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Study representation 1 and 2. They are both representations of how the Nazis were able to control Germany in the year 1933-1939. How far do these representations differ?

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Study representation 1 and 2. They are both representations of how the Nazis were able to control Germany in the year 1933-1939. How far do these representations differ? Representations in history, are important because they allow us to analyse different accounts of events; some representations are primary sources and some are secondary. Either way, they are important due to them enabling us to conclude in history. In this case, representation 1 is a primary source which once belonged to Hitler's Nazi party, it was part of their manifesto, and it circulated during the 1930's. Representation 2, however, is a secondary source which was composed by Ben Walsh as part of his 'Modern World History', which is a student book published in 2002. Representation one is a Nazi propaganda poster produced in the 1930's. ...read more.

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The children seem happy and healthy, which gives awareness of their good upbringing. However, representation 2 is a historical account produced almost 70 years after the first representation in 2002. Representation 2 explores the factors which contributed to the Nazi's rise to power. It points the finger at the German citizens, though Ben Walsh impartially gives reason why the German people allowed this to happen; and that comes down to the Nazi party's scheming use of propaganda and threat. Because it was made for students, the author, Walsh was careful in that he does not just give conclusions, but instead gives an analytical as well as maintaining a factual prose. The representation also beholds a witty idiom: 'carrot and stick'; a strategy that offers a combination of reward and punishment which as a result encourages a certain reaction or behaviour. ...read more.

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It is quite difficult to rationalise which representation is better than the other, because they both have different purposes and audiences. Representation 1, at the time, was produced to gain support from the German citizens in favour of the Nazis, therefore, it was completely partial and it did not explore 'another side of the story' merely because it was an election tool. And as for the second representation, it is a historical account for students in high school; it is written on a much later date and gives an evaluation. The similarities only exist because they both illustrate propaganda, though in different styles and for different objectives. But it is commonplace for representation 2 to prove to be the more favourable one, because it gives an 'objective' overview. Yet, I do not and cannot rationalise how one could come to this type of conclusion given the imbalance of differences over similarities. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jamila Hussein 11A1 ...read more.

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