Northern Ireland: The Causes And Legacy of The Troubles
Is there sufficient evidence in sources E to J to explain why the troubles broke out in Northern Ireland in 1969?
From sources E to J we can gather a lot of information about the Troubles in Ireland, but to fully understand them we need to look at them more closely and examine the origin, to find out if they are reliable or not, whether they are bias, how helpful to us they are, and if there is sufficient evidence overall to explain why troubles broke out in Northern Ireland in 1969. Before 1969, and leading up to, there has always been disturbance in Irish history. There are two sides, those who want to be part of Britain, the Unionists, and those that want to be a separate country, the Nationalists, which brings into it ideological factors. Within, the two, there are many other groups, for example IRA, (the extreme Nationalist) and those who want to take the moderate, ballot not the bullet, approach. Many factors are involved in creating this, division, those including Religious reasons, Catholics are generally Nationalists, and Protestants, are usually Unionists. Not to mention the numerous political reasons, economic, social, and historical reasons, all contributing to the troubles that broke out in 1969.
For the most part there are two extreme groups, fighting for separate sides, the IRA, fighting for the freedom of Ireland, seen to be the political front Sinn Fein, fighting DUP who believe Ireland should be joined with Britain, backed by Ian Paisley. As we know, between 1963-67 a new Unionist government, in the North, were formed, (the North had mostly Unionists, but some Nationalists) and promised to treat Catholics fairer. The hopes of the people began to rise, and accept that they were part of a separate Northern state. But the standard of living for Catholics, did not improve, they were still finding it very hard to get jobs, and the RUC were as unfair as ever. The Catholics were tired of...