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PS3: The Move to Global Warfree8 February 2021

This 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... more

14: European states in the inter-war years (1918–1939)free13 January 2021

This section deals with the domestic developments in Italy, Germany and Spain in the inter-war years. In addition, it is possible to study the domestic developments of one other European country: this... more

Topic 12: The Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalriesfree3 March 2021

World history topic 12: The Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalriesThis topic is divided into three themes which are explained below.There are separate pages on each of the three areas of prescribed... more

12: Imperial Russia, revolution and the establishment of the Soviet Unionfree14 November 2020

This topic looks at the last Tsars of Imperial Russia, the growing clash between conservatism and modernization and the impact of industrialisation, through to the political upheavals of 1905 and 1917... more

6. PS3: Full source papers Case Study 2free24 January 2021

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... more

Topic 11: Causes and effects of 20th Century warsfree14 November 2020

This topic allows you study a range of 20th Century wars.The study of each war needs to follow the three areas of 'prescribed content' and the themes identified within each area. However, the choice of... more

Exam revisionfree17 March 2021

At the end of your two year IB Diploma, you will have to demonstrate your skills in 3 hours 30 minutes of examinations if you are a Higher Level student or 1 hour 45 minutes if you are a SL student. So... more

5. PS3: Full source papers Case Study 1free9 February 2021

See below for full source papers and mark schemes for Case Study 1 on Japanese expansionism in East Asia (1931 - 1941) more

Causes and effects of 20th Century wars: Graded student examples free8 April 2021

Paper Two essays will usually expect students to either analyse one or two Twentieth Century Wars linked to one of the themes on the prescribed content. If it is two wars the question may also specify... more

7. The Cold War: Quizzesfree20 March 2021

See below for multiple choice interactive quizzes that students can do online with student access as well as 'paper quizzes' that you can print off for students.On this page you will find quizzes on this... more

Topic 14: The People's Republic of China (1949 - 2005)free8 February 2021

Topic 14 examines the nature of Mao's rule over China; the impact of his domestic and foreign policies as well as the changes that took place after his death under Deng Xiaoping.Specifically this unit... more

Case Study: Chinese Civil Warfree19 December 2020

The Chinese Civil War was an attempt by two ideologically opposed forces – the Nationalist Guomindang and the Chinese Communists – to gain central control over China. There are two phases to this... more

1. Imperial Russia, reform and reaction (1855 - 1894) (ATL)30 October 2019

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... more

2. American policy in Vietnam (ATL)4 February 2020

Here are activities for this section of Topic 16. There is much overlap here with the Vietnam for Paper 2 , Topic 11 on Wars: Case Study: The Vietnam War (ATL) and Paper 3, Cold War Conflicts in Asia:... more

Case Study: Topic 10 Nasserfree30 August 2020

In 1952 a coup brought down King Farouk of Egypt; the new military regime introduced a series of modernising reforms and also challenged the West's influence in the country and in the region as a whole.... more

Topic 15: Cold War conflicts in Asiafree12 October 2020

This section looks at the impact of the Cold War on Asia. There is a lot of overlap with this topic for Paper 3 and the Superpower rivalry topic for paper 2Specifically this topic covers the following... more

Interactive quizzes14 November 2018

Here are interactive quizzes for this topic on the Interwar Years.Each page has a different quiz of 25 questions which students can do on their own. When students 'check' their answers they will also... more

4. How the Civil War was fought10 September 2019

This page examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and the Confederacy, the role and impact of the different military and political leaders on each side and the impact of the key military campaigns. more

2. Vietnam War: Videos and activities20 August 2019

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 some of the videos... more

Move to Global War: Interactive quizzes17 December 2018

Here are interactive versions of the quizzes for this topic on Global WarEach page has a different quiz of 25 questions which students can do on their own. When students 'check' their answers they will... more

9. European states in the inter-war years: quizzes22 March 2019

On this page you will find quizzes on this topic to help students learn key facts.For interactive quizzes, which students can do online, go to this page: European states in the interwar years: Interactive... more

Mao: Quizzes 7 March 2021

See below for interactive multiple choice quizzes that students can do online with student access. Or you can print off the paper version for students.Here are interactive quizzes on this topic. When... more

6. Balkan conflicts in the 1990s: Part 216 September 2019

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... more

5. Nations affected by Cold War tensions: USSR25 May 2019

As in the US, the Cold War affected the the economy, society and culture. However the nature and the extent of the impact was different to the US in each of these areas.Guiding questions: more

Case study: Algerian Warfree22 August 2020

The Algerian War of 1954 to 1962 was one of the most brutal and devastating African struggles for independence. The war started on 1 November 1954 with an insurrection led by the Front de Libération... more

5. Balkan conflicts in the 1990s: Part 114 September 2019

Between 1991 and 2001 there were a series of wars in Yugoslavia that led to the break-up of the former communist state. As the former constituent republics declared independence from the federal state,... more

Topic 08: Independence Movementsfree29 December 2020

Topic 8 focuses on the emergence of new states in the 19th and 20th Centuries.You will need to cover at least two Independence movements from different regions though it is recommended that you study... more

