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

In what ways did the government attempt to hide the effects of the blitz from the people of Britain? Between the 7th September 1940 and the summer of 1941 Hitler ordered for a prolonged series of night time raids

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

3. In what ways did the government attempt to hide the effects of the blitz from the people of Britain? Between the 7th September 1940 and the summer of 1941 Hitler ordered for a prolonged series of night time raids to be made on all major British cities, its aim was to create widespread chaos and ruin, to lower the British people's morale and to pressurize the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to sue for peace wit Germany. Although the Blitz was fairly successful in achieving the first two of these objectives the British government were able to take measures in order to minimize the blitzes effectiveness. The two main techniques that the British government used were Censorship and Propaganda. The British government was able to successfully implement the two techniques of Censorship and Propaganda through the creation of the ministry of information, this was a section of the government which was dedicated to controlling the media by filtering out undesirable material which would have been depressing and would ...read more.

Middle

The government also used a few smaller less used tactics to boost morale, and these tactics tried to put a spin on people's views on war life and made them believe that it wasn't so bad after all, one of these things was the Government issued Recipe leaflets, these were important as during the war the government had to issue rations, meaning that goods such as Sugar and other flavourings were difficult to get, so the government issued some new supposedly better meals that had a nice taste and were designed to use very little or none of hard to come-by ingredients such as sugar, milk etc. This was important has diet has a big effect on people's mood and well-being, so if people were eating healthier, tastier foods then they may have higher morale. Another technique that the government used was the doctoring of photographs, this involved the government dramatising images, one such example is the image of St Paul's cathedral surrounded by smoke and flame where smoke has ...read more.

Conclusion

night (see back), and yet were still happy, determined to pull through and displaying the British grit , the government managed to put a spin on the events, by saying that although the peoples homes had been destroyed it had only made them more determined to continue the struggle against Hitler and defy him, they hoped that censorship coupled with the propaganda would help to boost morale. The ministry of Information also employed recipe leaflets in an attempt to boost morale and show people that life in the war wasn't so bad; the ministry also employed many radio humourists, as this was a good way of boosting morale. I believe that after employing all these techniques the government was able to maintain British morale quite effectively, the techniques made people feel that the war wouldn't be so bad and seems to have had a long-lasting effect as many people still believe in the 'Dunkirk spirit' and the 'plucky Brits'. ?? ?? ?? ?? Thomas Bartlett History Coursework 25th June 2005 ...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 Politics 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 Politics essays

  1. HUMANITIES COURSEWORK

    This is his way of justifying the wall. The wall was suggested hoping it would stop violence and terrorists from entering Israel. People from Israel see the wall as a "Security fence" that stops terrorism from entering Israel but also to keep peace between them and the Arabs.

  2. In the 1930's and 1940's Britain was in very bad shape.

    A man called Sir William Beveridge was asked to look at britains welfare sytem and to propose changes in it to benefit the country. The "Beveridge" report was published in December 1942 in which Beveridge talked of how to beat what he called the "five giants".

  1. Conservative Victory of 1941, Peel and the Weakness of the Whigs.

    Lord Melbourne had resigned and, with the Whigs appearing devoid of inspiring policies, Queen Victoria took the bold step of appointing Peel, Prime Minister. The Conservatives were delighted. Peel, however, had the foresight to realise that entering Parliament as a minority for the second time would make his leadership appear weak and ineffective.

  2. How successful was Peel's Ministry 1841-1846?

    reduced the cost of living for the majority of the British population. It was also a step towards free trade, an issue which Peel had been greatly influenced by a free trade philosopher, Adam Smith, who argued the fewer restrictions, the better the economy would become.

  1. In what ways did the British government attempt to change the government of India ...

    Firstly there were about 5 million Indians could vote which is only 2.8% of the country's population and only included the richest. The Provincial Assemblies also soon found out that they did not have enough money to carry out their duties.

  2. In what ways did the British government attempt to hide the effects of the ...

    Newsreels showed what the government was doing to help the people such as assisting those who had lost here homes. Films were made with patriotic messages to increase the sense of pride in one's country and promote nationalism. Even Winston Churchill was portrayed as a great and heroic leader in political cartoons and speeches.

  1. In what ways did the government attempt to hide the effects of the Blitz ...

    They did this to steer clear from any danger. Media was one of the tools that the government found really helpful to keep up confidence in Britain. Radio was one of them and it was an advantage for the government because firstly people used the radio as entertainment, so the government could easily get listeners.

  2. In what ways did the British government attempt to hidethe effects of the Blitz ...

    This newspaper could hardly have had an impact on morale and its censorship only exaggerated the significance of the paper and allowed the British communists to present themselves as victims of the powerful wartime government.

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