Ww1- Modern History Sourcework

Source A (changing attitudes of allied soldiers)

This source is a primary diary extract. It was written by Michael McDonagh, and was later published in a textbook, ‘The Long March by Everyman’ by Ted Barker.

This source was written on the 4th of August 1914 in Britain, on the day that Britain declared war. It was later published in 1975. This primary source was a diary extract, which indicates that it was written for Michael McDonagh himself. The later publication, which occurred 61 years later, can be seen directed towards school students learning about WWI. This source was written to show the large quantity of men wanting to contribute and enlist in the war. This source contains the perspective of Michael McDonagh. Although this source is primary, it can be deemed reliable as it shows the attitudes of men during the initial period of Britain declaring war. This source is useful in depicting the early attitudes of men in Britain and provides a historian with insight into the eagerness and patriotism of   British men wanting to contribute to the war and become soldiers. As this source shows initial attitudes of men during the war, it fails to show long-term attitudes and even the changed attitudes that men faced at war.

Source B (changing attitudes of allied soldiers)

This source is a primary source and is a poem. This poem was written by Wilfred Owen and is titled ‘Futility’. This poem was published in June 1918 in England and can be seen directed towards the civilians of England. This source was created in order to the show reality of life in thr trenches and the pointlessness of war. Owen purposely titled the poem ‘Futility’ to state the pointlessness of the war. The aim of ‘Futility’ was to revolutionise the existing public perception of war, during the time.

The perspective of the source is from Wilfred Owen. Owen was a poet and a soldier of WWI and attended the University of London. As Wilfred Owen was a soldier at the time, it places him as...