History Extension: Morley Goodchild

Montgomery: Image vs Reality: An investigation into changing representations of Bernard Montgomery’s generalship.

Morley’s fascination with the past and in particular, the study of WWI and WWII is what inspired him to select History Extension for the HSC.

“I have had an eagerness and curiosity to learn more and more about the past,” he said.

“I chose to study History Extension because I felt that this course could further extend my understanding of the study of history as well as continue my love for the subject.

“The investigation of iconic profiles in history is always separated into two or three classifications or paradigms of their achievements. The first paradigm is the advocacy for that particular profile, the second being a revisionist stance whereby the actions made by a profile are reviewed and criticised, and finally the post revisionist whereby the reviewer takes viewpoints from both espousal and opposing views.

“The differing paradigms of Field Marshal Montgomery’s generalship cannot be placed into distinct time periods. The paradigms of Montgomery are geographically biased, with pro-Montgomery views typically based in England and anti-Montgomery sentiments based in the United States.”

In his essay, Morley looked at writers and historians who take a revisionist standpoint and advocate for Montgomery’s generalship.

“The essay also provided a brief outline to Montgomery’s military successes at the battle of El-Alamein and his involvement in organising D-Day as well his failure at Arnhem in Operation Market Garden,” he said.

Morley thanked Mr Dennett, who, “inspired in his students the belief that they have what it takes to understand the challenging content”.

“By engaging with his students in his particular manner, Dr Dennett made class enjoyable and something to look forward to. His teaching is something I don’t think I will ever forget,” Morley said.