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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...
The Cold War affected not only the internal politics and the foreign policy of the US; it influenced economic thinking and spending and it had a profound impact on the lives of ordinary Americans. Guiding questions:What was the economic impact of the Cold War on the US?What was the social impact of the Cold War on the US?What was the impact of the Red Scare on the civil rights movement?What was the...
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.1. The Romanovs. The History of the Russian Dynasty Episode 7This video is great to give students an overview of the reign of Alexander II,...
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...
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...
This page follows on from the first ATL page for this theme - starting with the impact of the nuclear arms race through to the final collapse of the USSR and the end of the Cold War.The Berlin crisis of 1958 - 1961 and the Cuban Missile crisis are covered here: 3. Theme 3 - Cold War Crises (ATL) Guiding questions:What was the impact of the nuclear arms race on the development of the Cold War?How did...
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 ATL on this page deal with the role of Hitler and Germany in increasing international tension in the 1930s and ultimately forcing Britain and France to declare war in September 1939.Guiding QuestionsWhat was the impact of the First World War on Hitler's foreign policy aims?How did Hitler challenge the post-war settlement? Was he an opportunist?What was the international response to Hitler's...
The Spanish Civil War was fought between the Republicans and The Nationalists. However it was protracted by, and possibly ultimately determined by, foreign interventions. The historian Beevor suggested that the war ‘became enmeshed in the international civil war, which stated in earnest with the Bolshevik Revolution.’The following ATL will give students the opportunity to explore the key...
The years 1855 to 1894 saw Russia experiencing some dramatic reforms, but also severe repression.Here are some different activities that you can do for this first part of Section 12. There is a mixture of starter activities on this page plus source activities summary activities, analytical activities, individual work and team work which aim to get students to understand the mix of reform and repression...
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...
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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...
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
14 May Adele Evans
2. IA: Getting the question rightThank you Jo. Much appreciated!
13 May Jo Thomas
4. PS5 Conflict and Intervention: Full source papersHi Question 2 should say Source C on the PDF- I've changed it now. Is there another discrepency? Thanks Jo
13 May Jo Thomas
4. The Cold War: Videos and activitiesthanks Jim for letting me know - I've put in a new link!
13 May Jim Antony Howard Bushby
4. The Cold War: Videos and activitiesHi Jo And the David Reynolds Summits series has gone too. Any news on that?
13 May Leanne Fleming
4. PS5 Conflict and Intervention: Full source papersThere are errors-differences between the markscheme and the source questions for the Rwandan Genocide P1.
11 May Jo Thomas
2. IA: Getting the question rightYes, that would be easier to deal with - especially your first suggestion. If there is enough of a two sided argument - the student could use the' To what extent..' stem to encourage an analytical approach .eg. TWE did the media's treatment...
10 May Adele Evans
2. IA: Getting the question rightThat's exactly what I thought! The student has read some good periodicals on the relationship between the media and Victorian crime - Clive Emsley being one of the historians currently being read. Rather than focussing on the impact, I was...
10 May Jo Thomas
2. IA: Getting the question rightHi Adele 'impact upon society' questions are usually quite tricky as its a hard area to measure . What reading has the student already done on this - have then found some good historiography already? A more straightfoward approach might be...
9 May Adele Evans
2. IA: Getting the question rightI have a student wanting to explore the role of the media and its impact upon society following the Jack the Ripper case. Do you have any guidance on this? Thanks.
5 May Jo Thomas
1. The Weimar Republic (1918 - 1933) (ATL)Hi Joel Thanks so much for letting me know - I've updated the link now!
4 May Joel Robotham
1. The Weimar Republic (1918 - 1933) (ATL)Hi, the video link for "Hitler's circle of evil is no loner available.
30 Apr Jo Thomas
EE Sample 2: US intervention in the Chinese Civil WarHI Valerie The one on women in the French Rev is the only one from the new EE requirements and so I would therefore recommend using this one with the class to go through the new assessment criteria. But the Chinese Civil war one could still...
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.