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Photo by Elijah O'Donnell on UnsplashThis page follows on from our page this summer on The Moon Landings and conspiracy theories; now we are digging a bit deeper in terms of the reasons for, and the tactics used to create fake news/disinformation/conspiracy theories.Watch the following video and discuss the following questions in groups: What tactics are used by those trying to spread 'fake...
The Qing dynasty, founded by the invading Manchus, was the last imperial dynasty of China; it was established in 1644 and ended in 1911 thus lasting for three centuries. Under Emperor Qianlong the Manchu empire reached its most powerful. However, after 1775, dynastic decline set in; problems which had been developing since the start of the 18th century became more evident by the end of the century.Guiding...
This page follows on from the first ATL page for this theme - starting with the impact of the nuclear arms race through to the final collapse of the USSR and the end of the Cold War.The Berlin crisis of 1958 - 1961 and the Cuban Missile crisis are covered here: 3. Theme 3 - Cold War Crises (ATL) Guiding questions:What was the impact of the nuclear arms race on the development of the Cold War?How did...
1 October is the 70th Anniversary of the Chinese RevolutionAs we discussed in September's blog, this is a great opportunity for a discussion of the signficance of the Revolution - both with history and non-history students.Here is an account of 1 October 1949 from one particpant in the day's events on the BBC's Witness History site. The day China became communist (BBC News)On 1 October...
Theme 1: Rivalry, Mistrust and AccordTheme 1 of this Topic covers the key developments in the Cold War from 1945 through to 1989. This page covers events from 1945 to late 1950s.The second part of Theme 1 from the 1960s to 1989 is here: 1.2 Theme 1 - Rivalry, Mistrust and Accord (ATL) Essay planning activities and essay frames for Theme 1 can be found here: 1. Rivalry, mistrust and accord: essay writing...
The growth of Japanese nationalism and militarism after 1931 and the consequent expansion of Japan into East Asia led to war with China and conflict with the West. This was to culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941 - an event that transformed the European war into a global war.The Video Road to War: Japan gives an excellent overview of the events leading up to Pearl Harbour and...
Theme 3: Cold War crisesThis theme involves studying Cold War crises. A crisis is considered to be an event when there was a clear escalation of tension between the superpowersStudents need to be able to examine and compare the causes, impact and significance of two Cold War crises from two different regions.On this page we have ATL for three crises from two regions. However there are other crises...
The Weimar Republic (1918 - 1933)Here are some different activities that you can do for this part of Section 14 on Weimar Germany. There is a mixture of starter activities on this page plus source activities, summary activities, analytical activities, individual work and team work that you can also download.Videos and teaching ideas for videos are covered on separate pages; see left hand side of this...
On this page you will find some suggestions and links to videos that can be used as well as teacher notes with suggestions as to how the videos can be used with students. Questions for each video are also on separate worksheets that can be handed out to students.Case Study 1: Japanese expansion in East Asia (1931–1941) 1. Road to War: JapanTeachers' notes:This video gives a sound overview...
Nazi Germany (1933 - 1939)Here are some different activities that you can do for this part of Section 14 on Weimar Germany. There is a mixture of starter activities on this page plus source activities, summary activities, analytical activities, individual work and team work that you can also downloadVideos and teaching ideas for videos are covered on separate pages; see left hand side of this page.Guiding...
Finally an InThinking site for IB History – and what a great one! Full of superb teaching ideas, materials and practical advice. Both my students and myself have benefited immensely from the wealth of guidance and inspiration on the site. Highly...
Being such a content heavy course, it's important to keep activities engaging and interesting for students. InThinking helps you do just that. Creative, outside-the-box and critical thinking lessons abound. Can't recommend it enough!
My students have found the InThinking History site to be a really valuable learning tool, full of excellent advice about how to master the IB. As a teacher I regularly use the resources as part of my lessons and for homework. The InThinking site team...
