New Study & Revision Guides for IB History Paper 2: Topic 11: Causes and Effects of 20th-century Wars

We are pleased to announce the publication of two new titles in the OSC IB Study & Revision Guide series. IB History SL & HL Paper 2 Causes and Effects of 20th-century Wars: The First World War IB History SL & HL Paper 2 Causes and Effects of 20th-century Wars: The Second World War Written for the requirements of the 2017–2023 exam sessions, these revision guides support exam preparation for IBDP History Paper 2, focusing on the First and Second World War respectively ...

History Internal Assessment Tips: What you don’t find in the Subject Guide

The most important thing for students to do is to choose a straightforward, answerable question on a suitable topic. The Subject Avoid ‘well worn paths’.  There is little new that you could add to our understanding of Hitler, Nazi Germany, Stalin’s five-year plans or the causes of World War I. Do not waste your time with conspiracy theories.  There are lots of them floating around the internet.  If government inquiries and hundreds of books cannot discover the name of JFK’s assassin, you ...

New Release: IB History Paper 2: Causes and Effects of 20th-Century Wars: The Spanish Civil War

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new title in the OSC IB Study & Revision Guide series. IB History Paper 2 Causes and Effects of 20th-Century Wars: The Spanish Civil War This revision guide supports exam preparation, using the Spanish Civil War to explore History Paper 2 Topic 11: Causes and Effects of 20th-century Wars. Structured to mirror the syllabus, it will help you to understand the essential issues and that examiners will be looking for in your essays. Author ...

New Release: IB History Paper 2 Authoritarian States: Italy 1914–1945

We are pleased to announce the release of a new title in the OSC IB Study & Revision Guide series, the latest and final instalment in our 20th century World History books exploring the rise of Authoritarian States. IB History Paper 2 Authoritarian States: Italy 1914–1945 This revision guide supports exam preparation for IBDP History Paper 2 Topic 10: Authoritarian States, using Fascist Italy (1914–1945) as a discrete example. With guidance on writing essays to achieve top marks, it provides a focused account ...

The Depths of Despair: Long Winters and their Effect on History

General Winter by Louis Bombled (1862–1927), via Wikimedia Commons In this era where there is a lot of talk about the climate and its effect on our lives, and as a signal of what we have done to the planet we inhabit, it is also worthwhile to discuss its effect on history. There are several notable situations that had repeated impact on historical events, most notably in Russia.  It was in a Russian winter that Napoleon's forces were halted and nearly ...

New Release: IB History Paper 2 Authoritarian States: China 1911–1976

We are pleased to announce the release of a new title in the OSC IB Study & Revision Guide series, the latest instalment in our 20th century World History books exploring the rise of Authoritarian States. IB History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: China 1911–1976 This revision guide supports exam preparation for IBDP History Paper 2, Topic 10: Authoritarian States, using Mao’s China (1911–1976) as a discrete example. Closely structured around the syllabus, it charts the emergence of the Communist state in China, the ...

Halifax Explosion of December 1917: The Effect of War on the Home Front

There are certain subjects which warrant treatment of the subject even if they do not fit neatly into the envelope of the IB Subject Guide.  One such example of this is the collision of the SS Mont Blanc and the SS Imo on 6 December 1917. The Mont Blanc was a French ship loaded with ammunition in New York City that was sent up to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to join an convoy  across the Atlantic. At dawn on 6 December it ...

Silent Night

In this week, when few are in school, and many are on break for a number of reasons, it seemed worthwhile to consider traditions.  Now, Eric Hobsbawm talked about the invention of traditions in his book of the same name, but he was thinking about something slightly different: he was considering how, in the act of nation building (and not in the Kennedy-esque US way), that people create stories and customs about the past that are more nostalgia, and that have limited relationship to the past.  On the ...

Happy Anniversary – or when is Wednesday?

Soviet-era propaganda poster On October 25 1917 the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd, beginning the process of Communist control in what would become the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  Based on that information alone, most would think that we are currently marking the centennial of the revolution, but. we aren't really. As students of Russian history know, the Tsars followed the Julian calendar while most of Europe followed (and continue to follow) the Gregorian calendar.  The change was evolutionary in nature, ...

Rights and Protest: 60 years since the Little Rock 9 entered Central High School

When I opened the paper today (yes, some of us still do that), there was a brief interview with some of the members of the Little Rock 9.  60 years ago today, 9 African-American teenagers entered Central High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, in a bid to begin the end of segregation in education.  If you look at the photo of the students that the Associated Press/Fox News used in its article, you see a group of pleasant, well-dressed young people on ...