How to write a primary source analysis

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Hi,

I'm in third year at uni studying history and having taken a year out I have totally forgotten how to write a source analysis essay.

There is no title for the essay, just an extract from a House of Commons speech that I need to analysis.

Any idea what to include?

Thank you!
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Hi,

I'm in third year at uni studying history and having taken a year out I have totally forgotten how to write a source analysis essay.

There is no title for the essay, just an extract from a House of Commons speech that I need to analysis.

Any idea what to include?

Thank you!
Hi ed98

I would recommend forgetting about historiography at first and examining the source for what it is. Ask; what is the source saying/or not saying? Who is saying it? what is happening at the time the speech was being made?

After figuring out this, it is time to write how the source potentially fits in with the established historiography. Once this is done you can start to criticise the source. Explain why/or why not the source is relevant. What are the weaknesses, and why other sources say far more/ further the history debate than this on?

Hopefully, this will give you a good first draft to then edit and improve.

Dom
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