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The Blitz - source related study.

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History GCSE coursework Question 1 Source A tells us a lot about the response of the British people to the effects of the Blitz. The extract given shows only a one sided view, 'the publisher.' Source A gives the publishers description of the book, not the author, and will encourage the people to buy the book as it has been printed on the inside cover of the book. We learn that Britain during the Blitz stood strong 'unshakeable determination' this again highlights that it is a bias opinion and may not have been true or felt by the people of Britain. The publisher has chosen very strong words to describe the effects the Blitz had on the people of Britain, such as 'heroes & courage' but uses antithesis using 'terror & tragedy' this is very dramatic and would help sell the book because the publishers main point is that the people of Britain during the Blitz were very strong and their morals remained high. We can also tell that the morals of the British nation remained high throughout the Blitz because the purpose of the book was to celebrate the victory of the Blitz and its fifty-year anniversary. ...read more.

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It also supports B because both photos were censored although D was released to the public sooner than B was aloud to be published. Sources B, C and D also have differences as well as being able to support each other; source D looks natural and doesn't look posed at all. Source D does not show dead people so it does not support B in that way. Source D supports B and C when showing why censorship was introduced, because it 'does' show damage, the same as B and C, but doesn't show it to the extent of B , showing the dead, which is probably why photo D was released soon than B. Question 4 We know source E would make the government concerned because it is a secret report from the ministry of information telling the government that the moral of British people was dropping rapidly. It shows that not only was the moral being lost but the people of Britain were panicking very badly every time the sirens went off. ...read more.

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I know that the government controlled photos taken that were published so moral would not be broken and to create the idea of great community spirit. So C does show unity but is posed. Source B displays my main reason as to why I disagree that there was courage and unity. B shows the real effects the Blitz had on the people of Britain and it also demonstrates censorship, again proving the government was hiding things like this to try and raise moral. Sources E, F and G show that people were afraid and ununified, showing low moral. These sources are very likely to be true and reliable in upholding my opinion of Britain not having courage and unity. All sources deal with only London and Coventry. I know that these were both major cities that were bombed during the Blitz. So I cannot judge on how the whole of Britain faced the Blitz as sources A-G are only based around London. Overall all sources and facts I know suggest to me that the people of Britain were not unified and there was very little courage being felt by the people of Britain. Charlotte Tufnell 10M ...read more.

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