So this is my history IA and it was about whether or not the arrival of Commodore Perry in 1853 had more of an impact on the collapse of the Tokugawa Shogunate than the increasing peasant revolts. Keep in mind that this is still old curriculum, but I hope it's helpful. Pre-moderation it got 18/25 (one mark from a 7) and it stayed at 18/25 post-moderation.
This IA got a 7. I don't know what exact mark it received, but it is likely a low 7 (I will update the description if ever I find out). It is not very hard to get a 7 in a history IA as long as you follow the format and criteria as closely as possible. My IA serves as good evidence for this as I did not read or buy a single book in my list of sources, instead just read the previews available on amazon or google books. Here is a more accurate list of sources:
I do not recommend you do the same thing, I simply did this because of time constraints (our teacher only told us about the IA about 2 or 3 months before the final deadline, which is not enough to read 6 books), but I am just telling you this so that you don't despair.
Title: Stalin's Policies and the Korean War - A Study of Change
Research question: Why did Stalin’s policy on a Korean War change from 24 September 1949 to 30 January 1950?
Marks: 22 / 25
If you find anything wrong or unclear in this IA, feel free to send a message to me.
I don't know what happened with this HI, it was moderated down from 23 to 16. However, this still was a 16, so I'd say it can be useful. The topic was: To what extent is the claim that Al Capone’s outfit was responsible for the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre justified?
My HL History IA. The topic was "Why did the Russians refuse to help the Polish Underground's uprising against the Nazis in 1944?." I don't know for sure what this got, but it earned a 22/25 pre-moderation and I earned a 6 overall. I'll edit that later if I learn anything. So I think it's fine for use.
Pretty bad work by my standards, largely because it was done mostly in first-year; and as History was an anticipated subject for me that was Year 10, when I didn't know much about IB, or in general. Still got a 7 in the end, though. I don't have a copy of the full marksheet, unfortunately, so I don't know where the marks were lost. Pre-moderated score was 23, got 20 after moderation - don't think it was one of the samples sent out, though. If you're doing your IA on a similar topic, don't put too much faith in a lot of the references used - most were just flicked through.
This was my History IA on "Did Mahatma Gandhi's movements of Non Cooperation and Civil Disobedience follow his principle of non-violence (ahimsa) or was it a cover for the underlying violence?"
This essay got me a 23/25 on its final draft and the IB concurred that assessment. It was a 7.
How did the image conveyed by the Communist Party of an emancipated, strong, independent Bolshevik woman contrast with reality between 1921 and 1939 in the Soviet Union?
Written by Liina Kujala
Grade awarded: 7