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History HL Final Exam

Your final exam for your 2-year History HL course will consist of the creation of three documentary-style films which must be submitted by 3:15 pm on the last school day BEFORE your FIRST History External Assessment. Students may work in groups of NO MORE THAN 6. Each documentary must contain both still and moving images (not featuring student acting), On-screen text from primary source documents, narration (student produced), a soundtrack appropriate to the place and time being discussed, and student acting. ALL students must be featured in both narration and acting, all students must be recognizable, and all narration must be intelligible. THE PRIMARY REASON THAT THIS PROJECT IS BEING ASSIGNED IS TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE REVIEWING FOR YOUR EXTERNAL ASSESSMENTS. THEREFORE, YOUR FINAL EXAM SCORE WILL BE CALCULATED USING THE AVERAGE METHOD (same method as last year) THAT ENSURES YOUR OVERALL AVERAGE WILL REMAIN CONSTANT BASED ON YOUR WORK IN THE CLASS THROUOUT THE YEAR. HOWEVER PARTICIPATION IN AND TIMELY SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTARIES IS A REQUIRMENT! A FINAL EXAM SCORE WILL NOT BE CALCULATED AND SUBMITTED UNLESS THE SUBMISSION OCCURS MEETING ALL REQUIREMENTS! ALSO THE COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT WHICH REPRESENTS THE FINAL ROTATION FOR 4th QUARTER WILL BE A WRITTEN REFLECTION OF YOUR ROLE IN THE DOCUMENTARY MAKING PROCESS, HOW IT PREPARED YOU TO TAKE YOUR ASSESSMENTS, AND YOUR OVERALL WORK ETHIC AND PERSONAL GROWTH THROUGHOUT THE 2 YEAR COURSE. THIS REFLECTION ALSO MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ORDER FOR A FINAL EXAM GRADE TO BE CALCULATED AND SUBMITTED, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT IS GOING TO BE SCORED OR NOT BASED ON LOCKED SCORES.

DOCUMENTARY 1 MUST ADDRESS ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

The Great Depression and the Americas 1929 39

• The Great Depression: political and economic causes in the Americas

• Nature and efficacy of solutions in the United States: Hoover; Franklin D Roosevelt and the New Deal; critics of the New Deal

• Canada: Mackenzie King and RB Bennett

• Latin America’s responses to the Depression: either G Vargas or the Concordancia in Argentina; Import

Substitution Industrialization (ISI) or any relevant case study of a Latin American country (I would strongly recommend you choose to include Vargas in Brazil and their approach to ISI).

• Impact of the Great Depression on society: African Americans, women, minorities

• The Great Depression and the arts: photography, the movie industry, the radio, literary currents



The Second World War and the Americas 1933 45

• Hemispheric reactions to the events in Europe: inter-American diplomacy; cooperation and neutrality;

Franklin D Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor policy, its application and effects

• The diplomatic and/or military role of two countries in the Second World War

• Social impact of the Second World War on: African Americans, Native Americans, women and

minorities; conscription

• Treatment of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians

• Reaction to the Holocaust in the Americas

• Impact of technological developments and the beginning of the atomic age

• Economic and diplomatic effects of the Second World War in one country of the Americas



  • treatment of minorities

The Cold War and the Americas 1945 1981

• Truman: containment and its implications for the Americas; the rise of McCarthyism and its effects on

domestic and foreign policies of the United States; the Cold War and its impact on society and culture

• Korean War and the United States and the Americas: reasons for participation; military developments;

diplomatic and political outcomes

• Eisenhower and Dulles: New Look and its application; characteristics and reasons for the policy;

repercussions for the region

• United States’ involvement in Vietnam: the reasons for, and nature of, the involvement at different

stages; domestic effects and the end of the war

• United States’ foreign policies from Kennedy to Carter: the characteristics of, and reasons for, policies;

implications for the region: Kennedy’s Alliance for Progress; Nixon’s covert operations and Chile;

Carter’s quest for human rights and the Panama Canal Treaty

• Cold War in either Canada or one Latin American country: reasons for foreign and domestic policies

and their implementation

DOCUMENTARY 2 MUST INCLUDE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

Wars of the 20th Century

Include the following information for EACH conflict studied

Different types and nature of 20th century warfare

• Civil


• Guerrilla

• Limited war, total war


Origins and causes of wars

• Long-term, short-term and immediate causes

• Economic, ideological, political, religious causes
Nature of 20th century wars

• Technological developments, tactics and strategies, air, land and sea

• Home front: economic and social impact (including changes in the role and status of women)

• Resistance and revolutionary movements


Effects and results of wars

• Peace settlements and wars ending without treaties

• Attempts at collective security pre- and post-Second World War

• Political repercussions and territorial changes

• Post-war economic problems

Make sure your documentary discusses EACH of the following conflicts:

• First World War (1914 8)

• Second World War (1939 45)

• Africa: Algerian War (1954 62), Nigerian Civil War (1967 70)

• Americas: Falklands/Malvinas war (1982), Nicaraguan Revolution (1976 9)

• Asia and Oceania: Indo-Pakistan wars (1947 9, 1965, 1971), Chinese Civil War (1927 37 and 1946 9)

• Europe and Middle East: Spanish Civil War (1936 9), Iran–Iraq war (1980 88), Gulf War (1991)

The origins and development of authoritarian and single-party states

Make sure you include the following information for each regime:



Origins and nature of authoritarian and single-party states
• Conditions that produced authoritarian and single-party states

• Emergence of leaders: aims, ideology, support

• Totalitarianism: the aim and the extent to which it was achieved
Establishment of authoritarian and single party states
• Methods: force, legal

Form of government, (left- and right-wing) ideology

• Nature, extent and treatment of opposition

Domestic policies and impact
• Structure and organization of government and administration

• Political, economic, social and religious policies

• Role of education, the arts, the media, propaganda

Status of women, treatment of religious groups and minorities

Make sure your documentary discusses EACH of the following regimes:

• Africa: Kenya—Kenyatta; Tanzania—Nyerere

• Americas: Argentina—Perón; Cuba—Castro

• Asia and Oceania: China—Mao; Indonesia—Sukarno

• Europe and the Middle East: Germany—Hitler; USSR—Stalin; Egypt—Nasser

Documentary 3 must include the following information relating to the prescribed subject:

Arab-Israeli Conflict

• Last years of the British Mandate; UNSCOP partition plan and the outbreak of civil war

• British withdrawal; establishment of Israel; Arab response and 1948/49 war

• Demographic shifts: the Palestinian diaspora 1947 onwards; Jewish immigration and the economic development of the Israeli state

• Suez Crisis of 1956: role of Britain, France, the United States, the USSR, Israel and the UNO

Arabism and Zionism; emergence of the PLO

• Six Day War of 1967 and the October War of 1973: causes, course and consequences

• Role of the United States, USSR and UNO



• Camp David and the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Agreement.


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