Listed here is a sample problem that follows the format of Section one particular in your HSC:

Section We

25 markings

Attempt Issue 1

Let about one hour for this section

In your solution you will be examined on how you:

вћў present a detailed, rational and well-structured answer to problem вћў employ relevant concerns of historiography

вћў make use of relevant resources to support the argument

Making use of the Source, solution the question that follows.


| | |History is always an effort to explain the sequence and connection of events, to describe why, after the events of 1789, there| |followed the Revolutionary Wars, the execution with the King, the Jacobin dictatorship, the Dread and the Thermidorian | |Reaction. Not why they had to adhere to — that is prediction backwards, and the historian has no business with prediction—but | |why in fact that they followed. | | | |Now, the moment the vem som st?r begins to describe, he is guaranteed to make use of general propositions of all types — about human | |behaviour, regarding the effect of economic factors and the affect of tips and hundreds of other things; It can be impossible to get | |the historian to banish this kind of general propositions; they are smuggled in by back door, even when he refuses to will. He| |cannot begin to believe or clarify events with no help of the preconceptions, the assumptions, the generalization of | |experience which he brings with him — and is guaranteed to bring with him — to his work. When ever Mathiez by way of example began to work on | |the history of the French Revolution, his mind has not been a blank, it had been full of views and prejudices about cycles and | |their triggers, about how people respond in times of revolution, about how very much importance to install to monetary, how much to| |intellectual elements. The historian gives a fake account of his activity if he tries to refuse the part an over-all ideas and | |assumptions play in his work. | | | |In this sort of work it truly is obvious the first secret of the vem som st?r must be to hold a critical eye on his own presumptions and | |pre-conceptions, poste these will need to lead him to miss the importance of some item of evidence, the presence of some | |connection. His whole teaching teaches him to break down rather than increase generalizations, to create the general always to | |the touchstone of particular, concrete instances. His experience of this discipline and its results makes him cautious and | |sceptical about the possibility of establishing uniformities and regularities of sufficient generality to bear the excess weight of | |the results then piled up on them. Probabilities, yes — rules of thumb, the type of point you can expect to happen—but not| |more than this kind of... | | | |Bullock, A. (1959), The Historian's Purpose

Question one particular (25 marks)

Evaluate Bullock's view of the role from the historian, mentioning at least two some other sources you have studied.

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