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Sources B,C and G

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Question 3: Study sources B, C and G compare the value of sources B, C and G to the historian studying the long march (10 marks For an historian studying the Long March, Sources B, C and G, when considered, are quite valuable. Each source has different origins and hold very different views. All the sources have varying ideas and a message they wish to portray. As a result, the sources could lose value and reliability as the historian must consider whether the sources are influenced and whether details have been left out. Each source has an individual value, but this grows stronger when the sources are considered collectively, as it allows the historian to get a broad and deep understanding. For example Source B is a primary source from an interview with a CCP soldier. It gives the historian valuable information as to specific details about the March and the harsh weather of the Long March 'we marched through the late autumn and early winter, westward always westward'. This Source is written by a soldier, rather than Mao himself. ...read more.

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Throughout the Source, Zedong promotes the Long March, but it would be wrong to assume that everything within this Source is accurate. For example, unlike in Source B, Zedong has portrayed a very positive view of the Long March and the Red Army's achievement so the motive of the source could be considered to be propaganda. However, Mao has referred to how the CCP were 'intercepted by a huge force of several thousand men' which coincides with Source B's opinion therefore increasing the value and reliability of both sources. Although some of the information within Source G may have been blurred such as the number of CCP soldiers who died on the Long March, it does not lower from its value and the relevance it has for an historian, however, it does effect it's reliability. Source G also to Source B does have its own flaws. And the main one of these is that it doesn't give the entire truth and doesn't acknowledge the viewpoints of the GMD. ...read more.

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For example it is possible to cross-reference facts between sources in order to consider how reliable they are. For instance both Sources B and G illustrate how the CCP marched westward and use the same figure for the soldiers, as a result, the historian is able to assume this fact to be correct as the sources support each other. In conclusion, I believe that each source has its individual merits and is useful to an historian in different ways. Source B would be useful for getting an understanding into the actual events of the March, as it accepts both viewpoints. Source C is helpful for highlighting a GMD perspective and Source G is useful for gaining an insight into the CCP's view. Analysing the Sources collectively obscures their negative aspects in terms of any one sidedness like in Source C and G and allows the historian to cross-reference the different views. Therefore they are all useful, with Source B being slightly more valuable because it is the one the historian can trust most. Each source has its own insufficiencies, but when considered collectively; their shared value increases an historian's knowledge widely. Word count: 837 ...read more.

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