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There has been conflict in Northern Ireland for many centuries. But I am specifically going to look at how troubles broke out in Northern Ireland in 1969. I am going to look though sources D to I and use my own knowledge to work this out.

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Modern World Study: Conflict in Ireland Assignment: Model A2 Question 1 There has been conflict in Northern Ireland for many centuries. But I am specifically going to look at how troubles broke out in Northern Ireland in 1969. I am going to look though sources D to I and use my own knowledge to work this out. Source D was written by B Devlin in 1969. She was a Roman Catholic and wrote this information in her book "The Price Of My Soul", most likely to be published for the general public. In the source she talks about the Vice Principal, Mother Benignus, of St. Patrick's Academy in Dungannon. In the source I think B Devlin puts across what the vice principal was like without being bias. Devlin just states the facts. "She Dislikes the English" "She didn't hate Protestants" Looking at these comments you can see that there is some hate between the vice principal and the English, but not because they are protestants. She hated the English because her family had suffered at the hands of British forces. This shows a reason why trouble might have broken out in Northern Ireland in 1969. British troops were occupying the towns in Northern Ireland trying to keep things peaceful, but many Irish people report being badly treated by the British troops and these people were mostly Catholics. This could of then led to trouble breaking out, but there seems to have been trouble between the British and the Catholics for a long time, and not just in 1969. ...read more.

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ambushing Civil Rights marchers (Catholics) at Burntollet. This is good evidence showing the trouble and violence that broke out in 1969. It doesn't really give us any evidence at all why the violence happened but it shows that the violence did happen and it was a lot of people who got involved. Overall all sources D to I only give a few reasons why trouble broke out in 1969. They say about, the conflict between the British troops and Catholic Irish people, the different points of views between the Catholics and Protestants, the conflict between Catholic and Protestants, and how Protestants had more power in Northern Ireland. These all could of caused the outbreak of trouble in 1969. Although sources D to I don't show many reasons, I think they show enough to put across a good idea of why trouble broke out in 1969. I think this because from other sources and information I have seen, they also show these main points as being the ones that caused the violence. The sources show the conflict between the British troops and the Catholic Irish people which had been going on for a while, and they show the different points of views from Catholics and Protestants, which had also been going on a long time. But these things are not the reasons that sparked the trouble but they caused tension which then built up over time. ...read more.

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People finding evidence today cant look over the victims body's and check there pockets etc, like they could when 'Bloody Sunday' had just happened. So whenever new evidence is found to make a new conclusion, something can always be said to try and say its wrong. As 'Bloody Sunday' gets further and further away, it gets harder and harder to find new evidence. There is lots of evidence that people can look at, but a lot of the evidence contradicts another piece of evidence, so how do we know which is right. Some of it could be bias, like a Paratrooper wouldn't say that he didn't see anyone with a gun, and he just shot innocent people. Why has 'Bloody Sunday' produced such different historical Interpretations? I think it there are so many interpretations and conclusions, because of the many different people who have views on the events. There are Paratroopers, Catholics, Protestants, Marchers who were there, Family's of the killed, Scientists, the general public, and many other groups of people that see the events differently. Because of these different people, evidence has come from them that is different to other peoples views. Thus putting different ideas to other people, changing there conclusions of the events. So all different types of evidence has come from all different types of groups of people. This is the causing lots of different views on what actually happened on 'Bloody Sunday' which is why it is so hard for new inquiry's, like Lord Savilles's inquiry, to find the correct facts and find out what really happened on 'Bloody Sunday'. ...read more.

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