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Is there sufficient evidence in sources D to J to explain why the Troubles broke out in Northern Ireland in 1969?

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Is there sufficient evidence in sources D to J to explain why the Troubles broke out in Northern Ireland in 1969? To answer this question I shall look at each source individually and evaluate them and use knowledge of my own I will then look to link them all together to make a firm conclusion clearly stating whether there is sufficient evidence in the sources D to J. The first source, which I shall evaluate, is source D. Source D is an extract of a Roman Catholic describing her school days and the anti-protestant stance taken by the vice principal. This shows that Ireland was literally 'divided' by the nationalists and unionists. This is brought forward when the Roman Catholic says: 'She didn't hate Protestants. But her view was that they weren't Irish' This shows that they still referred to themselves as Irish and not as British and wanted Ireland to be separated from Non Irish people. ...read more.

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From the Protestant point of view this is suggesting any violence, which will be caused, would be started by the Irish Catholics. The photograph of RUC officers striking a civil rights marcher, which is source H, the fifth source, which I shall evaluate, is the first source to show an example of violence. This shows the 'discrimination' of the British government on the unionists and the harassment the British government instruct the authorities to use on them. It has also given the first example of resistance by Catholics against the British government in the form of marches/protests. Source I is a photograph of crowd violence between Loyalists and civil rights marchers at Burntoilet. This is probably the best source showing an example of why the Troubles started in 1969. The photo itself is blurry and unclear. However, of the information you can gather from the photo you can see it is significant. This is an example of the confrontation put forward by both sides although the civil rights marchers were not there for a conflict. ...read more.

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The video from this point in my eyes became biased towards the Catholics and showed the story from their point of view. So, although it informed me of the main points of 'Bloody Sunday' it didn't look professional, unbiased and informative. It did however, give a reason for retribution from the Catholics for the people killed and showed that neither side were willing to back down. So overall it was a relevant and helpful source, which showed the level of violence that occurred at what were supposed to be 'peaceful protests.' So overall I feel that the sources don't fully explain why the Troubles broke out in 1969. If I didn't have the knowledge I did have on the struggle for Ireland these sources would have been unnecessary as there is not enough detailed text to explain why the events were happening although Source J, the video showed reasons and backed them up with examples. I feel image alone is not enough to explain why the troubles broke out in full but gives a small amount of understanding. ...read more.

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