The Believe That Conscientious Objectors Were Nothing But Cowards

2289 words - 10 pages

During the First World War Britain introduced conscription for the first time to massively increase the input of power of their army had and forced men aged 16-19 to serve in the army. However, a group of roughly 16,800 men refused to serve. These groups of people were called Conscientious Objectors; sometimes called COs or Conchies; and many were very religious and believed that thou shall not kill as it is a sin in the Bible. This was a main point that most Conscientious Objectors did not take any part during the First World War as they believed it would result in pointless bloodshed. The Government’s and general public’s view on Conscientious Objectors was that Conscientious Objectors were unpatriotic cowards and the Government used propaganda to manipulate the general public’s view on Conscientious Objectors by showing that they would not aid the Britain and were weak. As a result they were treated harshly. The Government made being a Conscientious Objector very hard and difficult as they would enforce tribunals which consisted of ex- military officials who were biased as they were for the First World War. Therefore, these people gave huge prison sentences to Conscientious Objectors as a scare tactic to reduce the number of Conscientious Objectors. Historians use interpretations to show the message behind each source to see it’s reliable or useful. Also this is done to see if the source itself is a primary or secondary interpretation which shows if the source’s view and meaning is from the author of sources (primary interpretation) or giving a generalised views on people who were there at the time (secondary interpretation).

However, in this extract from a history book published in 1928, it explains the “white feather” which is “the symbol of cowardice and failing one’s country” and shows that the Conscientious Objectors were seen as cowards by the general public. Source B1’s origin was from an historian, giving a secondary interpretation about the feelings of the general public concerning Conscientious Objectors. The book was released after a group of Conchies were set free from Gaol showing that the book has the benefit of hindsight as the historian has done some research to back up the points in the book, making the source is bias but still useful. Since the author is an historian whose main priority is to make sure that the information is relevant and accurate as the purpose is to educate. Therefore, there shouldn’t be any errors or mistakes when the book is published. The origin also affects the usefulness as the source is from a historian therefore, the source would contain information and views which are relevant to COs. It also affects the interpretation making it a secondary interpretation as it’s from a historian who wasn’t there however; he has researched to find the interpretation of the general public during the First World War therefore, increasing the reliability and usefulness. This also affects the usefulness, making it...

Find Another Essay On The Believe that Conscientious Objectors were Nothing but Cowards

The Revolutionary Atkins Diet Always check my paper for misspellings and grammar but I believe this one is clean.

1992 words - 8 pages the ideas expressed in it were naïve and biochemically incorrect (Hane, 2003), but numerous studies in medical journals say that the Atkins diet, which is basically eat all the fat you desire but cut back severely on carbohydrates, seemingly worked just as well as other diet programs. Some data even suggested that it might be better (Agnew, 2004). Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, University of Colorado, Stanford, and other

Emerson's quote, "Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind". A personal analysis of this quote.

1057 words - 4 pages In his Self-Reliance essay, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind”. This quote shows that the only thing that keeps a man from reaching his potential is the strength of his mind. Emerson believes that to find integrity is the absolute goal of human existence. The dictionary gives this definition of integrity, “Integrity: Something undivided; an integral whole. The condition of

"The Treaty of Versailles had some good points but they were overshadowed by its weaknesses."

541 words - 2 pages Settlements, a war guilt clause, reparations and restrictions on military power.I agree that the Treaty of Versailles had some good points but there were more wrong than right. The main weaknesses of the Treaty were; it was a dictated piece that Germany was forced to sign the treaty Germany thought this was unfair as anyone would. The choice was either to sign the treaty or go back to war, which Germany could not afford to do. Germany was forced

The different types of fraud that were committed by Enron.

2787 words - 11 pages correctly, by doing this the wire fraud he committed was used to hide about one million dollars in debt from shareholders and federal regulators, this is were the shareholder fraud comes in and was committed. Michael Kopper and Andrew Fastow committed this fraud by working together. There were many partnerships committed by these people like the RADR but the following paragraphs will only explain how two of the many partnerships, that were used to

Were Dinosaurs warm-blooded? Evidence supporting the claim that dinosaurs were warmblooded from strongest to weakest...

