How to write a great introduction

Updated: Feb 11, 2021

A great introduction will have these three things:

  1. Clear and precise contextualisation

  2. A roadmap of the essay's arguments

  3. A clear, concise, and well-considered thesis statement

Yes, writing a great introduction can be that simple.

Let's have a look at an example:

This introduction was written in response to the question:

'Hitler rose to power in Germany primarily because of the dire economic conditions faced by the country.' To what extent do you agree with the statement?

Hitler rose to power in Germany between 1919, when he joined the Nazi party, and 1933, when he was appointed chancellor. (This sentence offers clear and precise contextualisation). Dire economic conditions certainly did aid his rise to power as they exacerbated the German people's negative feelings towards the Weimar government which failed to deal with the economic crisis and created the circumstances in which the German people longed for an end to their economic woes. However, the conditions provided by the economic crisis did not guarantee that Hitler would rise to power; his own powers of persuasion were arguably more significant in his rise to power. (These sentences offer the roadmap of arguments that will be made in the essay). Thus, while it is true that economic conditions did aid Hitler in his rise to power, they were not the main reason he attained power; rather, the main reason Hitler was able to come to power in Germany was because of his ability to use the dire economic conditions to his advantage. (A clear, reasonably concise, and well-considered thesis statement brings the introduction to a nice close).

How about you try and write an introduction to the following question:

'A weak political system was the main reason why Hitler was able to rise to power in Germany.' Discuss.

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