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Few would argue that experiencing the harsh realities that one is confronted with in wartime would change ones outlook on life politics the future and possibly even the past Previously insignificant events gradually come into focus as being of vital importance to our understanding of an issue and perspectives of all sorts on all issues are impacted either leading to a change in perspective or a solidification of our current views George Orwells experience in the Spanish Civil War from 1936 unique as it was was no different Orwells Spanish experience enabled considerable contact with those of varying political persuasions on the left right and centre thus Orwells own political inclinations were slightly modified and disillusionment did arise with his experience with communism Another area of considerable change in Orwells life in which he also experienced disillusionment was in the area of historical inquiry As will be proven this disillusionment was compacted by his own struggle with historical methodologies and ethics thus we can see the reasons behind the voluminous nature of Orwells writings that concern themselves with this In addition to this Orwell had always been one prone to comment on injustice and other quirks of society he saw in society and through the Spanish civil war he was exposed to even more injustice Orwells limited exposure to the Great War of 1914- 1918 World War Two and other experiences in his worldly travels also had considerable impact on his life and those around him However as we shall see there was an even greater and more significant change in Orwell that took place in the years immediately surrounding his Spanish experience As is evident in many of Orwells literary works of the late 1930s and the 1940s Orwell was quite disappointed in ever decreasing role that objectiveness was playing in historical works Orwell by his own admission saw his Spanish experience as one of the phenomena that drove him to disillusionment
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