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The years 1945 to 1968 saw several states within Eastern Europe attempt to protest against and/or to reform the governments which ruled them. Although none of these protests were successful in fundamentally challenging Communist rule, the consequences were to have profound effects for Eastern Europe and for the Soviet Union itself.Guiding questionsWhy was there an uprising in East Germany in 1953?...
July 2019 sees the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 moon landings. This was an amazing achievement - the culmination of the 'space race' and the fulfillment of John Kennedy's pledge in 1961 that the US 'should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."Yet, conspiracy theories abound that in fact...
This section includes some samples of EEs that have received A gradesSee below for the sample EEsEE Sample 1: The Impact of the Danish ResistanceTo what extent was the Danish Resistance Movement successful in disrupting the Nazi occupation of Denmark?EE Sample 2: US intervention in the Chinese Civil WarThe Chinese Civil War was a conflict between the nationalist forces of the Guomindang (GMD) led...
Central and eastern European states faced political and economic challenges in the interwar years and were vulnerable to Soviet influence following the Second World War. This vulnerability was exploited by Stalin who established Soviet dominated communist parties in the countries 'liberated' by the Red Army after 1943. This page examines Stalin's motives for wanting to secure such firm...
Theme 1: Rivalry, Mistrust and AccordHere are some different activities that you can do for this theme within the topic of the Cold War. There is a mixture of source activities, summary activities, analytical activities, tasks to develop essay writing, individual and team work.The second part of Theme 1 is here: 1.2 Theme 1 - Rivalry, Mistrust and Accord (ATL) Videos and teaching ideas for videos...
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...
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...
Case Study: Mao ZedongThe ATL on this page are for students to investigate the key themes connected with Mao's rise and consolidation of power and the nature of his rule.The key details of Mao's rule are covered under Topic 14: The People's Republic of China (1949 - 2005). The aim of the ATL here and the essay planning (see left hand side) is to pull together the key events of his rule...
The page contains ATL to help students understand the causes, practices and effects of The First World War.For students studying this topic for Paper 3, more detail on the causes of the First World War can be found at ATL: Europe and the First World War Guiding questionsCauses:How important were long-term factors in causing the First World War?How important were short-term factors in causing the First...
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 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...
I have been teaching History for almost 29 years and IB for 5 years - and your materials are absolutely some of the best I have ever used - all located in one place; contemporary as well as student-focused - covering the objectives in a very thorough...
4 June 2019
Anniversaries of world changing events and updates to Paper 2 Cold War topic to bring it in line with the ammendments for 2020. more
6 May 2019
With the May History IB examinations imminent, we wish the best of luck to all of your students!Here we ponder the signficance of some more... more
17 Jul Jo Thomas
Internal Assessment (IA)Hi Alan The map should be in the appendix and then reference made to it if necessary in the main body with a footnote saying it is in Appendix. Jo
15 Jul Alan Greenbank
Internal Assessment (IA)Good evening, Jo. Could you provide me with advice about the inclusion of map in Section 2 of an IA. Should the map be included as an appendix or may it be inserted in the body of the investigation paragraph? Regards, Alan
Hi Maria It was an A grade - all the EEs that we have uploaded are high scoring A grade essays Jo
11 Jul Maria Pacheco
EE Sample 4: The French Revolution and the role of women 1789 to 1815Hello, What's the grade student received on this essay?
24 Jun Jo Thomas
1. Causes of the Great Depression in USHi Keon the aim of this site is to provide both content and activities (following the IB emphasis on ATL) for students on each topic as well as essay practice, video ideas, model answers etc We do not have pages of just plain notes - but...
24 Jun Jo Thomas
Paper 2Hi Sue that would be the Americas region if you are writing about women during WW2 in America. Fine to cover while you are doing the war in Asia!
23 Jun Keon Cha
1. Causes of the Great Depression in USI think it is better to give the summary of the materials than to give all these tasks....
20 Jun Sue Swartling
Paper 2Hello , Jo Concerning the impact of war on women ; if I use the impact of 2nd ww on women in the USA ... which region would that be ? I ask because of the problem of covering 2 wars from different regions . I plan to teach the 2nd...
18 Jun Michael Weisser
2. IA: Getting the question rightOnce again, I greatly appreciate the feedback. Take care!
18 Jun Jo Thomas
2. IA: Getting the question rightHi Michael Both are possible but the first option looks particularly interesting re impact of - education policy on equality (focusing just on women would also work well.)
18 Jun Michael Weisser
2. IA: Getting the question rightI have a student interested in doing her IA about Castro/Cuba. I would like to briefly summarize some ideas she thought of and would appreciate any feedback. 1. She wants to do something with his educational policy. Perhaps a focus on the...
11 Jun Jo Thomas
8. European states in the interwar years: graded student examplesThanks for pointing this out, Antoinette - it should be sorted now!
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.