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Essays asking for two case-studies are more challenging than those which require the analysis of only one example. Planning help for such essays is given here: Comparative essay planning for Authoritarian States 1. Maintenance of PowerThis essay uses Nazi Germany and Mao's China as examples in this essay:2. Aims and results of policies This essay uses the examples of Hitler's Germany and Mao's...
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. 1. The Berlin Blockade 1948 2. The Berlin Crisis 1958 to 19613. The Cuban Missile Crisis...
See below for full source papers and mark schemes for Case Study 2 on German and Italian expansion (1933 1 1941)For the first two of the source questions we also have included student answers which you can use with your students to help develop their responses.1. Invasion of Abyssinia2. Invasion of Rhineland3. Munich Agreement (NEW SEPT 2021)4. The Nazi-Soviet Pact5. Invasion of Poland
Welcome to InThinking History!This site is designed to help you succeed in your History IB examination.Your teacher will direct you to pages with relevant content and activities for each of the topics that you are studying. In addition, the pages below will help you to find out more about IB History and also introduce you to the skills needed to be a successful IB History student.1. Introduction to...
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...
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...
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...
The First World War began in the Balkans in July 1914 and ended in November 1918; it involved more than 100 countries and resulted in 17 million dead and 20 million wounded. Historians have argued ever since 1918 over what caused this catastrophe; this page covers the long-term, short-term and immediate events that led the Great Powers of Europe, their empires and their allies into armed conflict.For...
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...
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...
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...
22 August 2021
We hope that those of you returning to school in August after the long vacation will be back full-time in the classroom for this year - or at... more
21 Sep Jo Thomas
2. Graded student examples with two case studiesHI Kate Thank you for kindly pointing out the problem above re the bottom bit being cut off; it seems that the page was too longso I've put the essays on separate pages which should hopefully resolve the issue!
21 Sep Katie Cooke
2. Graded student examples with two case studiesTo what extent was authoritarian control achieved in two 20th-century states? Where is the end of the essay??
19 Sep Jo Thomas
3. Japanese expansion in East Asia (1931 - 1941) (ATL)Hi Thanks for pointing this out - have taken out the task. Jo
19 Sep Guðmundur Arnlaugsson
3. Japanese expansion in East Asia (1931 - 1941) (ATL)Hi Jo. The interactive timeline link in Teaching American History is dead: /
16 Sep Jo Thomas
2. IA: Getting the question rightHi Sue YOu could have How signficant was ... in mobilising women to go to work...but as you say hard to measure the impact of a poster campaign. Is there some research and historiography on this? Jo
16 Sep Jo Thomas
6. First World War: Videos and activitiesHi Jeremy the missing links are for the 1996 BBC Great War series - I've put in new links - hopefully will stay OK for the moment!
16 Sep Sue Swartling
2. IA: Getting the question rightHello Jo I have a student who is trying to put together her IA question on the topic of women in the USA during WW2 , something like the impact of the poster Rosie the Riveter in getting women to work. /. how effective was the poster campaign...
15 Sep Jeremy Shepard
6. First World War: Videos and activitiesSome of the videos say unavailable. Do you have another link that I can use to access these videos?
15 Sep Jo Thomas
1. IA: Explaining the criteriaHi Gary We think it's probably best to select individual sources from the exhibit to use. Jo
14 Sep Jo Thomas
Topic 08: Independence MovementsHi Brian - US doesn't work for this time period as it is 1800 onwards. We do have the Americas on our list to do for this topic but will probably focus on Cuba as a case study.
14 Sep Gary McCrory
1. IA: Explaining the criteriaHi Jo, I have a student who recently visited a local museum and found an exhibition that relates specifically to her IA research question. The exhibit consists of one presentation that contains multiple sources such as photos, newspaper articles...
14 Sep Alan Greenbank
Case Study Topic 10: Mao (ATL)Hi, Jo. When considering the emergence of an authoritarian state in China, should one also include the methods used by Mao and the CCP between 1949 and 1953? I am not sure if the victory in the civil war in 1949 ends the emergence theme meaning...
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.