History for the International Baccalaureate Diploma

History is more than the study of the past. It is the process of recording, reconstructing and interpreting the past through the investigation of a variety of sources. It is a discipline that gives people an understanding of themselves and others in relation to the world, both past and present.

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

Course ContentEdit

Whichever route is selected the course provides both structure and flexibility, fostering an understanding of major historical events in a global context. It requires students to make comparisons between similar and dissimilar solutions to common human situations, whether they be political, economic or social. It invites comparisons between, but not judgments of, different cultures, political systems and national traditions.

Route 1Edit

William II of Normandy was to begin the hundred years of war between England and France with his victory at the Battle of Hastings.

Route 1 explores the main developments in the history of Europe and the Islamic world (from 500 to 1570).

History of Europe and the Islamic world — Prescribed SubjectsEdit

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) The Origins and Rise of Islam c500–661

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) The Kingdom of Sicily 1130–1302

History of Europe and the Islamic World — TopicsEdit

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Dynasties and Rulers

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Society and Economy

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Wars and Warfare

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Intellectual, Cultural, and Artistic Developments

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Religion and the State

Higher Level Options (3 of the following)Edit

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Christianity c500-1300

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) The Fatimids 909-1171

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Monarchies in England and France 1066-1223

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) The Crusades 1095-1291

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) The Mongols 1200-1405

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Muslim, Christian and Jewish Interactions in Spain, 711-1492

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Emperors and Kings 1150-1300

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Late Medieval Political Crises 1300-1485

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) 14th Century Famine, Pestilence and Social Change

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) The Ottomans 1281-1566

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Renaissance Government and Society in Italy 1300-1500

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) New Horizons: Exploration 1400-1550


Route 2Edit

Route 2 encompasses the main developments in the 20th century world history.

20th Century World History — Prescribed SubjectsEdit

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Peacemaking, Peacekeeping—International Relations 1918–36

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) The Arab–Israeli Conflict 1945–79

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Communism in Crisis 1976–89

20th Century World History — TopicsEdit

Development stage: 30% (as of 12 November 2013) Causes, Practices, and Effects of Wars

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Democratic states—Challenges and Responses

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Origins and Development of Authoritarian and Single-Party States

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Nationalist and Independence Movements in Africa and Asia, and post-1945 Central and Eastern European states

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) The Cold War

Higher Level Options (1 of the following)Edit

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Aspects of History of Africa

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Aspects of History of the Americas

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Aspects of History of Asia and Oceania

Development stage: 00% (as of 9 April 2013) Aspects of History of Europe and the Middle East


AssessmentEdit

Useful LinksEdit

ContributingEdit

For those interested in contributing towards this book, Route 1 is very much unexplored and it is recommended. Sections under Route 2 are planned.


Last modified on 20 April 2014, at 21:49