International School History - European Schools - S6 4 hour option

S6 4hr History Last update - 09 November 2017 Official European School History S6 Syllabus: English, French, German
Optional Theme - 6.4B Culture and Society before 1945 - syllabus

The question I wanted to answer was "How great was the influence of Alan Turing and Bletchley park onto the war?" To summarize Alan Turing had a great influence onto the length of the war but not on the outcome. Expert on the topic of Alan Turing and Ultra, like Sir Henry Hinsley and Jack Copeland, suggest that they shortened the war from two up to four years. Alan Turing played a major role in most of Bletchley Parks achievements during the war. He was the one who cracked the U-boat enigma, developed the Turing-Bombes (even though Polish code breakers and other staff at Bletchley Park did contribute to that) and developed Turingery, the method to crack the Tunny messages.

Alan Turing is historically significant not only because of how he influence the second world war but also how he influences our world today, as his groundbreaking work laid the basis for all modern computers. What makes him even more interesting is the fact that only recently all facts and documents were made available to the public. It was not possible for Historians of the 20th century to analyse him, so there is still work to do.

The method I used was Internet research and watching documentaries. Some sources in the internet and media are of course shaky, but there are some experts how do maintain websites and appear in most documentaries about Alan Turing. These are mainly Jack Copeland and Andrew Hodges. This is where I was able to find reliable data.




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