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In 1865 a triumphant federal government faced the problem of 'reconstruction' - of making peace and restoring the Confederate states to the Union. However, this was to prove very problematic; it created direct conflict between the President and Congress and historians still debate as to whether Reconstruction can be seen as a success or a failure.Guiding questions: What were the major challenges...
Site update, forthcoming anniversary plus publication of a book on one of the greatest unknown heroes of the Second World WarSite updateWe are pleased to announce that two Paper 3 units are now complete:Topic 8, Americas Region: The US Civil WarTopic 08: United States Civil War: Causes, course and effects (1840-1877)Topic 18, Europe region, Post-war central and eastern Europe18: Post-war central and...
This section looks at the different methods used by African Americans to end segregation and achieve equality, and the influence of both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X on the civil rights movement.This topic overlaps with Paper 1: Civil Rights and Protest.Guiding questions:What were the key milestones in ending segregation in the south, 1955 - 1980?What was the role of Dr Martin Luther King in the...
In 1992, Bosnia-Herzegovina also declared independence from Serbia thus beginning the bloodiest of the Balkan conflicts. This page examines the reasons, course and consequence of this war. It also examines the Kosovo War (also covered under Paper 1: 2. Kosovo (1989–2002) (ATL) and tries to draw conclusions as to the overall causes and consequences of the Balkan conflicts.Guiding questions:What...
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...
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 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...
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...
On this page you will find some suggestions and links to videos that can be used as well as teacher notes with suggestions as to how the videos can be used with students. Questions for each video are also on separate worksheets that can be handed out to students.Case Study 1: Japanese expansion in East Asia (1931–1941) 1. Road to War: JapanTeachers' notes:This video gives a sound overview...
The Weimar Republic (1918 - 1933)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 download.Videos and teaching ideas for videos are covered on separate pages; see left hand side of this...
Finally an InThinking site for IB History – and what a great one! Full of superb teaching ideas, materials and practical advice. Both my students and myself have benefited immensely from the wealth of guidance and inspiration on the site. Highly...
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...
17 September 2019
Site update, forthcoming anniversary plus publication of a book on one of the greatest unknown heroes of the Second World WarWe are pleased... more
11 August 2019
Some teaching ideas for your new IB history students, site update and some interesting articles!Photo by Ben White on Unsplash more
20 Sep Jo Thomas
3. Second World War: Practices (ATL)HI Maia Thanks for pointing that out. I can't find the original one any more but have put in two more videos which are useful overviews for showing the signficance of the Battle of Britain. Jo
19 Sep Maia Dean
3. Second World War: Practices (ATL)Hello, The link to the video about the Battle of Britain is broken in task two in 1. The first phase of the Second World War in Europe - How did Nazi Germany gain control of central, western and northern Europe by the end of 1941? . Do you...
18 Sep Jo Thomas
Causes and effects of 20th Century wars: Comparative essay planningHi Kyle We give answers for the Paper 1 full source papers, and lots of hints for essay plans - particularly for paper 3 essays where the content is prescribed.(as opposed to Paper 2 essays where students will have chosen different examples...
18 Sep Kyle Eskridge
Causes and effects of 20th Century wars: Comparative essay planningDo any of the ATL Task's have answers on this site for teachers?Something to help guide as we review student activities. Thanks
17 Sep Jo Thomas
2. African Americans and the fight for civil rights (ATL)Hi Jo, Thanks for pointing this out - I've put in a new link! Jo
16 Sep Jo Strange
2. African Americans and the fight for civil rights (ATL)The link to the black power salute video doesn't seem to be working?
11 Sep Jo Thomas
Topic 17: Post-war developments in the Middle East (1945–2000)Hi Bushra We are going to finish this in the next few months - the next section will be up in October and then hopefully the last two soon after! Jo
11 Sep Jo Thomas
5. The Cold War: Videos and activities CNN SeriesHi Kyle, Sorry - we don't have answer sheets for the video questions - but answers should be clear from watching the videos. Jo
11 Sep Kyle Eskridge
5. The Cold War: Videos and activities CNN SeriesDoes the site provide answers to the question sheets for teachers?
10 Sep Jo Thomas
4. How the Civil War was foughtHi David Thanks for pointing this out - I've put up a link for a different video. As I'm sure you can appreciate videos on YouTube regularly change settings/become unavailable - so thanks for pointing out the change in the status of this one....
10 Sep David Chapman
4. How the Civil War was foughtHello! The Robert E. Lee video is marked as private an inaccessible. Please check the settings on the videos on the site to make sure that they can be viewed by subscribers.
10 Sep Bushra Jamal
Topic 17: Post-war developments in the Middle East (1945–2000)Hey there! Can you please tell me whether this unit will be completed in the coming few months or not, because i have to take a decision based on it. Thank you.
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.