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History IB at The Royal Harbour Academy

Course description

We live in an increasingly globalized world and events in a completely different region will impact upon our lives significantly. As world citizens we need to be informed and unprejudiced. History at RHA aims to provide students with a broad knowledge and understanding of events of the 20th century with a particular emphasis upon developments in Russia and China – two superpowers that continue to have a major political and economic relevance. Students will have a fascinating opportunity to study very recent History that is, in many ways, still being written.

We intend, by the end of the course, to have furnished students with a clear understanding of the origins and complexities of contemporary world politics within a wider framework. Students will be encouraged to think in a global context rather than seeing History from a solely Euro-centric viewpoint. They will be challenged to examine a variety of attitudes and perspectives to understand how cultural and geopolitical factors impact upon Historical enquiry.

Course content


Paper 1: Arab – Israeli Conflict 1945 - 79

This section of the course focuses on the issues and troubles in the Middle East, examining each topic through a range of source materials.

Paper 2: 20th Century World History Topics

Topic 3 – Origins and Development of Authoritarian and Single Party States

Topics will include Hitler and Stalin in Europe, Mao in China and Castro in Cuba.


Topic 5 – The Cold War

This will examine the origins, nature and developments of the Cold War, and as part of the study of two different regions we will be examining the impact of Communist China and the USA, and events such as the Arms race and Vietnam war.


Historical Investigation

A 2,000 word essay on a topic of the students’ choice.

This is a great opportunity for students to explore their own interests, either within a familiar topic or a totally new one.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 07 December 2016

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