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

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  1. 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.
  2. Kaiser Wilhelm's Foreign Policy and Its Contribution to WWI

    This is one of my history essays on Europe and World War I. It should help as a sample for history essay. Plus it has histriography and certain points, thus making it helpful as a study material.
  3. 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)
  4. Grade 7 Lenin essay

    A history essay on Lenin.
    Marked by an actual IB examiner which received a 7 (17/20)
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Fourteen Points Failure

    An Essay on the reasons for the failure of Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points
  9. Totalitarian Leaders- Hitler and Nasser

    This essay is a comparisson of Hitler and Nasser, two totalitarian leaders from different parts of the world.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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)
  14. 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)
  15. 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)
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Rise of Stalin and Castro

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

    An essay outlining the rise to power of Hitler
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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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