30 September 2019
1 October is the 70th Anniversary of the Chinese RevolutionAs we discussed in September's blog, this is a great opportunity for a discussion... more
17 September 2019
Site update, forthcoming anniversary plus publication of a book on one of the greatest unknown heroes of the Second World WarWe are pleased... more
10 Oct Monica Bielsa
1. Containment under Truman and Eisenhower (ATL)Thank you very much, Jo!
9 Oct Jo Thomas
1. Containment under Truman and Eisenhower (ATL)Hi Monica - here are some links that might be useful to give you some leads: (I've added them to the task as well now!) and /
9 Oct Monica Bielsa
1. Containment under Truman and Eisenhower (ATL)Hi! I am trying to prepare for "How did the developing Cold War and the McCarthy period impact culture in Latin America?" but both my students and I are struggling to find artists and a convincing response to this question. Could you please...
7 Oct Jo Thomas
Topic 10: Authoritarian States (20th Century)Hi Alan we assume that, if you are doing Stalin, the lenin reference is valid for the first theme on the emergence of AS as Lenin was key for this - but otherwise you can deal with them separately! Jo
7 Oct Alan Greenbank
Topic 10: Authoritarian States (20th Century)Hi, Jo. I have a query about the amendments for the Authoritarian States topic for 2020. The amendment states: The suggested examples section is being adjusted to include “USSR—Lenin and Stalin”. Does this mean that a question on the...
5 Oct Ian Hayes
IA Sample 1: Marshall PlanI feel the marks for section B is a little generous. Although they integrate a lot of historical interpretations, and the critical analysis is very good, the paragraphs feel disjointed, with too many points not explained or explored fully,...
3 Oct Jo Thomas
5. Extended Essay: Graded student examplesHI Tara As we've said in intro above, the first two are marked according to the new EE criteria - the others were marked under the previous system but still hopefully useful to show analytical writing, interesting titles etc!
3 Oct Tara Martin
5. Extended Essay: Graded student examplesAre these EE samples using the most recent update to the EE? Thank you!
30 Sep Jo Thomas
2. IA: Getting the question rightHi Nasrin - These are certainly wild! Great topics but I think the IB might not see these as 'historical topics' and you are right re the difficulty of sources being subjective with some of these titles. I would avoid anything too recent...
30 Sep Nasrin Samadi
2. IA: Getting the question rightHi Jo, I've pushed my students to "think outside the box" and I've been getting some wild IA Questions. I feel like a lot of my students are asking questions that are borderline psychology questions-- or they are so unconventional that I'm...
26 Sep Jo Thomas
4. Preparing for the examinationHI We have made some papers which you can under Paper 1 PS3 section: -
26 Sep michael topp
4. Preparing for the examinationHi I am also quite new in the IB environment. I would like my students to write a test under "examen" conditions (Paper 1, Japanese expansion). Where do I find examples for such a test?
The Move to Global War (Paper 1), by Jo Thomas and Keely Rogers. Published by OUP
This text-book covers all aspects of the Move to Global War prescribed subject for Paper 1. Not only are the key themes explored, we also provide many source exercises including a full Paper 1 at the end of each chapter.
The Cold War: Superpower Tensions and Rivalries (Paper 2) by Jo Thomas and Keely Rogers. Published by Pearson
This text-book comprehensively covers the key themes for the Paper 2 Cold War topic. Alongside the content, we provide essay frames and guidance on essay writing skills.
Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars (Paper 2), Jo Thomas and Keely Rogers. Published by Pearson
This text-book comprehensively covers the content and skills that you need to be able to write essays on the 20th Century Wars topic for Paper 2 of the IB History examination. We cover a range of wars and focus on how these can be used as case studies to answer comparative style essay questions.
European States in the Interwar years (Paper 3) by Jo Thomas and Keely Rogers. Published by Pearson
This text-book focuses on Topic 14 of the European region for IB Paper 3, The Interwar Years . We cover Germany, Italy and Spain as well as the Soviet Union, focusing not only on the content but the skills needed to write essays for Paper 3.