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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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Richard Wiseman 11GH History Coursework. Is there sufficient evidence in Sources D to J to explain why the troubles broke out in Northern Ireland in 1969? I have been given a number of sources. I intend to relate them to the question above, using my knowledge of the subject and other sources. All the sources are very useful. They give indications to the reasons for the hate and revenge culture between the Catholics and Protestants. The sufficiency of some of the sources however is limited, some of the sources are one sided, biased. Also some major events in the history of Ireland in regards to the conflicts of 1969 are not included, such as partition. Partition was a key factor in explaining the reasons behind the conflict. The earliest source is a drawing taken from a protestant textbook. It shows the Catholics attacking the Protestants in 1641. It gives indications of the long rooted conflict between the two and the hate felt between them. ...read more.

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Because of this it is not wholly reliable. But this source does demonstrate suspicion and malevolence on the behalf on the Protestants. This is a feeling that has stayed within the communities in Ireland to this day. This bigotry still fuels conflict. This source does not actually indicate the key reasons at that period for the attitude displayed by the Protestants in this cartoon. Therefore I do not believe this source to be sufficient. The next source is a map showing the gerrymandering in Derry in 1966. It shows how the elections were rigged so there were fewer Nationalists elected. It gives us an insight into the reasons for strong feelings of anger towards the Protestants. It highlights the discrimination against the Catholics in Northern Ireland. They were treated as second class citizens. Priority for housing was given to Protestants, and without owing a home they could not vote. Thus Unionists prevailed in the elections. Also the boundaries for constituaries were doctored to the needs of the Unionists. ...read more.

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This gave me a better understanding of why Source G, the protestant drawing of the 1641 massacres, was insufficient. It alone gives a one sided view of this period in Irish History and therefore gives a biased view of the Catholics. I have also studied the background of the civil rights movement and previous marches on the CD-ROM. Helping me assess the sufficiency of source H. This is the photo of RUC officer beating the civil rights marcher. I have found out why he was being beaten and I have found out about other marches and subsequent violence. These sources have given me a wide understanding of the Problems in Northern Ireland. This knowledge that I have attained has allowed me to come to a conclusion in relation to my question. I do not think that there is sufficient information in these sources to explain the problems in Northern Ireland. Some important events in Irish history are not addressed by these sources. Such as the Protestants who kicked the Catholics off the land to build their plantations in the 1600s or Easter Rising in 1916, and the partition of Ireland, a vitally important event. Other sources are not too factually reliable. ...read more.

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