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This topic focuses on the changing role of the Americas in global affairs between 1880 and 1929.Specifically this topic covers:The expansionist policies of the US after 1890 and reasons for these policiesThe causes and effects of the Spanish - American WarImpact of US foreign policiesUS and the First World War: reasons for neutrality and then involvement, Wilson's involvement in the peace process...
Below you will find full source papers, mark schemes and sample answers, marked by an examiner, for Case Study 1 on the civil rights movement in the United States.1. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement2. Racism and violence against African Americans; the Ku Klux Klan;
Results Day is Monday 5th July.As in 2021, departments might like to consider purchasing a Category 2A Return of Materials for the IA to find out the breakdown of marks for all candidates (which might support professional development and teaching for future cohorts). While examiner comments are limited, it can be useful to find out if your school typically over-marks or under-marks within each criterion...
Prescribed Subject 3: The Move to Global WarThis topic examines how the actions of three countries in two different regions contributed to the 'move to global war' in the 1930s. Students will look at Japanese expansionism and then German and Italian expansionism.The key themes of Move to Global War are: the causes of expansionism, the main events/actions of each country that contributed to...
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...
Case Study: HitlerThe aims of the ATL on this page are to pull together the key events of Hitler's rise and rule under the themes required for the prescribed content for Paper 2 Topic 10.More specific content needed for the ATL on this page can be found under the Paper 3 section on Hitler for Europe, Topic 14, and also Paper 1, Move to Global War:1. The Weimar Republic (1918 - 1933) (ATL) 2. Nazi...
Prescribed Subject 4: Rights and protestThis topic covers the struggle for rights and freedoms in the USA and in South Africa. The main themes for this topic are outlined below but the full syllabus can be found hereIt is important that you read the IB introduction to this topic carefully as well as the prescribed content.This topic focuses on the struggles for rights and freedoms in two countries:The...
Paper 1 is a source paper in which students must answer four questions on four sources which are all related to one of the prescribed subjects. This page gives an overview of what is required; see Guidelines for answering Paper 1 questions to get more information on what is expected for the different types of question and for suggestions on how to help students develop their source skills.What is...
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 website is an excellent resource for teachers to enhance their own understanding and provide stimulating resources and guidance for students. The History pages are very well structured, easy to access and with a clear focus on the core content and...
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...
It's only my second year teaching the IB and InThinking continues to be a lifeline for my success! Activities with ATL skills identified, videos and graphically organized content on all the topics I teach, and more, are all in one place! The content...
28 June 2021
Results Day is Monday 5th July.As in 2021, departments might like to consider purchasing a Category 2A Return of Materials for the IA to find... more
22 Jul Hyowoo Lee
Graded student essays for Authoritarian StatesHi Jo, thanks for the great exemplar essays. I wonder if you happen to have some samples on Castro as well? maybe in comparison to Hitler? Thank you!
4 Jul Jo Thomas
2. IA: Getting the question rightHi Weston Yes - there are lots of themes going on in this question - maybe something on the lines of 'How far did the new government fulfil its promises to...' and the students would neeed to add dates in or if they wanted to cover more than...
1 Jul Weston Hudson
2. IA: Getting the question rightGood day Jo, How would you change this IA Question. "What was the people´s expectations towards the new Iranian regime´s promises and what were the results?" This is a weak question but I´m struggling to modify it.
24 Jun Jo Thomas
IA Sample 4: Operation GibraltarHi Anna First one: Might be better to have ..How significant was Marie...(at the moment there is both TWE and significant - easier to keep the latter..) 2. We're not sure about the wording here. Maybe - TWE was the Reagan administration's...
22 Jun Anna Millican
IA Sample 4: Operation GibraltarDear Jo, Please could I check the following questions with you in terms of whether or not they are viable for the History IA? 1. To what extent was Marie Popelin significant in developing the feminist movement in Belgium by 1915?’ 2. To...
20 Jun Jo Thomas
2. Assessment for Paper 2No problem - hope all going well. Get in touch if you have any more questions!
20 Jun Jo Thomas
3. Growth of Muslim separatismHI Nadia - good point - thanks!
20 Jun Matt Greensides
2. Assessment for Paper 2Hello Jo, OK, thank you for clarifying that. O am new to IB history and so I am being over conscientious! Thanks
20 Jun Nadia Piazzi
3. Growth of Muslim separatismHello, The photo above does not show Jinnah and Gandhi, but Jawaharlal Nehru and Gandhi. Kind regards
14 Jun Joanne Heidel
Topic 17: Civil rights and social movements in the Americas post-1945Thank you for the response - it echos what I heard back from MyIB forums. Let's make sure this is heard during the current review cycle. My students were somewhat aghast and disappointed that the list of groups included in the bullet points...
Hi Joanne Really glad that you are finding the resources on the site useful! Not sure that LGBTQIA Civil Rights fit into any of the bullet points of this section - could be a good topic for IA and definitely an historical theme / topic that...
Hi Sophie - will have a look at adding one to this page - will let you know when its done!
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.