Conscientious Objectors Essay

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During the First World War, Britain announced conscription which meant that it was compulsory for men aged between16 to 19 to join to war, which made the Britain army massively increase in power. However some people refused the war for to join, reasons being that they were pacifists or religious objectors who followed the words of bible as it says in the bible “thou shall not kill” so were against the idea of shedding blood of their own kind. These people were own as conscientious objectors or short for conchies, conchies had a bad reputation within the eyes of to the government and general public as, general public saw conchies as criminals and tarter of their country, which resulted in ...view middle of the document...

I would be assessing the interpretation made by people towards conchie and would be seeing the important of the interpretation by conveying it has a primary or secondary interpretation, judging how reliable it is as a have primary interpretation is by people who actually pranced an event or issue. However, a secondary interpretation is by people who researched an event or issue to make a judgement

During the war period the government had to ensure that they could enlist as many men as possible to join the war effort so propaganda techniques were used to encourage men to join. Source B2 shows a propaganda poster which, these types of posters were created with the interpretation that men were not joining the war as they were cowards. The source is from recruiting pamphlet for the king Shropshire light infantry in 1915. The target of using children to provoke beliefs of cochies is deemed through the propaganda poster. The interpretation is based on the government point of view in persuading men to change their thought about the war, through the propaganda poster we are deemed that men had to sense guilt and embarrassment towards their children, as what would your children think of you, as a starter of their country, would they be proud of the beliefs you embraced. As being propaganda poster is exaggerates within the source which compromises the reliability as it forces men to join the war and abscond the beliefs which contradict their policy of life. However being a primary interpretation it deems negative effects because the poster forces men to feel guilt and embarrassment through the concept of family. Moreover, from the poster it allows us to see how government could be desperate to make men fight in the war to win and ignore their beliefs.

Another source that supports the interpretation is source B3. Being from David Lloyd George, prime minster responding to a question asked. Thus becomes a primary source and a primary interpretation as it’s based on his position as a prime minster, which deems to us that he ensures that Britain win’s the war. However, knowing it’s a primary interpretation it lack being positive as, the interpretation is negative plus harsh because, Lloyd motive is to win the war without considering the belief of Cochin. Furthermore, Lloyd express his hatred forward to conchie for not being patriotic as his reputation as prime minster would be negatively impacted as it would be said that, he could not control his control his country, so the reliability, unfortunately get comprehended as their objective is to succeed in the overlooking the view of conchie. From the interpretation we get aware that Lloyd is indirectly conveying the message that there are consequences upon not being patriotic. Conserve, the source may have a negative interpretation but on the other hand is useful as it portray the emotion felt by the government upon the beliefs and views of cochins.

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