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What can you learn from Source A about the response of the British people to the effects of the Blitz?

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BRITAIN IN THE AGE OF TOTAL WAR ASSIGNMENT 2: OBJECTIVE 1 What can you learn from Source A about the response of the British people to the effects of the Blitz? Source A is useful in learning that the people of Britain were very determined and just lived their lives with minor differences. Although it made life harder, British morale was on average, very high. ButHowever, this being said, the passage itself is slanted towards the British. It was written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Blitz, so it is looking back on the Blitz happily, and regarding everyone as heroes. There were many good points, that the publisher is bringing to light; the people did band together to form a tightly-knittightly knit community that supported each other, and lived through appalling conditions with a smile on their face. People would want to remember the good things-human minds have the tendency to block out those memories that haunt them, so for people who lived through the Blitz, they would reminisce about the community spirit, and not the hundreds of injured and dying. This introduction was written by the publisher on the inside cover of the book, the first thing that would be read; this would entice people to buy it, earning the publisher more money. Word Count: 183 ASSIGNMENT 2: OBJECTIVE 2 How useful are Sources B and C in helping you to understand the effects of the Blitz on the people of Britain? ...read more.

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ButHowever, the main difference is that one is reality and the other is posed. Without the caption, the photograph is normally interpreted in a gloomy and miserable way, but it that can still be limited by propaganda. The once soaring city of Coventry, home of aircraft manufacture, was turned to ruin by the sudden, extended bombing. Word Count: 245 ASSIGNMENT 2: OBJECTIVE 4 Use sources E, F, and G and your own knowledge, to explain why the government was concerned about the morale of the British people in the autumn of 1940? The Blitz was not a good time for the British, as the sources E and F clearly articulate. "...people run madly for the shelters". The general public were in a state of mass hysteria, and panic had begun to surface. Many people had been killed and facts of their demise had arisen. But although these instances occurred, the morale was generally high, and the air-raidsair raids had brought people together. Even so, the government faced a huge dilemma, if the British morale at any point showed signs of pressure than those cracks would quickly evolve into the build up of frenzy. The people were flocking to the communal shelters that were provided. "...Exodus from the East End growing rapidly". These too few shelters were overcrowded, and under stocked. ...read more.

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Defeatism was another notion that the government feared. The only sources that were published during the war were those that the government believed the people could take it. In other words, the only sources that showed the 'good' side of the war, the sources that would boost the spirit of citizens. Although the evidence suggests that the British people were very frightened, it would appear that the relevant sources come from a short period of very heavy bombing and from certain areas of the country, which were very badly hit. Looting was another problem throughout the war, which highlighted that the country's morale was low; in a country where law and order was enforced; looting would not have been an occurrence. The Royal Family was a symbol of British independence and strength, so when "...even the King and Queen were booed...visiting the destroyed areas [of the East End]." (Source F), spirits could not have been high. The East End was where the working class lived, so it was the subject of the majority of the bombs, whilst the West End was left relatively untouched. This led to segregation of the classes; the West End was the posh, expensive area where fewer bombs seemed to be falling, and the East End, where the poorer people lived, and where the bombs were concentrated. It was once said by P. Lewis, "Londoners as a whole did not lose their nerve, but they lost the reserve." Word Count: 523 Total Word Count: 1603ri ?? ?? ?? ?? DIVESH PARMAR U5S ...read more.

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