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I'm really struggling to produce a good history essay. I need help with analysis and reasoning and also the structure of my essays is awful.. any tips? I'm doing the Rise of China and Tudors for the document paper.

For example, How successful were Chiang Kaishek's domestic policies to 1945? How to you assess success?

Any help will be brilliant! Thanks
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I'm really struggling to produce a good history essay. I need help with analysis and reasoning and also the structure of my essays is awful.. any tips? I'm doing the Rise of China and Tudors for the document paper.

For example, How successful were Chiang Kaishek's domestic policies to 1945? How to you assess success?

Any help will be brilliant! Thanks
So I would start by asking myself:

- What were the domestic policies?

- What goals were the policies trying to achieve?

- How successful were they at achieving those goals? What worked? What didn't work?

Does that help any?

You need to make sure that you're not just telling a story when you write an essay.
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So I would start by asking myself:

- What were the domestic policies?

- What goals were the policies trying to achieve?

- How successful were they at achieving those goals? What worked? What didn't work?

Does that help any?

You need to make sure that you're not just telling a story when you write an essay.
thank you!!
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I'm really struggling to produce a good history essay. I need help with analysis and reasoning and also the structure of my essays is awful.. any tips? I'm doing the Rise of China and Tudors for the document paper.

For example, How successful were Chiang Kaishek's domestic policies to 1945? How to you assess success?

Any help will be brilliant! Thanks
Hey you might have already finished your essay by now, and what the other person said was great advice, but just for some extra little tips... when structuring the paragraph, you'll want to begin by outlining and explaining the policies, making sure you include plenty of relevant facts and figures, because they like that. When you're analysing the success of the policy, it can be a good idea to have in your head a clear criteria of what would make it a 'success' and what would make it a 'failure', and apply this same criteria when looking at all the policies. I haven't studied that topic so I can't give an example specifically for that question, but 'short term/long term successes' is something you can probably consider. My final advice would be, try to include a historians viewpoint, if you can. This won't get you extra marks, but will distinguish you as a top candidate for the Tudor topic, you might use someone like Elton (especially if it's an essay about Wolsey, who Elton seems to have had a particular dislike for). Hope this has helped somewhat
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Hey you might have already finished your essay by now, and what the other person said was great advice, but just for some extra little tips... when structuring the paragraph, you'll want to begin by outlining and explaining the policies, making sure you include plenty of relevant facts and figures, because they like that. When you're analysing the success of the policy, it can be a good idea to have in your head a clear criteria of what would make it a 'success' and what would make it a 'failure', and apply this same criteria when looking at all the policies. I haven't studied that topic so I can't give an example specifically for that question, but 'short term/long term successes' is something you can probably consider. My final advice would be, try to include a historians viewpoint, if you can. This won't get you extra marks, but will distinguish you as a top candidate for the Tudor topic, you might use someone like Elton (especially if it's an essay about Wolsey, who Elton seems to have had a particular dislike for). Hope this has helped somewhat
thanks, I'll try that!
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