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Site update, forthcoming anniversary plus publication of a book on one of the greatest unknown heroes of the Second World WarWe are pleased... more

Subscriber comments

  • Thank you very much, Jo!
  • 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 /
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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 Plan
    I 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,...
  • HI 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!
  • Are these EE samples using the most recent update to the EE? Thank you!
  • Hi 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 right
    Hi 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...
  • HI We have made some papers which you can under Paper 1 PS3 section: -
  • 26 Sep michael topp
    4. Preparing for the examination
    Hi 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)

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.

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The Cold War: Superpower Tensions and Rivalries (Paper 2)

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.

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Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars (Paper 2)

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.

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European States in the Interwar years

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.

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History for the IB MYP 4 & 5: By Concept

History for the IB MYP 4 & 5: By Concept by Jo Thomas and Keely Rogers. Published by Hodder

For those of you doing MYP this book provides a concept-driven and assessment-focused approach to MYP History, presented in global contexts.

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