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Re: HSC Modern History Question Thread
« Reply #1305 on: June 06, 2019, 04:13:20 pm »
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All good! Do you happen to know of any key things to include in my USSR paragraph?

Thanks for your help!
Hey there,

These were some of the key points I remember writing in the exam:

Economic:
- Mass migration eastwards (beyond Ural mountains) to move industrial areas away from German bombers
- Factories were stripped down and rebuilt in the east
- Somewhere around 1500 enterprises were moved (check with other sources to make sure I quoted the right statistic!)
- US Lend Lease Scheme also helped USSR

Social:
- Slavs were viewed as untermenschen + USSR has a lot of Jews + communist = the Nazis biggest targets
- 20 million Russians died during the war
- Babi Yar refers to the Kiev massacres, carried out by einsatzgruppen (SS groups that trailed after German forces with the sole purpose of eliminating 'undesirables')
- Some Ukrainians swore an oath of loyalty to Hitler because they hated Stalin but since they were viewed as untermenschen, they were eliminated
- USSR also used scorched earth policy when retreating
- Therefore German barbarity + USSR scorched earth policy = devastating impacts on civilians

With social, you could also talk about propaganda here (i.e. the idea of fighting not for Stalin but for "Mother Russia"). Just make sure to flesh out these key points with some detail (like a statistic or a historian).

Hope this helps!
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Re: HSC Modern History Question Thread
« Reply #1306 on: June 18, 2019, 11:29:30 am »
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Hey everyone,

My teacher wants me to answer the following question for a practice Conflict in Europe essay:

To what extent did the aims and strategies of the Allied powers contribute to their victory in 1945?

Anyone got any ideas for a possible structure?

Thanks a lot! ;)

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Re: HSC Modern History Question Thread
« Reply #1307 on: June 18, 2019, 05:43:49 pm »
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Hey everyone,

My teacher wants me to answer the following question for a practice Conflict in Europe essay:

To what extent did the aims and strategies of the Allied powers contribute to their victory in 1945?

Anyone got any ideas for a possible structure?

Thanks a lot! ;)
Hey there,

Here I'd definitely talk about the air war- it's probably gonna be the biggest paragraph since you could talk about the Battle of Britain to even Allied use of airplanes in the Eastern Front/North African campaign. You could also talk about Montgomery's strategies in attacking the Devil's Garden (i.e. using feints/diversions to confuse reconnaissance, creating fake fronts, attacking the flanks). Under the North African campaign, you could also talk about how successful these strategies were since it allowed them to launch Operation Husky. Operation Overlord would also be a good one to include in your essay since you could talk about naval/aerial bombardments (which could link with the air war paragraph) and use of paratroopers (and fake ones as well), and you emphasise the success of D-Day because it allowed the Allies to open another front.

Hope this helps!
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Re: HSC Modern History Question Thread
« Reply #1308 on: June 24, 2019, 02:18:32 pm »
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Hey there,

Anyone know of a good judgement and structure to make in relation to the following question:

"To what extent did the aims and strategies of the Allied powers contribute to their victory in 1945?"

My teacher didn't really explain it that well so I was just wanted someone's thoughts!

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Re: HSC Modern History Question Thread
« Reply #1309 on: July 26, 2019, 06:22:08 pm »
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Hello there!

Just wondering, is it necessary to include historians in your option essays (national studies, conflict and peace etc) for trials? Thanks in advance.
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Re: HSC Modern History Question Thread
« Reply #1310 on: July 26, 2019, 07:23:15 pm »
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Hello there!

Just wondering, is it necessary to include historians in your option essays (national studies, conflict and peace etc) for trials? Thanks in advance.
Hey there,

You definitely don't need historians in your essays! If you do want to include one, it's better to paraphrase than quote because anyone can regurgitate a quote.

Hope this helps!
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Re: HSC Modern History Question Thread
« Reply #1311 on: August 11, 2019, 12:05:32 pm »
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May be a silly question,
Where do essay questions come from on the syllabus? The key features? I'm trying to prepare for trials and i'm not sure which points i should write practice essays for, so, maybe a better question is what is the best way to prepare for the essay sections (Russia & Indochina).
Thank you to anyone who replies, much appreciated.

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Re: HSC Modern History Question Thread
« Reply #1312 on: August 11, 2019, 01:06:30 pm »
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May be a silly question,
Where do essay questions come from on the syllabus? The key features? I'm trying to prepare for trials and i'm not sure which points i should write practice essays for, so, maybe a better question is what is the best way to prepare for the essay sections (Russia & Indochina).
Thank you to anyone who replies, much appreciated.
Hey there,

Essay questions can come from either the key features or from the syllabus dot points itself. For example, when I did Conflict in Europe, I could get a question from the key features (e.g. Assess the effectiveness of Allied aims and strategies) and then I would structure my essay using the syllabus dot points. Or, I could get a question directly from the dot points (e.g. Assess the significance of the Russian campaign) and then the structure of my essay would be more on the significant battles on the Eastern Front. The main difference between the two essays is the amount of depth I'd go into in each paragraph.

Of course, there's a lot to prepare for so I usually make linking and detail tables. With linking tables, I'd have the syllabus dot points in the first column and in the first row, I'd select 3 key features that I think best suits the syllabus dot point. Going back to my Conflict in Europe example, if I was looking at the course of the European war and the syllabus dot point was the air war and its effects, one key feature that goes with this dot point is aims and strategies of Allied and Axis powers, and then I'd add in relevant detail to the table. This was very useful because I was able to have all the relevant information in one place, and it was also like an essay plan for each dot point/key feature.

With detail tables, this is if you're struggling to remember dates, statistics and quotes. The structure of the table is similar, in the sense that it's divided by syllabus dot points, but instead of having key features in the first row, it would be for details (i.e. dates, statistics, any important terminology) and quotes (i.e. quotes from primary/secondary sources).

If you'd like a few examples of detail/linking tables, I'd recommend the Notes section, especially Susie's tables since she also did Russia but I also linked mine in case you'd like an example on how to set it up. (1 2 3)

Hope this helps!
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Re: HSC Modern History Question Thread
« Reply #1313 on: October 11, 2019, 06:19:22 pm »
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Hey, so I just had a question regarding "To what extent" or "Assess" style questions. Is it more sophisticated to find a thread of events/factors related to the question which emphasize the importance of whatever the question is asking, or to offer historical debate by explaining that other events/factors were important?

For example, "Assess the role of ideology in the Power Struggle and Stalin's rise to power following the death of Lenin in 1924."

Would it work better to find links between ideology and for example: political tactics, role of personality and changes in society

OR

Make a judgement that ideology wasn't the only factor in the power struggle as, for example: the role of Trotsky and political tactics had a separate and equally significant impact

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks a lot