1796 words - 7 pages control (Morell 1987: pg 7). Horner examined the embryonic, nestling, and juvenile stages of hadrosaurs, and he compared the hadrosaurs' growth rate to the growth series of an ostrich and a crocodile. According to his studies, he found that there were significant similarities between the growth rate of the ostrich and hadrosaur. He believed that because the growth series of the hadrosaur and the ostrich were growing at merely the same rate, the

Do you believe that the legal drinking age should remain twenty-one or be lowered to the age of eighteen?

853 words - 3 pages Do you believe that the legal drinking age should remain twenty-one or be lowered to the age of eighteen? I know that everyone has different viewpoints on this matter but learning the facts of both side is important and valuable to know in order to have an educated opinion. On one side of this issue, one's opinion would lean toward wanting to keep the legal drinking age of today's modern world at the age of twenty-one. On the other side of this

Put the homeless to work, but is is that easy? Contains personal opinions

1195 words - 5 pages nothing. I mean, why would they work if they are only volunteering and not getting money or something like that. If I was a homeless person, I wouldn't just volunteer myself to help the city. Why should I do that if I don't get anything out of it? Why should I waste my time on something that will not benefit myself? It's a good idea to make the homeless work for their city but I don't believe that we only need them when there is a convention and

Advantages brought to India during rule from the British, were brought by the East India Company, which were run my Indian princes that were protected by the British.

1318 words - 5 pages The East India Company established many things for India including telegraph, railroad, and irrigation systems. It also set up a large army called the Sepoys to defend its interests and India's borders. The Sepoys were commanded by the British officers and were supported by the units of the British army. Although the Indians benefited from the British rule many resented British rule. The East India Company made sure that British colonist

There were twenty or more pre-trials or trials that day. The speed in which they were handled was surprisingly

1434 words - 6 pages On Thursday November 17th, 2005 we attempted to go and see a trial at the Oakland County Circuit Court. An attorney friend advised us to go to the Macomb Circuit Court that Thursday, but due to a scheduling conflict we chose to go the Oakland County Court. We were also advised to go around 1:00 p.m. because the court would commence again after lunch. We arrived to the court at 12:45 and after passing through security

It's about songs that were sung by african americans back in the 19th century. they were slave songs that helped africn americans to communicate

1747 words - 7 pages culture, but by the time the latter spirituals came spirituals were greatly influence by the European culture. Spirituals were made to help the world respect and love all of Gods creatures, to enforce the belief that all people were connected by way of sprits, and to encourage brotherhood. "Spirituals are folk poetry, the cultural and historical record of African American people in their struggle for survival, freedom, and equality" (Hill, 14).In the

This essay is about the upsides and downsides of capitalism and why it isn't the utopian government that many people believe it to be.

1793 words - 7 pages ' government that many people believe it to be.There are more supporters of Capitalism than any other government type in the world. Capitalism has a vast number of advantages and incorporates many ideas that philosophers believed in. Aristotle believed "every person had the tools to develop the knowledge necessary to guide his or her life to unlimited prosperity, pleasure and happiness." Aristotle had the idea that if people were left to their own

Similar Essays

Nothing Is Permanent But Change. This Means That Life Is

719 words - 3 pages Nothing is permanent but change. This means that life is a matter of change, and nothing can remain constant forever. Hester Prynne, the protagonist of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, is a clear example of the growth of a human being over a period of time. Her character and way of viewing life varies throughout the novel, as she goes from a prideful and glorious woman, to ashamed and hollow, to an example of redemption and self

“The Love She Still Continued To Believe In… But Love Was Undependable”

1618 words - 7 pages than to have nothing.  Human trafficking is not a something that needs to continue.  It will take time and effort to stop, but if all individuals put a fraction more into the prevention and extinction of sex slavery, never again would a child have to be alone in the world and have to continue to believe in a love that was never obtainable.  

The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth; How Essays Actually Impact Students

1036 words - 4 pages advancement until my junior year. In essence this means that for all of this time, I have been doing nothing but revolving around an overused jumble of garbage that honestly will never help me in the future.I beg of somebody with authority, someone who will be heard, to go to our school board and change the present writing curriculum. If society will mold us into becoming better authors, we will definitely make a positive impact in return

Assessment Of The View That It Is Rational To Believe That There Is A God

1058 words - 4 pages Assessment of the View that it is Rational to Believe that there is a God Rational: To be rational is to think logically and within reason. To base your thoughts on evidence, and then use that evidence to come to a "rational" conclusion. Motivation: To be motivated to do or think something, normally the motivation will be because it will benefit you in the long run. Many philosophers use theses types of words when