History is all about ‘the historian’s interpretation of the past.’
In writing a successful essay you should aim to achieve;
Balance – make sure you tackle all aspects of the question
Breadth – use plenty of sources
Depth – consider each point in full and substantiate the arguments with factual evidence.
This booklet provides an up to date Historiography which should prove very useful to you in writing your higher history essays. It is written for higher students at Marr College who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of the subject under study.
This booklet attempts to summarise historian’s views and interpretations of events which will be studied in the Higher course. You should try and include the relevant quotes when writing your higher essay answers. Inclusion of such material will give your essay answer greater weight, authority and breadth.
You can also create debate within your essay by using different historian’s views/interpretations of the same event. By creating debate and conflict within your answer you will hopefully achieve the right balance between narrative and discussion.
The booklet tries to establish an overall picture of some of the main historian’s views/interpretations of the British topic. This booklet has the advantage of focusing your attention on relevant material and ensures efficient reading, and use of your time.
Read the selection of historical comments which follow, understand, and use to arrive at your own assessment, in your essay answers.
“True democracy is government ‘for’, as well as ‘of’ and ‘by’ the people.”
The Significance of the 1832 Reform Act.
“The Reform Act placed the feet of the nation firmly in the direction of democracy.” J. R. M. Butler. (1914)
“The Reform Act was no more than a clumsy hacking at the old structure to make it roughly more acceptable.”