What are the characteristics of different political ideologies?
What are internal and external sources of political change?
How do historical and environmental influences guide ideological choices?
How have history, ideology, and interaction(s) shaped modern societies?
How does the Cold Warcontinue to shape international relationships?
Which concepts are essential for understanding 20th century political systems?
How does historiography impact interpretations of history (SPS, Cold War…)?
Eastern Europe at the time of the Russian (Soviet) withdrawal from World War I
Unit 1 Outline:
IB World History Y2
Introduction & Structures: Ideologies, States & Governments, Concepts & Theory
Unit 1 sets the structure for the course and introduces terms, concepts and vocabulary that will be used throughout. In addition to assessing your prior knowledge of 20th century World History, and an introduction major schools of historiography, this Unit includes a review of the underlying assumptions regarding:
development of Marxist and Socialist ideologies,
historical contexts of Communist (Bolshevik) & Nationalist revolutions
global conflicts within the Cold War (1945-1989)
Structure and Content
20th Century chronology and Global Overview. . . Why the Cold War?
Introduction to the IB structure: IAs, Paper1, Paper2s, and Paper 3s
Standard Level vs. Higher Level
Prescribed Subject: Communism in Crisis (Paper 1)
Topics: Authoritarian States (Paper 2/T3) & Cold War (Paper 2/T5) Additional - Nationalist/Independence Movements in E. Europe (P2/T4),
Current Events - Syrian Civil War, Ukraine vs. Russia
foreign policy as a means of maintaining the regime
impact of regime outside the state as a factor in the Cold War
Material for detailed Study
Russia: Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin
China: Mao Zedong
2014 Paper 2 – Topic 3 Qs:
“The rise to power of authoritarian or single-party leaders was the result of the failure of existing regimes to address the economic problems of the population.” With reference to TWO leaders, each chosen from a different region, to what extent do you agree with this statement?
Identify the nature and extent of opposition to ONE authoritarian or single-party ruler AND assess the methods used to deal with the opposition.
Compare and contrast the economic and social policies of Mao and Stalin.
Examine the successes and failures of EITHER Perón OR Castro as a leader of an authoritarian or single party state.
Analyze EITHER the changing status of women OR the treatment of religious groups in TWO authoritarian or single-party states, each chosen from a different region.
Required Readings /Works Cited (Chicago Style)
Caryl, Christian. “Prologue: The Great Backlash.”In Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century, ix-xv. New York: Basic Books, Peruses Book Group, 2013.
Diamond, Larry. “A Report Card on Democracy.” Hoover Digest, No. 3. July 30, 2000. Accessed September 2012 from http://www.hoover.org/publications/hoover-digest/article/7310 Lenin, Vladimir I. “On War and Revolution 1917.” Excerpt in Worlds of History, A Comparative Reader, Vol 2. ed. Kevin Reilly, New York: Bedford/St Martins Press, 2007, pp. 378-381
Lewis, Ben. Chpt 1 – Laughter Under Lenin. In Hammer and Tickle, The Story of Communism, a Political System Almost Laughed Out of Existence. New York: Pegasus Books, pp.22-31
Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engles. The Communist Manifesto. (excerpt) London: 1848 / 1890 ed Accessed June 2013 from http://www.anu.edu.au/polsci/marx/classics/manifesto.html
Meacham, Jon. “Conflict from Gaza to Ukraine, the Effects of WW 1 Persist” Time Magazine (Print) July 24, 2014.
O’Neil, Patrick Chpt 4 – Political Ideology. In Essentials of Comparative Politics. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2007, pp. 231-247.
Todd, Allen. Ideologies - Communism vs. Capitalism from History for the IB Diploma-The Cold War. London: Cambridge University Press, 2011