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

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. Napoleon III and Italy

    Written on the question: Evaluate this statement: Without the interventionist foreign policy of Napoleon III, the unification of Italy would not be possible.
    Time Limit: 70 minutes
    Grade: 13/20 (6)
  5. 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)
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Rise of Stalin and Castro

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

    An essay outlining the rise to power of Hitler
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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%).
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Was the Bolshevik seizure of power inevitable?

    A discussion of whether the Bolshevik seizure of power was inevitable. This essay was awarded a 5.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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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