Using quotes in a response is the one of the easiest ways to incorporate historiography into an essay. Below we’ve the 21 Best Historian Quotes for HSC Modern History used by top HSC students during exams and how to apply them to your own writing.

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Why historiography?

Historiography (the study of historical writing) is an important part of modern history as it allows you to look at events from the authors perspective. When using quotes from known historians it gives your work authority and provides evidence for your argument making it even stronger. Think of it this way; you wouldn’t write an english essay without quoting your text, the same applies for modern history hsc.

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Where to find quotes?

Finding quotes can be a difficult task especially when you don’t know where to look. If you want more quotes than just those we’ve provided you can find quotes in several places:

  • Your teacher – Listen when your teacher is talking chances are you’ll start to notice that several historians come up over and over. This is because these historians are experts of that time period and they are the ones who write and interpret the history of that time. Once you’ve recognised and jotted down their names a quick google search should give you some results.
  • Historical documentaries – These are a great place to get historians quotes on the event your are studying as historians often appear in them. Make sure to double check you have gotten the meaning of the quote correct so that you don’t misquote and lose marks.
  • Your textbook – Although may students don’t really use their textbooks anymore it’s a great way to gain detailed syllabus information and also find quotes. In my yr 12 modern textbook there were always ‘Source Box(s)’ which I would read because they provided a chunk of quoted text from a historian so that I could pick out the smaller quotes I wanted. Don’t underestimate the power of textbooks!

How to use quotes in a response

Now that we’ve figured out how to find other quotes lets briefly examine how to use them in a response. As I’ve mentioned earlier quotes are used to support an argument and so are easily able to be adapted into the PEEL essay writing technique.

P – Point
E – Explanation/Expand
E – Evidence     <– This is where your quote should go
L – Link

Once you’ve made your point for that paragraph you should always back it up with evidence to support. By making an argument then supporting it with evidence from a established historian you are showing the marker that the argument you are making is supported by a larger group and has historical merit.

Pro-Tip: Use a quote that can fit into multiple dot points. This way you’ll be able to use it in more question types and have to remember less quotes!

The Quotes

In this section I have found the 3 most popular choices for each of the 3 sections (excluding core) according to BOSTES. Each of these choices will have 2-3 quotes attached. I haven’t provided any sources for the core as it is a source based study and so your emphasis should be on analysing the provided source rather than adding sources.

National Study

Germany 1918-1939:  

Quote 1

Quote:“The treaty includes no provisions for the economic rehabilitation of Europe … the policy of reducing Germany to servitude for a generation, of degrading the lives of millions of human beings … should be abhorrent and detestable.”
Author: John M Keynes

Quote 2

Quote: “The result of the inflation was to undermine the foundations of German society in a way which neither the war, nor the revolution of November 1918, nor the Treaty of Versailles had ever done.”
Author: Alan Bullock

Quote 3

Quote“In the case of the German populace… the presence of a solid authoritarian disposition which automatically attributed legality to action taken by government bodies, nipping any thought of resistance in the bud.”
Author: Hans Mommsen

 

Russia and the Soviet Union 1917–1941:

Quote 4

Quote:Although intellectually inferior, Stalin was by far the cleverer politician”
Author: Alan Wood

Quote 5

Quote:“Collectivization was a coup d’etat against the Russian people”
Author: Cohen

 

USA 1919–1941:

Quote 6

Quote: The New Deal “failed to resolve the most important problem of the era; chronic unemployment”
Author: Jim Powell

Quote 7

Quote: The economy produced more than it consumed, because the consumers did not have enough income. Thus the unequal distribution of wealth throughout the 1920s caused the Great Depression.
Author: Catchings and Foster (Economists)

Pro-Tip!

 As experts in their field you can use economists to support your argument if it’s arguing about money and/or the economy.

