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

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  1. History Paper 2 - Mao

    This essay got a level 6. 

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. sample essay on alliance systems

    essay + all the sources i used !! very helpful for IB and it got a level six 

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  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.

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  8. 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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  10. Rise of Hitler

    An essay outlining the rise to power of Hitler

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  11. 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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  12. Rise of Stalin and Castro

    An essay comparing the rise to power of Castro and Stalin

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  13. The Treaty of Versailles’s Impact on Germany

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

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Essay on militarism as a cause of WW1

    Militarism as a cause of WW1 is evaluated

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Mao Rise to Power essay

    This is an internal paper 2 essay on analyzing Mao's rise to power. I got an ib grade 6 for this essay.
    Hope this helped!

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  22. 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.

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  23. 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

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  24. 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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  25. 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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