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1.1 Theme 1 - Rivalry, Mistrust and Accord (ATL)15 April 2019

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... more

3. Theme 3 - Cold War Crises (ATL)14 April 2019

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... more

Case Study: Vietnam War (ATL)31 March 2019

Case Study: The Vietnam WarThe ATL on this page are designed to help students understand the causes, practices and effects of the Vietnam War.Some videos are suggested below; other videos are on the actual... more

1.2 Theme 1 - Rivalry, Mistrust and Accord (ATL)31 March 2019

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... more

Case Study Topic 10: Mao (ATL)free17 April 2019

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... more

1.2 German and Italian expansionism (1933 - 1940) ATL4 December 2018

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. more

3. Japanese expansion in East Asia (1931 - 1941) (ATL)10 April 2019

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... more

2. Nazi Germany (1933 - 1939) (ATL)31 October 2018

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... more

Paper 1free2 August 2018

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... more

1. Rivalry, mistrust and accord: essay writing exercises and essay plans2 April 2019

Rivalry, mistrust and accord: essay framesThis theme of the Cold War topic will contain more specific questions than the other two themes which will usually be more comparative in nature. more

Comparative essay planning for authoritarian states3 August 2018

This page gives some suggestions for activities and plans which require students to compare two authoritarian states; this skill is key for this paper and students need plenty of practice in planning... more

Revision skillsfree4 April 2019

At the end of your two year IB Diploma, you will have to demonstrate your skills in 5 hours of examination if you are a Higher Level student or 2.5 hours if you are a SL student. So a well planned out... more

2. American policy in Vietnam (ATL)6 September 2018

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

3. Apartheid South Africa (1948 - 1964) (ATL)free3 August 2018

These pages will give you some ideas for teaching and learning activities for the case study on the Apartheid in South Africa. We have included a range of activities which include comprehension exercises,... more

1. Stalin's rise to power and rule (ATL)30 October 2018

Here are some different activities that you can do for this first part of Section 16. There is a mixture of starter activities on this page plus source activities, summary activities, analytical activities,... more

3. Second World War: Practices (ATL)5 February 2019

The Second World War is a case study of a war between states. It is also cross-regional case study. It is an example of a war where you can analyse and evaluate the relative importance of each theatre... more

7. Imperial Russia, revolution and the establishment of the Soviet Union (1855–1924): Videos and activities19 November 2018

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... more

1. Imperial Russia, reform and reaction (1855 - 1894) (ATL)4 August 2018

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

This section looks at the practices of the Chinese Civil War, linking the course of the war to the prescribed content headings for wars on the IB syllabus.Note that this section links to Paper 3 Asia... more

1. Reactions to events in Europe and Asia, 1933 - 1941free5 August 2018

This page looks at the reasons for US isolationism and the reaction of America to events in Europe and Asia. Also Roosevelt's actions with regard to Latin America.Guiding questions: more

4. Japanese expansion in East Asia: Videos and activities27 August 2018

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... more

3. US Foreign policy - Kennedy to Carter (ATL)6 August 2018

The ATL on the page examine the foreign policies from Kennedy to Carter and the impact of these policies on the region.Guiding Questions:What were Kennedy's foreign policy goals?What were the reasons... more

Case Study: Cuban Civil War (ATL)3 August 2018

Case Study: Cuban Civil WarThe ATL on this page are designed to help students understand the causes, practices and effects of the Cuban Civil War. This works as a case study for both a civil war and a... more

1. First World War: Causes (ATL)28 August 2018

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... more

1. Spanish Civil War: Causes (ATL)free3 August 2018

After over a century of social, economic and political division, the Spanish Civil War broke out in July 1936 when an attempted military coup failed and the country descended into internal conflict more

3. The Vietnam conflict (ATL)24 February 2019

This page covers the Vietnam conflict from before the Second World War to the departure of the Americans in 1975 and the subsequent political and economic development of the country. There is considerable... more

1. Europe and the First World War (ATL)12 February 2019

On this page you will find ATL on the causes and impact of the First World War. These are in addition to ATL which can be found on the case study of the First World War for Paper 2: Case Study: First... more

Leaders and nations: Graded student examplesfree27 August 2018

On this page, you will find sample essays for this section - comparing leaders or nations from different regions.Essay oneThis essay takes Stalin and Truman as the two leaders to compare and contrast.... more

1. Causes of the Great Depression in USfree27 August 2018

The economic depression, which first affected the United States and then the whole world, started with the collapse of share prices on the Wall Street Stock Exchange in New York, October 1929. However,... more

An introduction to themes and prescribed content (ATL)free3 August 2018

This page aims to introduce students to the concept of authoritarian states and to think about the themes and prescribed content that they will need to consider in their study of authoritarian states.... more

4. Apartheid South Africa: Videos and activities2 August 2018

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... more

3. Social impact of the Second World War5 August 2018

The Second World War impacted on the role of women, African Americans and minority groups in America. All groups were involved to some degree in the war effort and this led to changes in their lives -... more

2. Involvement and participation of the US and Canada5 August 2018

Both Canada and the US were involved in fighting in Europe; Canada from 1940 and the US from 1942. In Asia, Canadian troops were involved in the resistance of Hong Kong. However it was US troops that... more

2. Vietnam War: Videos and activities3 August 2018

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

1. Slaveryfree25 March 2019

This page focuses on the key issue of slavery. Slavery was fundamental in dividing America and causing conflicts between North and South which ultimately led to the Civil War.Guiding questions: more

4. The Bolshevik consolidation of power (1918 - 1924) (ATL)4 August 2018

On this page, there are ATL to help students understand how the Bolsheviks managed to consolidate their power in the years 1917 and 1924 and survive a civil war.Note that this section can also be used... more

4. Second World War: Effects (ATL)3 August 2018

Guiding questions:What was the situation in Europe and Asia at the end of the Second World War?What were the economic costs of the Second World War?What were the political and ideological effects of the... more

4. The use of Atomic weapons against Japan7 August 2018

The Second World War finally ended in the Pacific following the US' decision to drop two Atomic bombs on Japan - the first on the city of Hiroshima and the second on the city of Nagasaki. The first explosion... more

2. Spanish Civil War: Practices (ATL)3 August 2018

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... more

Internal Assessment (IA)free2 August 2018

The IA or Internal Assessment provides both SL and HL students with an opportunity to explore any part of your history programme in more detail, or indeed to explore an area that is not covered by your... 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

8. European states in the interwar years: graded student examples20 January 2019

On this page you will find sample essays on this topic, written by students and graded by examiners. We have also suggested activities that can be done with these essays.The two graded essays here are... more

Topic 11: Japan 1920 to 1990free4 January 2019

This period of Japan's history starts with a period of 'liberal' democracy, examines the descent into nationalism and militarism in the 1930s with its catastrophic results, and then looks at the reconstruction... 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

5. The People's Republic of China (1949 - 2005): videos6 August 2018

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... 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

2. Versailles to Berlin: Essay frames and writing exercises4 August 2018

This page contains ATL to improve essay writing for this topic in Paper 3 as well as specific essay frames for Paper 3 style essays.In pairs plan the following essay:Discuss the reasons why the Versailles... more

Hitler: Essay planning for Paper 2free3 August 2018

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

6. Treatment of Japanese citizens in the Americas24 August 2018

One of the darker episodes of the Second World War in the Americas is the treatment of Japanese citizens. This page gives ATL on the causes and consequences of the internment of Japanese in America, Canada... 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