History Study & Revision Guides

 

NEW! We're excited to bring you several new titles in our History range.

At the beginning of 2017 we released Sam Olofsson's History Paper 2: The Cold War and History Paper 3: Europe along with Joe Gauci's History Paper 1: The Move to Global War.

Since then, Joe has been hard at work to bring us History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Germany 1918–1945 and History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Russia 1917–1953 in time for the May IBDP exams.

Sam and Joe are both excellent teachers in top IB schools and on OSC's courses, who have condensed years of experience in review and exam techniques into their books. With a brand new layout inside, we hope that these guides will be really useful for those who are preparing for their exams.

We look forward to publishing further titles in the series, so contact us if you would like to be notified when new books are available to order.

The four additional "Route 2" revision guides below are only valid until the 2016 exams, which have now passed. However, as some of the content may still be useful we are continuing to make them available – but please check their suitability with your teacher first.

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History Paper 1: The Move to Global War (SL/HL) - NEW FOR 2017
£18.50
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  • ISBN: 9781910689318 | Edition: 1 | Publisher: OSC Publishing
  • Written By: Joe Gauci
  • This revision guide provides a clear description of the course content for the IBDP History syllabus Paper 1, covering all the required topics within the prescribed subject: the Move to Global War. To help you get the best preparation for your exam, the guide starts with advice on how to approach each of the four types of Paper 1 questions. In addition, throughout the guide there are plenty of practice question opportunities and technical tips for answering Paper 1-style questions. It also features key terms and explanations, and at the end of each case study, provides you with suggested points that could be made to secure full marks in answering those exam questions.

  • 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) - NEW FOR 2017
£18.00
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  • ISBN: 9781910689301 | Edition: 1 | Publisher: OSC Publishing
  • Written By: Sam Olofsson
  • Specifically designed for the new IBDP History syllabus, this guide covers material relating to Topic 12: The Cold War: Superpower Tensions and Rivalries. While primarily aimed at helping students prepare for the Cold War questions in Paper 2, it will also be useful in preparing for Paper 3. Offering up the historical context within each of the topics as well as guidance on how to structure essays, this guide equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully tackle their exams.

    The book has been written with the DP History course requirements and assessment criteria in mind, and includes:

    •    22 essay outlines on typical questions on the key syllabus topics
    •    Key point boxes, author’s tips and figures to maximise learning.

  • 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: Route 2: Communism in Crisis 1976-89 (SL/HL)
£18.00
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  • ISBN: 978-1-907374-02-9 | Edition: 1 | Publisher: OSC Publishing
  • Written By: Joe Gauci
  • We are currently updating our guides for the new 2016 syllabuses and this book is no longer completely up to date. However, as some of the content may still be useful we are continuing to sell it. The new guide will appear on this page as soon as it is ready.

    This book covers Prescribed Subject 3: Communism in Crisis 1976-89, for History HL/SL Paper 1. Paper 1 is assessed by means of questions set on a series of sources. This guide provides a set of detailed and very clear notes organised around the topic areas included in the IBDP syllabus. The bullet-points in the IBDP syllabus have been used as the main heading in this book, on topics such as China under Deng Xiaoping, the aims and policies of Gorbachev, and the revolutions of 1989 in Poland, Czechoslovakia and East Germany. Following the notes, 2 sets of practice source questions are included; 1 set with suggestions for answers, a second without answers for students to have a go at. Advice on improving technique in answering the different types of source-based questions is given.

  • 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: Route 2: Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, International Relations 1918-36 (SL/HL)
£19.50
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  • ISBN: 978-1-907374-00-5 | Edition: 1 | Publisher: OSC Publishing
  • Written By: Joe Gauci
  • We are currently updating our guides for the new 2016 syllabuses and this book is no longer completely up to date. However, as some of the content may still be useful we are continuing to sell it. The new guide will appear on this page as soon as it is ready.

    This book covers Prescribed Subject 1: Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and International Relations, 1918-36, for History HL/SL Paper 1. Paper 1 is assessed by means of questions set on a series of sources. This guide provides a set of detailed and very clear notes organised around the topic areas included in the IBDP syllabus. The bullet-points in the IBDP syllabus have been used as the main headings in this book, on topics such as the aims of the peacemakers at Paris in 1919, the League of Nations, and threats to international peace in the early/mid-1930s. Following the notes, 2 sets of practice source questions are included; 1 set with suggestions for answers, a second without answers for students to have a go at. Advice on improving technique in answering the different types of source-based questions is given

  • 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: Route 2: The Arab-Israeli Conflict 1945-79 (SL/HL)
£18.00
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  • ISBN: 978-1-907374-01-2 | Edition: 1 | Publisher: OSC Publishing
  • Written By: Joe Gauci
  • We are currently updating our guides for the new 2016 syllabuses and this book is no longer completely up to date. However, as some of the content may still be useful we are continuing to sell it. The new guide will appear on this page as soon as it is ready.

