I get a number of these: emails from school students hoping – in effect – that I’ll write their essays for them. I imagine she’s contacted other historians too.
Doesn’t it occur to them that we might have expressed our ‘opinions and ideas’ in books? Or are requests like this intended to relieve them of the necessity of reading? I’ve written back kindly, simply recommending the latest and shortest of my own works on British imperialism. Let’s hope she knows what a ‘book’ is.
I don’t mind, incidentally, specific questions that have occurred to students after they’ve done a bit of work on the subject. But this is different.
I am currently in Y12 and am starting to think of coursework ideas and am thinking of doing it on the British Empire, I saw you were a historian who specialises in this area and was wondering what your thoughts were. I was thinking of doing it on what factors affected the growth and decline of the British Empire in the 19th century (1800s) and would love to hear your opinion and ideas.
I appreciate in these difficult times you may not be able to get back to me but I would love to hear your views
Thank you for taking the time to read this email and I hope to hear from you in the near future,
Many thanks, ********