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Sample essays in IB History that are not past paper questions.

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  1. Rise of Hitler

    An essay outlining the rise to power of Hitler

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  2. Compare and Contrast Hitler's and Stalin's Roads to Power.

    A compare and contrast essay about Hitler's and Stalin's roads to power. This essay was awarded a 6.

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  3. To what extent was the Weimar Republic doomed to fail?

    Topic: To what extent was the Weimar Republic doomed to fail?
    This was used as a take-home paper 2-style exam. It received a perfect score with an American grading scale. Since it's not an exact paper 2, the IB scale is a bit difficult to judge.

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  4. Sample Essay: Rise and Rule of Single-Party States

    Sample essay I wrote in class under exam conditions for the option Rise and Rule of Single-Party States.
    Question: In what ways, and for what reasons, were culture and education controlled by rulers of single-party states?
    This essay earned 15 marks from my teacher.

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  5. 10. Compare and contrast the causes and nature of the two 1917 Russian Revolutions.

    Essay question from May 2010 paper 3. It got 16/20 points (if I recall correctly) from my teacher.

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  6. Compare Mussolini’s and Hitler’s methods in acquiring power in Italy and Germany respectively

    A comparison of Mussolini's and Hitler's methods in acquiring power in Italy and Germany, respectively.

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  7. Evaluate Mussonlini’s rule in Italy between 1922 and 1940.

    An evaluation of Mussolini's rule in Italy between 1922 and 1940. This essay was awarded a 7 (96%).

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  8. The Treaty of Versailles’s Impact on Germany

    An essay discussing the Treaty of Versailles' impact on Germany.

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  9. Rise of Stalin and Castro

    An essay comparing the rise to power of Castro and Stalin

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  10. Sample Essay: Success of Hitler's regime

    Sample essay I wrote in class under exam conditions as part of our Rise and Rule of Single-Party States option.
    Question: How far was the single-party regime in Germany successful by 1940 in achieving its aims?
    Grade: 13 marks.

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  11. Grade 7 Stalin essay

    An essay on Stalin's rule and how he developed the Soviet Union into a major industrial power. This was marked by an actual IB history examiner and received a 7 (16/20)

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  12. Was Stalin's personality much the most important factor in explaining the Great Purges?

    An essay discussing whether Stalin's personality was the most important factor in explaining the Great Purges. This essay was awarded a 6.

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  13. Was the Treaty of Versailles fair with Germany?

    This is an essay for the IB history in which we look at different aspects about the Versailles Treaty and we determine if it was fair with Germany

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  14. The Role of Education in Nazi Germany

    Certainly, one of the most common questions in Paper 2's topic on Totalitarian regimes and single party states refer to the role of education in certain systems. In this essay, there's a clear analysis on the methods used by the Nazi to perpetuate their system based on this aspect. Score: 7

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  15. To what extent do you agree that the Kaiser was responsible for the outbreak of the First World War?

    A discussion of the extent that the Kaiser was responsible for the outbreak of the First World War.

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  16. Explain why the Weimar Republic survived during the 1920s, but collapsed during the 1930s

    An explanation of the reasons as to why the Weimar Republic survived during the 1920s, but collapsed during the 1930s.

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  18. To what extent do you agree that collectivisation was a political success but an economic failure and a human disaster?

    A discussion of the extent that collectivism was a political success, but an economic failure and a human disaster.

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  19. Grade 7 Lenin essay

    A history essay on Lenin.
    Marked by an actual IB examiner which received a 7 (17/20)

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  20. Examine the Causes of WWI (7 essay)

    Essay exploring the causes of WWI
    paragraphs split thematically: Nationalism, Militarism and Alliances
    Essay argues that Nationalism was the most important factor
    Includes Historiography from AJP Taylor

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  21. Bismarck's Domestic Policies

    Written on the question: "Bismarck's domestic policies from 1871-1890 were failures." To what extent do you agree with this statement?
    Time Limit: 60 minutes
    Grade: 15/20 (6)

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  22. Treaty of Versailles Essay

    My essay on the Treaty of Versailles. The question was '“Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace.” Select ¬one peace treaty and, by examining its clauses, explain how the winners treated the losers, and if you agree with the quotation.' Scored 13/20

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  23. To what extent do you agree that reforms of Alexander II were successful?

    An essay describing the extent of the success of the reforms of Alexander II.

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  24. Was the Bolshevik seizure of power inevitable?

    A discussion of whether the Bolshevik seizure of power was inevitable. This essay was awarded a 5.

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  25. How and why was Adolf Hitler officially a Chancellor of Germany on 30th January 1933?

    An essay elaborating upon the reasons as to how and why Adolf Hitler officially became a chancellor on January 30th, 1933. This essay was awarded a 5.

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