Communism VS Capitalism.

Last class, we read about the two opposing ideologies that Stalin and Roosevelt first, followed by Truman represented. 

We shall watch this video in our next class to throw some more light into these ideologies.



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On Brexit.



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Source Analysis on the outbreak of the Cold War.

Hi Everyone!

We shall take advantage of our new topic this year to do some “serious” source analysis. 😉

As we’ve discussed already, this year’s international exam will have a paper on Source Analysis and the topic will be related to the Cold War. It’s therefore very important for us to look into as many sources on the Cold War as possible.

Here they go!

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Why did WW1 begin?

We are now about to plunge into one of the main topics of this year:


No historical event is the result of only ONE  cause, that is why we shall be considering the main causes.

In this post we will collect different types of material related to the causes of WW1. 

We shall start by watching a Kahn Academy video on the Empires before WW1. 

Empires before World War I: Austria-Hungary. Ottoman empire. British, German, French and Russian empires.

Watch the video and analyse the following points: 

1. Why might the study of WW1 be different for us today according to the historian?

2. What is the connection between land boundaries and linguistic boundaries in Europe now?

3. Write down 3 geographic differences between the map TODAY and at the beginning of the 20th Century?

4. Was Serbia part of the Austro Hungarian Empire?

5. Which are the empires mentioned in the video?

6. What did the British Empire control?

7. Which Empires cmpeted for power before WW1? 

8. Write the name of at least 4 ethnic groups inside the Austro -Hungarian Empire. 


Go on with the situation of Germany and Italy.

Watch the video and answer the following questions: 

  1. When did Germany and Italy become unified?
  2. List Germany’s colonies.
  3. List Italy’s colonies. 

Now, let’s move on!

We are now familiar with the Empires at the beginning of the XXth Century and with their strengths and weaknesses. 

We will now take a look at the system of alliances. The following video will throw some light on the alliance system. 

  • Watch the video and answer the questions which follow:
  1. Which cause does the historian in the video analyse in full?
  2. Which other causes are mentioned in the lecture?
  3. How old was the German Empire when the Dual Alliance Treaty was signed?
  4. Why were the Germans paranoid in 1879 according to the lecture? What is the term used to refer to that “fear” the Germans had?
  5. Which countries formed the Triple Entente? Which the Triple Alliance?
  6. What was peculiar about Italy’s role in the war?

It’s time to look into the short term causes of WW1. For the short term causes you will work on a doc named “Short Term Causes WW1”. 

In that doc you will collect info and answer questions on specific topics as regards:

1. The First Moroccan Crisis.

2. The Second Moroccan Crisis.

3. The Naval and Arms Race.

4. The Balkans Crisis. 

5. The Murder at Sarajevo.

To round up the causes of WW1, you will work on the creation of a Lino where you will include a description of the causes of WW1. Apart from the description, you should also include your analysis on the importance of each of the causes included.

DUE DATE: April 19th

A final bonus, watch this final video to see how everything we’ve been discussing finally falls into place, unfortunately for war to start.

WW1 Begins.


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Welcome to our senior History year!

To start our class, let’s have a glance at the AS History exam. This year we shall put together the work we did in Senior 4 and work on the skills necessary for this new challenge. 

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History in Senior 1: Welcome!


Hello Everyone!

We are in for a year of hard work and, hopefully, new and interesting challenges!

The subject we will be studying together is History, world History. Senior 1 is the first year of a three-year preparation for IGCSE that is the international exam you will be sitting for in Senior 3.

Our course will have 4 periods a week. For each class you will be expected to bring your History book and an A4 folder with 2 divisions: 1) Recalling Historical Data AND 2) Graded Work. At the same time, you will need a category in your blog that will be “History” and a subcategory within that category that will be “Essay Writing”.

You have until the end of March to get you material and blog ready. I will bechecking everything by then.

Tests as well as blog assignments and paper assignments will be posted in the class Calendar.

Let’s start right away! Below I have shared a Ted Talk with which I would like to start our lessons this year.



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Welcome Back Senior 3!

Dear All,

This is your exam year and as such we shall be doing a lot of hard work on the last topics to be dealt with and then on a great revision and exam practice.

Here’s what the History IGCSE looks like at a glance:

Paper 1: Core Content (2 hours)

Paper 2: Source Analysis (2 hours)

Candidates answer six questions on either the prescribed topic from the Core Content in Option A or the prescribed topic from the Core Content in Option B. Each option includes a range of source material relating to the prescribed topic, and the six questions are based on the source material provided. In our case, you’ll answer on Option B.

This is the topic for 2017:

How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948–c.1989? (November examination)

Paper 4: Depth Studies (1 hour)

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The Outbreak of the Cold War.

Who could have imagined that shortly after WW2 ended and Hitler was finally defeated a new and different kind of war would start?

Our first topic this year is the causes of the Cold War. Can you think of any long term causes?

Many historians find some of the short term causes of the Cold War in the development of WW2 itself.

Let’s watch the following presentation together and see if we agree.

Watch the following videos and as you watch take down notes of the relevant informatios they preovide as well as of any questions or unclear points you come across. 

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Período de Orientación y Evaluación – Diciembre 2016/Febrero 2017 Senior 5

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Período de Orientación y Evaluación – Diciembre 2016/Febrero 2017 Senior 4

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