2. Developing study skillsfree5 September 2020

This section looks at the key skills that you need as a starting point for any historical investigation. It includes help on finding relevant sources and gives tips on how to effectively read and take... more

4. Cambodia (ATL)2 July 2020

Cambodia was seen as a 'sideshow' to the Vietnam War; however by the 1970s events inside of Cambodia had resulted in the rise of a deadly communist group called the Khmer Rouge whose rule was to lead... more

4. Spanish Civil War: Essay planning for Paper 23 August 2018

The Spanish Civil War: essay planningThis page contains essay plans and essay writing activities on the Spanish Civil War. For comparative essays involving the Spanish Civil war please go to the comparative... more

Castro: Essay planning for Paper 23 August 2018

Essay planning using Castro as a case studyThis page contains ATL to improve essay writing for using Castro as a case study when discussing authoritarian states.See also the essay page on plans for comparative... more

3. The growth of militarism and nationalism in Japan13 April 2020

Despite the moves towards democracy and internationalism in the 1920s, external pressures ensured that the underlying problems which still existed in Japanese government and society would lead to a growth... more

2. The extent and nature of Soviet control29 July 2019

In the years 1945 to 1950, Stalin established political control over the eastern and central European states; he also tied them economically to the USSR and, via the Warsaw Pact, secured military control.... more

5. Post independence India 1947 - 19643 March 2019

This page looks in more detail at the consequences of Partition and at the impact of Nehru's policies in India 1947 to 1964.Guiding questions:What were the immediate results of Partition? more

4. Diplomacy in Europe: Quizzes free30 October 2020

See below for a page with 'paper quizzes' that you can print off for students and for interactive multiple choice quizzes that students can do online with student access. more

2. The Malayan Emergency (ATL)1 July 2020

This page looks at the causes and development of what the British called The Malayan Emergency. This is an example of a successful campaign against Communist insurgents and thus is a very different story... more

'Fake history is fake news entrenched' (Nov 2020)free24 November 2020

In the UK there is currently much discussion over Series 4 of The Crown, which follows the lives of the UK Royal Family under the current Queen Elizabeth. As the Netflix drama has moved towards the near-present,... more

2. The inter-war years: growing pressure on Britain29 June 2020

The inter-war years saw the Indian population challenging British rule though campaigns of civil disobedience led by Gandhi. It also saw a variety of responses from the British government to growing Indian... more

5. Timed assessments/exams - using Exam.net6 June 2020

One of the challenges of distance learning is being able to get students to complete timed assessments, summative assessments, practice exam papers or school exams.Exam.net is an excellent online program... more

6. Economic miracle and its impact on Japan25 November 2018

In the decades following the Occupation, Japan experienced an 'economic miracle'. By the end of the 1960s, Japan had become the third largest economy after the US and USSR. This had a profound impact... more

1. The impact of the First World War on Japan16 September 2018

The First World War saw Japan increasing its role on the world stage; it increased its territories and influence and, in the post-war years, entered into the Washington Treaties with the USA and Britain. more

3. Chinese Civil War: Effects (ATL)3 August 2018

1 October 1949, Mao proclaimed the People's Republic in Tiananmen Square.The effects of his victory in the civil war were far-reaching not just for China but for the region and for the whole world. The... more

1. Soviet motives for taking control in central and eastern Europe 1945 - 195514 July 2019

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... more

4. The People's Republic of China: Essay frames and writing exercises6 August 2018

This page contains a variety of essay writing exercises and essay plans for this topic.Task OneATL: thinking skills1. In pairs consider the following essay:To what extent was Mao's rule after 1955 a failure? more

Tema 11: Causas y consecuencias de las guerras del siglo XXfree4 October 2020

Este tema permite estudiar una serie de guerras del siglo XX.El estudio de cada guerra debe seguir las tres áreas de "contenido prescrito" y los temas identificados dentro de cada área. Sin embargo,... more

1. Vietnam War: Essay planning for Paper 23 August 2018

Vietnam War essay planningThis page contains ATL to improve essay writing for this topic as well as specific essay frames.The Vietnam War can be used for essays that require a discussion of guerilla warfare,... more

4. Case Study: Algeriafree17 January 2021

Algerian independence from France was achieved after a long struggle and a brutal war in 1962. The Algerian nationalist movement fought for liberation from the French government but the situation in... more

6. The fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, 1853 to 186816 February 2020

While the bakufu were struggling with the social and economic problems discussed on the previous page, a foreign crisis developed which brought matters to a head. The arrival of Commodore Perry from the... more

2. Taisho Democracy17 September 2018

The reign of the Taisho Emperor, although short, is associated with a period of optimism in Japan's development when it seemed that Japan was becoming part of the international world order and developing... more

4. Taiping Rebellion7 February 2020

Hong Xiuquan, a Chinese Christian convert who believed that he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ, founded a movement that gathered momentum in China in the 1840s. In 1850 Hong proclaimed the establishment... more