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 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 ...

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 ...

The Ten-Year Rule

I have decided that, when school resumes in January, I will give my students an assignment in which I will ask them to analyse the IB's 10-year rule and determine if they think that it is a well-reasoned rule. This morning, I was reading an essay by Umair Haque titled What Do You Call a World That Can’t Learn From Itself? Although it begins as a criticism of the US and its decline in standard of living, especially when compared to Europe, ...

New IB History Study Guides Available!

History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Germany 1918-1945 and History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Russia 1917-1953 have been added to OSC's IB Study Guide Series and are available to order now! These guides are written by experienced IB History teacher and OSC Subject Advisor, Joe Gauci. Find out more below.     History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Germany 1918-1945 uses emergence and rule of Nazi Germany as a discrete example. History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Russia 1917-1953 focuses on Soviet Russia under Lenin and Stalin.       These ...

Changes to the World History Topics and Paper 2

At face value, the changes to the World History Topics leave us with the ability to keep things very similar in our curriculum, or modify them wildly if we so prefer.  I am guess that very few of you are going to do the latter, but this is not meant to be dismissive: if you have the prep time, and your school has the resources, there are a lot of interesting ways in which the curriculum can be shifted. The main ...

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: 1. Society and economy (750–1400) 2. Causes and effects of medieval wars (750–1500) 3. Dynasties and rulers (750–1500) 4. Societies in transition (1400–1700) 5. Early Modern states ...