You will prepare for two exams (Paper 1 and 2), and complete coursework.
Paper 1 - International Relations from 1919
- Who was to blame for the Cold War?
- How effectively did the USA contain the spread of Communism?
- How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948-c.1989?
- Why did events in the Gulf matter, c.1970-2000?
Germany: Depth Study
- The effects of defeat and the Treaty of Versailles on Germany
- The creation of the Weimar Republic and the problems it faced, including the hyperinflation crisis of 1923
- The rise and rise of the Nazi party from 1919
- How Hitler was able to become Chancellor in 1933
- How Hitler turned Germany into a dictatorship
- Life in the Third Reich including wartime
- The persecution of minorities including the Jews and the Holocaust
Paper 2 - Source-based study
This element of the course focuses on an aspect of the 20th century studied for Paper 1. The topic allows a more detailed look at that aspect, and the topic changes with each examination.
Paper 3 - Coursework
We study Russia between 1917 and 1957 focusing on the significance of Stalin:
- The February and October revolutions in 1917
- How the Bolsheviks maintained themselves in power
- The power struggle after Lenin’s death
- Stalin’s Russia and the purges
- Khrushchev’s policy of destalinisation