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

The events that occurred in Derry on the 30th of January 1972 became known as

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The events that occurred in Derry on the 30th of January 1972 became known as "bloody Sunday". Why have these events produced such different historical interpretations? Refer to sources A-C and any of the other interpretations of the events from your studies to help you in your answer. January 1972 has produced such different historical interpretations of what happened on bloody Sunday for a number of different reasons. The two big divides in what happened on that day are down to politics, religion and culture and the social society at that time in Ireland. As we know Ireland was facing many troubles politically and religiously, there seemed to be many marches and protests against the discriminate laws that persecuted the catholic people in Ireland. On the 30th of January 1972 a nationalist demonstration took place illegally in the centre of Derry, the police and government banned the march as they thought it would provoke violence. The march was lead by catholic supporters who were demonstrating against the protestant-biased law of internment for Catholics. ...read more.

Middle

Source (a) is an article on the Saville enquiry; it shows what both the nationalists and parachute regiment thought of the enquiry. As the Saville enquiry showed more evidence fore the catholic interpretations, the enquiry was said to be "greeted with triumph" by the nationalists politicians and families, this enquiry showed more evidence and probably changed or reinforced their interpretations probably a lot more people changed their views after this enquiry was brought out as it had strong evidence that the people that were killed were innocent. This source shows how the Saville enquiry angered the British Para troopers, a former Para trooper was said to have "attacked the evidence as rubbish" and also their supporters accused Tony Blair of setting up the enquiry to appease Sinn Fein, the daily mail who is responsible for this article is known as a conservative paper and opposes Sinn Fein and so they feel the Para troopers are not being given a fair trial, this could of reinforced the Para troopers views as they couldn't afford to change their interpretation as they would be accused of lying to the courts and could end up in prison for a long period of time. ...read more.

Conclusion

meant they were expected to act with extreme force, when after the 14 people were killed only who were catholic it leaves other Catholics with stronger interpretations against the troops and also when there's an enquiry that totally agrees that all who were killed were innocent including scientific evidence then there's no doubt that there is going to be reinforced, altered or a completely u turned view on what happened on bloody Sunday This source is not completely reliable so it could not have been taken as total 100% proof of the Para troopers planning to kill people, reasons being the witness heard the comment in the pub, he and the soldiers could have been drinking alcohol, he could of misheard what they said and he himself could be a nationalist and put his own interpretation on what they said. This event has produced so many different interpretations, these have been influenced by a number of external factors, such as biased accounts, media manipulation and political and religious direction so know one will never know what truly happened on that brutal day when 14 people were killed. ...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. Sunday January On 30, 1972, in an incident since known as Bloody Sunday, twenty-seven ...

    This near enough saw the setting up of "non-go areas" were the normal rule of law didn't function. During the day a catholic civilian was shot dead by the USC during street disturbances. The next day there were more riots in Belfast where many people were killed and families were forced out of their homes.

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

    The source does not say which side fired first, but does suggest that the army at times "bordered on the reckless" which may provide a clue to his feelings on the outcomes of the shootings.

  1. How far are the tensions in Northern Ireland due the events f 30th January ...

    their faith under the Church of England which originated from British Rule. Henry claimed rule over Ireland as King and commanded the Irish population to obey under him, including religiously. Protestantism started appears in Catholic part all over Ireland. Through this emerged the start of the conflict between the Catholics of Ireland and the Protestants of Britain.

  2. What Happened at Sharpeville on 21st March 1960?Massacre or Self-Defence?

    They would consider the fact that the Bishop was searching too hard for evidence and that it must have been in order to increase the support for the Africans. All of the witnesses that are mentioned are those who were seriously injured and would do anything to put the blame onto the police.

  1. The events that occurred in Derry on 30th January 1979 became known as Bloody ...

    This new evidence presents a new chance for those who they believe are murderers to be put on trial. Another change, which discredits the original evidence, is that "forensic scientist Dr. John Martin, who gave evidence to the Widgery hearing that Mr.

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

    Source C supports that view because it tells of soldiers being heard before Bloody Sunday, talking about "clearing the bog", which is referring to Derry's bog side. However the source also shows that the information could be unreliable as it took place in a pub and could just be hearsay.

  1. How realistic is a United Ireland in the context of past and present events? ...

    English landlords were blamed for the famine, as the tenants couldn't pay their rent. The British Government where seen as unresponsive to the plight of Catholics. This action showed the division between Catholics and Protestants. This showed that the protestants were behaving as they had intended, being English and different from Irish Catholics and holding political power.

  2. 'Bloody Sunday' 30 January 1972 - source related study.

    These are all paramilitaries and the gravestones show that the paramilitaries intend to kill and are violent. This source also perceives the Irish as monsters. This English cartoon was written in 1982, which was ten years after Bloody Sunday happened.

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