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The events that occurred in Derry on the 30th January 1972 became known as 'Bloody Sunday'. Why have these events produced such different historical interpretations?

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  • Submitted: 31/03/2006
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GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85

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Victoria Harmer

The events that occurred in Derry on the 30th January 1972 became known as 'Bloody Sunday'. Why have these events produced such different historical interpretations?

In this essay I am going to try to explain what happened after 'Bloody Sunday' and why there are such different interpretations of the event. I am going to look at 4 different sources; 2 newspaper reports, an ITN news report and also a video of a BBC documentary. I will also use my own knowledge to interpret the sources. After the event an enquiry known as the, 'Widgery Report' came to a verdict that the army was not to blame for what happened where as Nationalists see the verdict as wrong and believe this is a reason which has stopped independence in Ulster. On the 29th January 1998 the Prime Minister Tony Blair ordered another enquiry into 'Bloody Sunday' which is still on going to the present day and is the 'Saville Report'.

The troubles in Ulster had hit an all time high in 1969 and after that marches and parades were usually an excuse for violence and rioting between Catholics and Protestants. Therefore on

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