History Study & Revision Guides

 

IBDP History offers a diverse range of topics which can be studied from a variety of perspectives, with the option of using different geographic areas as examples. OSC’s study and revision resources for History offer flexible, focused reviews of core topics and key options, and practice and guidance for students on tackling exam papers. 

Each Guide:

  • Provides a review of the essential topic information
  • Offers guidance on how to apply learning to exam essays
  • Includes exam-style practice questions

All our History guides are valid for the 2017-2023 exam cycle.

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History Paper 1: The Move to Global War (SL/HL)
£18.50
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  • Author: Joe Gauci | 1 Ed. | ISBN: 9781910689318
  • This Guide provides a focused review of SL and HL course content for IBDP History: Paper 1: The Move to Global War. Closely mirroring the structure of the syllabus, it covers both prescribed case studies and explains how to use historical detail to write effective exam answers.

    Coverage includes:

    • Japanese expansionism (1931–41)
    • Italian and German expansionism (1933–40)
    • The causes of expansion, important events, and international responses
    • Discussion of domestic, economic, and ideological issues

    Key features:

    • Guidance on answering the four types of Paper 1 question
    • Exam-style practice questions with commentary and suggested responses
    • Margin box definitions of key technical and historical terms
    • Timelines to help visualise and contextualise events
  • About the Author

    Joe read Modern History at Lincoln College, Oxford and has been teaching for 24 years. Joe has taught IB History for the last 16 years at Malvern College, Worcestershire, England where he oversees its academic life as Director of Studies.

History Paper 2: The Cold War (SL/HL)
£18.00
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  • Author: Sam Olofsson | 1 Ed. | ISBN: 9781910689301
  • This guide offers a comprehensive review of IBDP History Paper 2, Topic 12, The Cold War: Superpower Tensions and Rivalries. It focuses on the central themes of the syllabus, using questions to prepare you to successfully use your knowledge to maximise your marks in the exam.

    Coverage includes:

    • The course of the Cold War from the alliances of WWII to the Fall of Communism in 1991
    • The impact of significant leaders from different regions
    • The effect of Cold War tensions on particular countries
    • Case studies of pivotal crises

    Features

    • Guidance on interpreting command terms and different styles of question
    • Essay Templates for structuring exam responses
    • Margin boxes for essential concepts, critical thinking questions, and exam tips
    • Chapter-end exercises, with suggestions on methodology
    • Timelines to help contextualise events
    • Annotated further reading list
  • About the Author

    Sam Olofsson studied History at Lund University, Sweden and has taught it for the last 20 years at Malmö Borgarskola in Sweden, specialising in IB History since 1993. Sam is particularly interested in teaching methodology and has taught for many years on OSC’s world-class IBDP Revision Courses and the Boston Summer School, which means that he understands what students find challenging when they come to prepare for their exams, and how to advise them to use what they know to maximise their marks. This vital knowledge is distilled into this book.

History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Germany 1918–1945 (SL/HL)
£12.00
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  • Author: Joe Gauci | 1 Ed. | ISBN: 9781910689233
  • This Guide will prepare you for writing effective essays for IBDP History Paper 2, Topic 10: Authoritarian States, using Nazi Germany (1918–1945) as a specific example. It provides a comprehensive survey of events and themes, with insights on how to use that historical detail to write effective essays.

    Coverage includes:

    • The rise of Hitler and the Nazi party through to the end of WWII
    • The conditions that were conducive to the development of an authoritarian state in Germany
    • The measures used to consolidate and maintain power
    • The aims and results of Nazi social, economic, and foreign policies
    • Nazi ideology and the use of propaganda and terror

    Key features:

    • Author guidance on improving exam performance
    • Practice essay questions, with advice on potential approaches
    • ‘Key Historical Perspectives’ to highlight differing interpretations of core issues
    • Margin box definitions of key technical and historical terms
    • Timelines to help visualise and contextualise important events
  • About the Author

    Joe read Modern History at Lincoln College, Oxford and has been teaching for 24 years. Joe has taught IB History for the last 16 years at Malvern College, Worcestershire, England where he oversees its academic life as Director of Studies.

History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Russia 1917–1953 (SL/HL)
£12.00
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  • Author: Joe Gauci | 1 Ed. | ISBN: 9781910689363
  • This Guide focuses on the requirements of IBDP History Paper 2, Topic 10: Authoritarian States, using the emergence and rule of Soviet Russia, under both Lenin and Stalin, as a discrete example. It provides a comprehensive survey of events and themes, with insights on how to use that historical detail to write effective essays.

    Coverage includes:

    • Key developments from the revolutions of 1917 to the death of Stalin in 1953
    • The conditions that led to the emergence of the authoritarian state
    • The measures used to consolidate and maintain power
    • The aims and results of Soviet social, economic, and foreign policies

    Key features:

    • Author guidance on improving exam performance
    • Practice essay questions, with advice on potential approaches
    • ‘Key Historical Perspectives’ to highlight differing interpretations of core issues
    • Margin box definitions of key technical and historical terms
    • Timelines to help visualise and contextualise important events
  • About the Author

    Joe read Modern History at Lincoln College, Oxford and has been teaching for 24 years. Joe has taught IB History for the last 16 years at Malvern College, Worcestershire, England where he oversees its academic life as Director of Studies.

History Paper 3: Europe HL
£19.00
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  • Author: Sam Olofsson | 1 Ed. | ISBN: 9781910689295
  • This Guide aids preparation for IBDP History: Paper 3: Europe, providing a valuable review of 20 key syllabus topics and offering guidance on developing coherent and cohesive essay answers.

    Coverage includes:

    • The origins of the French Revolution
    • Tsarist and communist Russia
    • The aftermath of World War I
    • Italian unification and the rise of Fascism
    • Germany, from Bismarck to the Third Reich
    • The Spanish Civil War
    • The origins of World War II
    • The Cold War

    Key features:

    • 43 essay outlines for typical questions
    • Key point boxes and author’s tips
    • Figures, timelines, and maps to help visualise key events
    • Guidance on answering essay questions and interpreting command terms
    • An overview of the relevance of each chapter to the syllabus
  • About the Author

    Sam Olofsson studied History at Lund University, Sweden and has taught it for the last 20 years at Malmö Borgarskola in Sweden, specialising in IB History since 1993. Sam is particularly interested in teaching methodology and has taught for many years on OSC’s world-class IBDP Revision Courses and the Boston Summer School, which means that he understands what students find challenging when they come to prepare for their exams, and how to advise them to use what they know to maximise their marks. This vital knowledge is distilled into this book.