Japanese military participation in World War I

Most IBDP students have a clear understanding of Japanese participation in the peace talks after World War I.  Margaret Macmillan's Paris 1919 very effectively illustrates Japanese goals of racial equality and great power status, and many historians look at World War I as a means of further subjugating the Chinese but little time or effort tends to be given to Japan's actual military participation in World War I.   Consider the following questions: What interests did Japan have that led to ...

First World War centennial – Africa

While most of us spend time on the role of colonialism, and the 19th century Scramble for Africa as a cause of the war, we rarely spend much time on the continent after the outbreak of war.  There is some mention of North Africa vis-à-vis the Ottoman Empire but there is little consideration of the Sub-Saharan region. The Germans maintained colonial empires on both coasts but they tended to be poorly defended.  When war broke out the Allies took advantage of ...

The Battle of the Somme

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The 7th July marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.  The British launched an attack on the German forces hoping yet again for a break through and an end to the stalemate brought on by trench warfare.  Instead, the battle lasted into November and ultimately there was no victor although the Allies claimed victory due to a 5-mile (8 kilometer) advance.  In this first day the British saw 20,000 soldiers die and another 40,000 were ...

In one week the IB history exams begin

To steal from Lenin, 'What is to be done?'  The burning questions of IB history may include how to get the elusive 7 or how to pass if you haven't opened your textbook in the past year.  Although these are very different scenarios they both involve how to prepare for the IB in this last week. Usually I write about getting a good night's sleep and making sure that you have your lucky pen but today I feel like being more exam specific. Paper 1: Review the content, ...

What is a predicted grade?

At this time of year you may hear your teachers mention predicted grades.  This may make you nervous and you may worry about what this is, but it shouldn't worry you at all. The IB asks your teacher to give a best guess of what your final IB result will be.  This is based on your in-class work, our IA and any type of exam practice that has been done.  This information goes to the International Baccalaureate and is there for ...

Why revise History with OSC?

By Monday, February 29, 2016 No tags 0

If you're an IB student currently working towards final IB exams you're probably asking yourself: Why do I need to revise History with OSC? An IB History expert, who has taught on OSC's Exam Revision Courses for two decades, explains why: The IB History syllabus is international history: an intensive OSC revision course allows students to see the ‘big picture’, that is the connections between different topics and countries, and makes it easier to understand the similarities and the differences between ...

For students: The HL option and Paper 3

Happy New Year to all of you!  The weather has definitely changed course for most of you, and while most of my posts have been written with a blue sky and warm temperatures, the mountains of New Mexico have had near-record amounts of snow and the temperatures have been very cold, even for this altitude. With the new year comes a new semester, term or quarter for many of you.  While I used the past term to cover the SL requirements ...

History Syllabus Tips

You are the first students taking the new History syllabus. The assessment is still unclear. Our subject expert provides some useful insights. Alexis Mamaux, one of OSC’s experienced IB bloggers and History teachers, outlines these important changes and identifies how you can tackle them as a student. The new IB History curriculum in a nutshell  New prescribed topics in IB History  World History Topics and Paper 2. What is different? History etched on an old paper scroll with a vintage clock

What is new and different with the World History Topics and Paper 2?

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The main content change is the merger of Routes 1 and 2.  The HL option will still need to be declared, but the new syllabus has 12 topics - 4 that come from the previous 20th century world history topics, 4 from the previous Medieval History topics and 4 from the middle, linking part of the curriculum. The topics are: Medieval Islamic Society is characterized in the painting above. 1. Society and economy (750–1400) 2. Causes and effects of medieval wars (750–1500) 3. Dynasties and ...

New Prescribed Subjects in IB History

When you are talking to students in second year IB they may tell you about certain content areas that you have not heard of.  Shortened to Medieval, Peacemaking or Communism in Crisis, these are three examples of the material that is on their syllabus, and you may become concerned that your teacher has mentioned none of these.  This is because these are not part of your curriculum; they are the Prescribed Subjects for second year IB students. What are Prescribed Subjects?  ...