PS3: The Move to Global War

Prescribed Subject 3: The Move to Global War

This topic covers the causes of World War Two both in Europe and in Asia.

An outline of the course is given below but the full details can be found on the OCC here.

It is important that you read the IB introduction to this topic carefully as well as the prescribed content.

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 expansionism.

The key themes are the causes of expansionism, the main events/actions of each country that contributed to a rise in tension and, finally, the international reactions to these events and actions.

As with the other Paper 1 topics, the themes for each case study are the same to allow teachers to draw comparisons between the case studies. However, exams will only ever be set on one of the case studies and will never be of a comparative nature.

1.1 German and Italian expansion (1933–1940) (ATL)

Alongside the increase of tensions in Asia, the 1930s also saw the actions of Mussolini and Hitler increasing tensions in Europe and severely testing the idea of collective security. The main international...

1.2 German and Italian expansionism (1933 - 1940) ATL

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.

2. German and Italian expansion: Videos and activities

On this page you will find some suggestions and links to videos 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...

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

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 culminate in the Japanese attack...

4. Japanese expansion in East Asia: Videos and activities

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.

5. PS3 Move to Global War: Full source papers

On this page you will find full source papers and mark schemes for both case studies.For some of the examples we also have student answers which you can use with your students to help develop their responses.

6. PS3 Move to Global War: Quizzes

Here are some quizzes and review activities for Move to Global War.

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