audience about the fact that the leaders of the rebellion held a meeting as early as three weeks after the first world war had begun to discuss when, not if, the rebellion should occur. Yet, it was not until Easter time of 1916 that the rebels decided to strike. Even though an Irish Volunteer, who was almost certainly a revolutionary nationalist, wrote the source there is no major reason for concern as to whether the source is biased as the source deals solely with the facts of how the idea of the Easter Rising began. Sources A and B are both most likely linked with the rebels and not the English as they were both written by the rebels. On the first glance at this they may be thought of as biased or exaggerated. ...read more.

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They thought that the British were savagely radical and unfair to do what they did. To conclude, the outcome of the Easter Rising has been interpreted in so many ways because of events that followed. Before the executions people thought of the rising as a failure simply because it appeared that way. The Irish people thought of the rebels as awful people because they had killed so many civilians in the process, as source E indicates. But after the executions people rapidly changed their minds about the rebels. They had after all risked and lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom from the politically and morally insane British government. At this point the people thought of the rebels as heroes and the British as the morbid failures who had been trying to conquer Ireland for so long but never really succeeded. The outcome of the Easter Rising was interpreted in two different ways, a failure and a success. The reason for it being interpreted differently is due to at which time it was interpreted and also very importantly, who the Easter Rising was interpreted by. 2) Dates are important in Ireland. This section will analyse critical dates, each of which represents a major lurch in the already unstable chronicle of Anglo-Irish relationships. What follows, therefore, is not an abbreviated history but an attempt to identify a succession of themes. In the beginning, the British wanted control over Ireland because if left alone, it would provide a pathway for Catholics from Europe to invade the Protestant England, If they left it unguarded, it would be a national security threat for the British. More than a century after the Norman Conquest of England, Henry II of England claimed and attempted to attach Ireland to his kingdom. He succeeded in establishing control in a small area around Dublin known as the Pale. Over the next four centuries this area was the beach-head for the kingdom of Ireland, adopting British administrative practices and the English language and looking to London for protection and leadership. ...read more.

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They are southern Ireland; they have barely any say in the affairs of Northern Ireland, however they are entitled to some input. The major reason for conflict in Ireland is because of Britain. If they had not taken over Ireland in the manner they did, i.e. planted Protestants, they would have had a far easier task to restore Ireland to what it should be like when the troubles began. They also made many stupid mistakes later. If they had acted in a better manner during the Easter Rising and not executed the rebels but instead given them proper trials, they could have controlled Ireland with the support from most of its people. Also, on another note, neither one of the different factions in Northern Ireland are willing to give any way whatsoever to let one another govern in their own way. Because of this steadfast resolution by all the parties involved, there is bound to be conflict. It would be the same all over the world, only the Irish are the society that needs a resolution to their crisis because it hit them first. All one can do is hope that someone gains the courage to say that they will give way for the other factions and are willing to come up with a resolution so that in the end, Ireland may become a free state and all past differences are put aside. One can also speculate over whether it would be a good thing to actually restore Ireland to one united country because the separation has been going on for so long that the whole idea has become institutionalised into the lives of the population of the whole of the Irish island. Therefore, it would be very hard for people to adapt and fit in with the new rule, did unification occur. There are many fundamental facts to consider in making decisions regarding the problems in Northern Ireland and hopefully this essay has helped produce a clearer picture of the situation. Conflict In Ireland Coursework - Assignment One Andreas Friberg 11W Page 1 History Mr Bowler ...read more.

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