• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Modern World study - The Events of Bloody Sunday

Extracts from this document...


Why have the events of 'Bloody Sunday' Produced such different interpretations? On January 30, 1972, soldiers from the British Army's 1st Parachute Regiment opened fire on unarmed and peaceful civilian demonstrators in the Bog side, Derry, Ireland, near the Rossville flats, killing 13 and wounding a number of others. One wounded man later died from illness attributed to that shooting. The march was to banish internment from the streets of Ireland. The march, which was called to protest internment, was "illegal" according to British government authorities. Internment without trial was introduced by the British government on August 9, 1971. The British-government-appointed Widgery Tribunal found soldiers were not guilty of shooting dead the 13 Civilians in cold blood. It was a 4-year period of increased violence that began in 1968 and led up to the bloody events of January 30, 1972. ...read more.


In reaction to the increased violence and political unrest, the government began internment without a charge or trial and banned demonstrations. Leading up to this period the Republicans, or Catholics, sought a unified Ireland with no control or intervention by the British. The British in turn were not about to give up part of their country, but felt they were making concessions toward civil rights. Favouritism was still present for Protestants in housing, wages, and government there was soon an overwhelming amount of offence going towards the Catholic part of the population of free Derry eventually police overturned it by stopping the violence towards the mostly Catholic population the targets of the Catholic attacks became the police and the army. In a desperate attempt to protect themselves from the constant barrage of attacks the Catholics built barricades across the roads of N.Ireland to stop then from being harmed by the Army and the police force. ...read more.


Source 3 is another example of the constant onslaught the British army had to see after this, the Man claims to have over heard a conversation in the pub about some soldiers going on duty to 'clear the bog' but this man we think was after the spotlight we think he was there to stir things up again, and for the soldiers sake this was not taken in too politely by the public still the army face accusations of firing at unarmed civilians. At last two reports were released by the government implying that all shall be forgotten for the truth will never be uncovered, one named the 'Saville Report' was released when the IRA ceasefire was in operation, the IRA had decided to stop fighting. And let the army do what they were sent there to do, without IRA interrogations and interferences things could cool down a little. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Ireland and World War 1

    3 star(s)

    Ulster Unionists- Edward Carson was the speaker on the Unionist side. He set out to use Ulster to block Home Rule. Carson had become Unionist leader in 1910. In one way Carson was a strange choice to lead Ulstermen, because he was a Southern Unionist from Dublin and his home was in London.

  2. Ireland - Modern World Study

    They gained Home Rule, they accepted the British King but were able to make their own laws for the 26 countries of the Free State, but they had to accept an Ireland with no Ulster, though they would not accept that this would be permanent.

  1. bloody sunday assignment 1

    The Northern Ireland government gave some concessions as a result and the Civil Rights movement agreed to suspend its activities. But then the People's Democracy was set up. It was made up of Catholic students in university from Belfast, the three main leaders of this People's Democracy were: Eamon McCann, Michael Farrell and Bernadette Devlin.

  2. How valuable are sources 1,5,6,7,8,9 in explaining the events of bloody Sunday?

    Its value in explaining events, however, its strengthened by Source 7. Source 7 is a statement from a report for "The Guardian" newspaper.

  1. The events that occurred in Derry on January 30th 1972 became known as Bloody ...

    It therefore was appropriate for the British authorities to support the accounts of the soldiers policing the march who claimed they acted in self-defence.

  2. From studying all of the sources I do not think that it is possible ...

    The source is greatly exaggerated in some places for example it says that it was a punch but really it was a slap and the source also says the embassy was burned down but really it was only set on fire, not burned down to the ground like you are first lead to believe.

  1. Which of these two sources would a historian studying 'Bloody Sunday' find the more ...

    be more useful in informing the historian of the Tsar's opinion of 'Bloody Sunday'. The historian would also need to look at other primary sources to compare how the day was portrayed and so get a better idea of what went on - a contrasting example would be Father Gapon's diary.

  2. How useful are sources A, B, C and D to someone trying to find ...

    Source C and D show two Irish cartoons both published in 1780 and which present the opposite view of the struggle. They both show the English suppressing the Irish Catholics in the protestant ascendancy and are examples of Irish propaganda.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work