History

History

The study of history allows one to really wonder "How do we know what we know?" In order to understand how historians "connect the dots" using reason the course will start with an in depth study of historical method.

We prioritize depth of understanding rather than breadth; the goal is expertise rather than familiarity. We teach history as an active process of analysis rather than as a set of knowledge to be passively memorized and regurgitated. Students learn and practice the skills of historians. You desire to learn as much as possible about the past, but you don’t want to be limited to listening to stories and analyses. We teach out students in their first year to search for information independently and to evaluate critically.

While analysing the past can be thrilling, it is important that your story is well defined and presented professionally. For this reason, it is essential that you understand the importance of improving your writing skills and are willing to give presentations to small groups.

The globalisation of the world also has consequences for science, which is why much of the literature you will be reading is sourced from international academic publications. Hence, you will be abreast of the latest scientific data and views. Furthermore, our outlook goes beyond the UK: the history of Europe and the world is our point of reference, since that is the only way to correctly evaluate the history of your own region or country.

Year 12/13 IB

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Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Year 12 Prescribed Peacemaking, peacekeeping-international relations 1918-36 Treaty of Versailles and other WWI treaties
Germany in interwar years
Rapallo, Weimar and Hitler
France`s search for security
Italian Fascism and the rise of Mussolini
The League of Nations and its failures
U.S. isolationism
20th Century World History Topics: Topic one: Causes, practices, and effects of wars (WW2)
1. Origins and causes of WWII
2. Blitzkrieg
3. Poland and the Phoney War
4. Battle of the Atlantic
5. Western Front
6. Eastern Front
7. Africa
8. War in the Pacific
9. Technology in WWII
10. Holocaust
11. Hiroshima and Nagasaki
12. Legacy of WWII
13. Nuremburg Trials
Effects of WW2
7. Africa
8. War in the Pacific
9. Technology in WWII
10. Holocaust
11. Hiroshima and Nagasaki
12. Legacy of WWII
13. Nuremburg Trials
Year 13 20th Century World History Topics: Topic five: Cold War
1. Wartime conferences: Yalta and Potsdam
2. US policies and developments in Europe: Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, NATO
3. Bipolar world
4. US-Chinese, Soviet-Chinese relations
5. Cuban Missile Crisis
6. Germany (especially Berlin (1945-61), Afghanistan (1979-88), Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia
7. Detente
8. Brezhnev, Gorbachev and the end of the Soviet Bloc Revolutions of 1980-90
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