WRITING HISTORIOGRAPHY ESSAYS OF ALL TIME EXTENSION

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.

Source

| | |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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