    This book covers Prescribed Subject 2: The Arab-Israeli Conflict 1945-79, for History HL/SL Paper 1. Paper 1 is assessed by means of questions set on a series of sources. This guide provides a set of detailed and very clear notes organised around the topic areas included in the IBDP syllabus. The bullet-points in the IBDP syllabus have been used as the main heading in this book, on topics such as the last years of the British Mandate, the 1948-49 Arab-Israeli War, the Suez Crisis of 1956, and Camp David and the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Agreement. Following the notes, 2 sets of practice source questions are included; 1 set with suggestions for answers, a second without answers for students to have a go at. Advice on improving technique in answering the differnt types of source-based questions is given.

  • 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: Route 2: Aspects of the History of Europe and the Middle East 1750-2000 (SL/HL)
£19.50
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  • ISBN: 978-1-907374-09-8 | Edition: 1 | Publisher: OSC Publishing
  • Written By: Sam Olofsson
  • We are currently updating our guides for the new 2016 syllabuses and this book is no longer completely up to date. However, as some of the content may still be useful we are continuing to sell it. The new guide will appear on this page as soon as it is ready.

    This guide provides valuable summaries for Route 2, Papers 2 and 3 of 18 key topics from the syllabus as well as essay outlines related to these topics. While primarily aimed at helping prepare students for Paper 3, the guide will also be useful in preparing for Paper 2. The book covers the key points of the topics that appear most frequently in IBDP exams with an additional 46 essay outlines on typical questions on the 18 key topics from the syllabus. The guide offers both the historical background to each of the topics and a method used to provide special training in how to structure essays. This method has been used by many IBDP-candidates over the years and has proved very effective. The idea is that the candidate must know the context or main points of a historical topic together with the actual events, and with this knowledge, facts and structures needed for an essay will be easier to handle.

  • 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) - NEW FOR 2017
£12.00
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  • ISBN: 9781910689233 | Edition: 1 | Publisher: OSC Publishing
  • Written By: Joe Gauci
  • This Guide is designed to help you prepare for History, Paper 2, World History Topic 10: Authoritarian States, SL and HL, using the emergence and rule of Nazi Germany (1918–1945) as a discrete example. It provides:

    • A clear structure to mirror the syllabus
    • Essential facts and examples
    • Author guidance on the requirements to obtain top marks
    • ‘Key Historical Perspectives’ sections that explain differing interpretations of core issues
    • Margin box definitions of key technical and historical terms
    • Timelines to map and contextualise important events
    • Sample essay questions to boost recall and essay-writing skills.
  • 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) - NEW FOR 2017
£12.00
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  • ISBN: 9781910689363 | Edition: 1 | Publisher: OSC Publishing
  • Written By: Joe Gauci
  • This Guide is designed to help you prepare for History, Paper 2, World History Topic 10: Authoritarian States, SL and HL, using the emergence and rule of Soviet Russia (1917–1953) as a discrete example. It provides:

    • A clear structure to mirror the syllabus
    • Essential facts and examples
    • Author guidance on the requirements to obtain top marks
    • ‘Key Historical Perspectives’ sections that explain differing interpretations of core issues
    • Margin box definitions of key technical and historical terms
    • Timelines to map and contextualise important events

    Sample essay questions to boost recall and essay-writing skills.

  • 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 - NEW FOR 2017
£19.00
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  • ISBN: 9781910689295 | Edition: 1 | Publisher: OSC Publishing
  • Written By: Sam Olofsson
  • This guide is specifically designed for the new IBDP History syllabus, covering 20 key topics for HL option 3: Europe. While primarily aimed at helping students prepare for Paper 3, it will also be useful in preparing for Paper 2. Offering up the historical context within each of the topics as well as guidance on how to structure essays, this guide equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully tackle the exams. 

    The book has been written with the DP History course requirements and assessment criteria in mind, and includes:

    •    43 essay outlines on typical questions on the 20 key syllabus topics
    •    Key point boxes, author’s tips and figures to maximise learning.

  • 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.