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

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  1. Why did Stalin rather than Trotsky emerge as the leader of the USSR in 1929?

    An essay describing why Stalin rather than Trotsky emerged as the leader of the USSR in 1929. This essay was awarded a 5.
  2. Why did Stalin and not Trotsky become ruler of the USSR?

    Essay on why Stalin and not Trotsky rose to power after Lenin's death.
  3. 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
  4. Was the Bolshevik seizure of power inevitable?

    A discussion of whether the Bolshevik seizure of power was inevitable. This essay was awarded a 5.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Totalitarian Leaders- Hitler and Nasser

    This essay is a comparisson of Hitler and Nasser, two totalitarian leaders from different parts of the world.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The Treaty of Versailles’s Impact on Germany

    An essay discussing the Treaty of Versailles' impact on Germany.
  13. 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
  14. Stalin 5YP

    Authoritarian states
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Sample Essay: Italian Unification

    Essay I wrote under exam conditions in class on Italian unification.
    Question: Why did it take so long to unify Italy?
    Grade: 6
  18. Sample Annotated Bibliography for History Essays

    These are some sample annotated bibliographies to help make your bibliography more in-depth. Annotated bibs are bibliographies with a paragraph explaining the origin and value of the source. Enjoy!
  19. Rise of Stalin and Castro

    An essay comparing the rise to power of Castro and Stalin
  20. Rise of Hitler

    An essay outlining the rise to power of Hitler
  21. Qing Dynasty Flag

    This is the flag of the Qing Dynasty that I extracted from Wikipedia.
  22. Peace After WWII Essay

    Question: “Those who win a war well can rarely make a good peace.” To what extent do you agree with this statement in relation to World War Two?
    Essay socred 13/20
  23. paper 3 specimen

    this is the specimen of 2017 history paper 3
  24. Paper 1 Response: The Arab-Israeli conflict 1945-79

    This was a sample Paper 1 I did in class for our Paper 1 topic, the Arab-Israeli conflict.
    This received 23/25 marks from my teacher.
    I'd probably add more details to the essay if I could do it again, but I didn't want to add anything to it since it was already graded.
  25. Napoleon practice essay

    Done in year 1 of IB, earned a low 6 (internally marked)
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