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

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The Treaty of Versailles’s Impact on Germany

    An essay discussing the Treaty of Versailles' impact on Germany.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Argument that Weimar Republic had chance for survival (chance that Hitler will not take power).

    An essay giving arguments for the chance of survival of the Weimar Republic in that Hitler would not gain power.
  9. Had Russia chance for democracy in 1917?

    An essay discussing whether Russia did have a chance for democracy in 1917. This essay was awarded a 6.
  10. 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.
  11. Was the Bolshevik seizure of power inevitable?

    A discussion of whether the Bolshevik seizure of power was inevitable. This essay was awarded a 5.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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%).
  16. Modern Warfare vs Past warfare

    This is an essay (history) regarding the idea that nature of modern warfare is more like the nature of warfare from the past and examines how history has a tendency to repeat itself from a militaristic perspective. The essay received a level 7.
  17. Civilisation Essay

    This is an essay that points out the mistakes major civilizations have made in the past and how there are three common factors that lead to the destruction of many civilizations. The factors create traps called 'progress traps'. The essay received a level 7.
  18. Rise of Hitler

    An essay outlining the rise to power of Hitler
  19. Rise of Stalin and Castro

    An essay comparing the rise to power of Castro and Stalin
  20. HOW TO ENSURE AT LEAST 14 OUT OF 20 ON AN I.B HISTORY ESSAY PAPER 2 and PAPER 3

    Detailed Guide to writing IB History Paper 2 and 3 Essays
  21. 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
  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. 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
  24. Louis XVI Essay

    Written on the question: To what extent did the actions and policies of Louis XVI cause the outbreak, and affect the course of, the French Revolution until 1793?
    Time limit: 85 minutes
    Grade: 17/20 (7)
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