Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Historians' Dinner Party

Hand in your A4 sheet about your historian. I will make copies for everyone. Take all the 12 sheets home and read them at home.

Start sorting them out at home and create your own harmonious seating plan.
  • It is important you include some key quotes by your historian on your A4. 
  • Your sheet has to be of the highest quality. Interim reports are due soon and I will take the quality of your sheet into account. 
  • Don’t just rely on the information in the handout. You need to do additional research. See the Google Drive (ww1 folder), Google Scholar etc. Your textbook will also have some information on some historians. 
On Monday you will also get your essays back.

No class, opening ceremony

Have the seating plans done, compare and contrast seating plans. We will do some other WW1 related content.

Thursday: Come to S16 at community time for the Dinner party. You will BE the historian.
While the pizza is certainly a nice extra, the key aim of this dinner party is to understand the different and broad historical interpretations in the WW1 debate. Understanding this will be vital for future essays and your exam.

  1. Annika Mombauer Jasmine
  2. Gordon Martel Georgia
  3. AJP Taylor Luan
  4. Sydney Bradshaw Fay Katie
  5. Fritz Fischer Moira
  6. Paul Kennedy Jonah
  7. Christopher Clark Seb
  8. Richard Evans Sumeyya
  9. Max Hastings Jack G
  10. Gary Sheffield Damon
  11. Gerhard Ritter Jack B
  12. Margaret MacMillan Caitlin

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The International Council Debate

Homework again for Wednesday

You need to have at least one A4 page which you will share with the class AFTER the debate:
  • War aims
  • Reasons why you entered the war
  • Reasons why your country is NOT to blame for WW1
  • Have questions ready for other countries
  • YOU are the expert on your country!
Every country will get ‘the floor’ for a few minutes to present your case.

  • UK: Moira and Caitlin
  • Russia: Sumeyya and Georgia
  • Germany: Katie and Jasmine
  • France: Luan and Seb
  • Italy and Serbia: Jack and Jack
  • Austria-Hungary: Damon and Jonah

You can bring some food. You can bring country specific props, head dress or anything else.

Ms. V will be the arbiter.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Crises pre-1914

On Monday, we will be looking at all the crises and dramas that occurred before war broke out in 1914.
In preparation, your homework for Monday is as follows:

Key crises:
  1. 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War (p12)
  2. Boer war (1899 – 1900) p34
  3. German Navy build up (1900) ppt
  4. Anglo Japanese treaty (1902) p37
  5. Dreadnought (1905) ppt
  6. First Moroccan crisis (1905) p41
  7. Russo-Japanese war (1905) p37
  8. Bosnian Crisis (1908) ppt / p47
  9. Balkan wars (1912 – 1913) p48

For each:
  • Who, What, Where, Why? (Dot points)
  • Consequences for international relations (Did it make tension/war more or less likely?)
  • 1 sentence (or very short) summary

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Welcome to IB History

Welcome to IB History:

Keys to success:
  • Learn smart and efficiently
  • Be an active reader (take notes, paraphrase)
  • Learn from each essay
  • Look after each other; it's a group effort
  • Be tech savvy
A suggestion for setting up the folder structure on your computer:

  • Folder: CPE, Sub folders: WW1, WW2, Chinese Civ War.
  • Folder: IB admin (for general handouts, skills booklets, course overview etc)


Read Chapter 1 and write down the meaning of these words:

Imperialism, nationalism, militarism, Social Darwinism, dreadnought, fascism, National Socialism, Weltpolitik, Mitteleuropa, Lebensraum, Central Powers, Prussia, Triple Entente, appeasement, total war, Bolshevism, Great Depression.

Create a chart for these 8 countries: France, Great Britain, Russia, USA, A-H, Germany, Japan, Ottoman Empire. For each, briefly complete the following:
  • Colonial Territories 
  • Nationalism? Based on what? (or not?)
  • Form of government
  • Strong or weak military
  • Friend and foes
  • Economics
  • Anything else...
How are you going to do this homework? You can do it in your workbook, on your computer or you can collaborate on Google Docs.