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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...

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February: Site update and more anniversaries

12 February 2019

February update on our new ATL and quiz pages as well as some ideas for commemorating 2019 anniversaries.As ever, historical anniversaries mean... more

January: Anniversaries for 2019 and history in the news

11 January 2019

Happy New Year! See below for site updates, plans for 2019, forthcoming Anniversaries and some other interesting articles.Many thanks for all... more

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  • 12 Feb Jo Thomas
    8. TOK and Richard I
    Hi Sabina Thanks for pointing it out - the link is now fixed Jo
  • 12 Feb Sabina Jamshed
    8. TOK and Richard I
    [One article to help you get started, by Jake Priddy, is available here: "The Mythologization of History: Objectivity, Relativism and the Search for Truth.".. .This is not working
  • Many thanks Jo for the feedback of the incorrect dates on 2 of the sources on the Warsaw Uprisings 1944 documents!
  • Hi Sarah Some of the sources for an EE can be general textbooks, but most sources should be historians' books with some contemporary / primary sources referenced too. Jo
  • Are generally used in class text books - like Analysing The French revolution - Cambridge - acceptable source material for a history EE to make up the majority of sources or do they need to find significant Authors/Historians and source material...
  • Hi Rika Thanks for pointing this out - this was just an excerpt of the film. I've changed it and put the link to the full movie. Hopefully that will work! Jo
  • 4 Feb Rika Sakakibara
    3. Second World War: Practices (ATL)
    Is the movie of Task Two(5. How did the Allied Powers defeat the Axis Powers in 1945?) correct? That has just 4minutes 35sedonds but the question of this movie tells it has more than 30 minutes...? Rika
  • 1 Feb James Jacocks
    2. IA: Getting the question right
    Thank you!
  • 29 Jan Jo Thomas
    Paper 2
    Hi Alan Exam questions will only require two examples from two different regions so you could do this, but as we have said on the opening page for Authoritarian states ' is recommended that you study three to allow students to have a choice...
  • 28 Jan Alan Greenbank
    Paper 2
    Good morning, Jo. My colleague and I are teaching Authoritarian States for the first time this year and have a question - the IB syllabus states that three authoritarian leaders should be studied whereas your website suggests two. As the exam...
  • Hi James Yes, you are right. It's an interesting topic but it would need to be more history focused re impact of Native Americans on Europe (e.g. cultural/social impact) - also given specific dates. Jo
  • Many thanks Jo!


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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