 

Personalities in the 20th century

Albert Speer 1905-1981:

Quote 8

Quote: “I am convinced that although Speer certainly knew by 1941 that the Berlin Jews were being deported, it is virtually certain he had no idea they were going to their death”
Author: Gitta Sereny

Quote 9

Quote: Speer somehow managed .. to draw up Rechenschaftsbericht -‐ account of his stewardship of the Ministry running up to 10 000 words and contained a mass of production statistics upon which Speer’ reputation as an economic miracle worker largely rests”
Author: Dan Van der Vat

Quote 10

Quote: Saw Speer as a technocrat who was interested far more in the job that he had to do than in the power it brought him”
Author: Alan Bullock

 

Leni Riefenstahl 1902–2003:

Quote 11

Quote: Triumph of the Will & Berlin Olympiad: It was important to the Nazis for the Parteitag to be filmed-‐ in this year of 1934, more perhaps than any other. Riefenstahl enjoyed unprecedented cooperation in her work, but thepageantry cannot be said to have been staged for her cameras”
Author: Steven Bach

Quote 12

Quote: “The notion of guilt by association continues to cloud any rational verdict on her moralculpability for promoting Hitler’s demonic Reich through her films. Hindsight telescopes those Hitleryears together. Knowing where they led makes it almost impossible for us now to view Riefenstahl’s work without that perception”
Author: Audrey Salkeld

 

Leon Trotsky 1879–1940:

Quote 13

Quote: In 12 months Trotsky “moved from being an opponent of Bolshevism to being the director ofits seizure of power and the organiser of its survival in civil war.
Author: Michael Lynch

Quote 14

Quote: Depicts him as a great strategist who “founded a great army and guided into victory.
Author: Isaac Deutscher

 

Studies in Peace and Conflict

Conflict in Indochina 1954–1979:

Quote 15

Quote: “Withdrawal of public support proved the undoing of an Executive that believed it could conduct limited war without engaging the national will of a democracy”
Author: Barbara Tuchman

Quote 16

Quote: The peasants “sympathised with neither Diem nor the Vietcong, only leaning to the side that harassed them less.”
Author: Stanley Karnow

Quote 17

Quote: “Diem was opposed by virtually all elements of South Vietnamese society… what he did have was complete support of Colonel Lansdale and…the political savvy in the CIA’s covert-action war chest”
Author: John Wood

 

Conflict in Europe 1935–1945:

Quote 18

Quote: The major factor in British victory in Battle of Britain was due to the lack of clarity of the German campaign compared to Dowding’s certainty of purpose.”
Author: A.J.P. Talyor

Quote 19

Quote:Operation Overload didn’t go according to time but went according to plan. Taking longer than expected worked to Allies advantage as Germans lacked tanks when battle resumed in open country.”
Author: Liddel Hart

 

Conflict in the Pacific 1937–1951:

Quote 20

Quote: “…combined presence of these two strong headed imperialist at the centre of power was to lead the Japan to war”
Author: Sir John Keegan

Quote 21

Quote: the crux of the matter was Japan’s need for oil in order to conclude the war in China successfully.”
Author: J.M. Roberts

Need Some Help With Your Notes?

If you need reliable notes or simply want to check your notes are right, take a look at HSC-Notes.com.

Their Modern notes are crafted by the 99+ ATAR Club and provide concise answers to the HSC Syllabus dot points with what you need to know for your exams. Diagrams, mind maps, tables, dot points, paragraphs, sources are included to aid your learning.

With these notes you can spend less time rewriting your textbook and worrying about whether your notes answer the syllabus dot points correctly and spend more time learning and practicing your skills knowing your notes are accurate and concise.

Head on over to HSC-Notes to get your HSC subject notes now

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Milana Gusavac thought she had seen the end of HSC until she realised that others out there needed help surviving year 12 just like she had. Now she’s a member of the Art of Smart team while perusing her studies at the University of Sydney, studying a Bachelor of Psychology. When not learning or helping others Milana can be found with her nose in a book or marathoning TV shows.

 

 

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