The first thing you should do when writing a history essay is to study the question very attentively and get its meaning. It may seem too obvious, but still most history essays are off the point.
The main thing in your history essay is your thesis. This term is used in most essays, but in history essay it is really a thesis. It is not an assumption or your idea, or argument or opinion. It is your thesis. Answering the main question of the essay stick to the common standard:
In the body you bring in the historical facts supporting your thesis.
You can compose the body of the essay in one of the three ways:
- the chronological ( introduces the supporting evidence in chronological order )
- the categorical ( presents the facts in terms of their categories of action )
- the stages-of development( use this approach to discuss complicated developments)
The conclusion gives you an opportunity to remind the reader the main points of your essay and to show how they back your thesis.
The general style of a history essay suggests:
- Compact (not high-flown) language that instantly helps the reader to get your idea.
- Only reliable and pertinent facts
- Giving your own opinion only if it is supported by sound arguments