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The other worksheets in this short unit can be collated together as a printable pack if desired. This cover sheet establishes the relevance of the topic.
The horrifying human impact of the League's failure in Manchuria in particular is highlighted in this disturbing slideshow. I only use this at IB level. Please reach your own judgement as to whether it is appropriate for your own students.
Roleplay: The Manchurian and Abyssinian Crises
This roleplay exercise is a good way of getting students thinking about the possible courses of action open to the League. The teacher should be prepared to explain to the students what was actually decided in terms of the Lytton Report (re. Manchuria) and the Hoare-Laval Pact (re. Abyssinia).
Cartoon Analysis: Manchuria and Abyssinia [interactive]
Students consolidate their knowledge by analysing a series of political cartoons relating to the Manchurian and Abyssinian Crises.
Communism and Fascism
This worksheet can be completed at any point during this unit. It provides students with a useful understanding of the differences between communism and fascism at just the point that these two ideologies start to get mentioned frequently.
The Historiography of World War Two: Was Hitler a Gambler, or a Planner, in Foreign Affairs?
The AJP Taylor debate is explained here clearly, with discussion points attached and reference made to other historians who have contributed to the debate. I use this at IB level rather than IGCSE, although it could be a good extension activity for more able IGCSE students.
Overview of Hitler's Foreign Policy
A topological map and a note-taking framework that should be used in conjunction with textbooks and / or videos.
Detailed Analysis of Hitler's Foreign Policy`
A thorough breakdown of Hitler's policies between 1933-39, broken up with discussion points and questions. I produced this after I felt that the textbooks did not cover the subject sufficiently clearly. This worksheet can be used to accompany the pack.
The Nazi-Soviet Pact
Why did the communists and the Nazis become allies?
Diagram Task: Events in the 1930s
This task can be attempted at any point during this part of the unit, and would be an ideal homework activity. Students produce a series of diagrams illustrating the changing shape of international relations during the 1930s through the assistance of a detailed timeline.
WHAT Caused World War Two? - Flowchart Task
Students are presented with a skeleton flowchart outlining 6 main causes of World War Two. Their job is to connect the factors together meaningfully and then translate this into a written piece.
WHO Caused World War Two? - Debate Task
The class is divided into various groups, each of which has the task of producing prosecution questions against one country, and defence replies for another. A thorough way of rounding off the unit and looking at the evidence from a fresh perspective.
Structured Questions for IGCSE
Provide students with this detailed list of possible questions to revise from as a homework, then set one of them as a practice question in timed conditions.
Essay Task on the Origins of World War Two - IB / A-Level
A more advanced question for students beyond GCSE.
What Caused World War Two? [interactive]
An interactive guide which will also develop essay writing skills
"Who Am I?" Challenge - International Relations in the 1930s
Each team will be presented with a clue about a key historical figure. They get 50 points if they guess it correctly. If they wish to 'pass', they get further (easier) clues but the points available steadily decline. An incorrect guess at any point means they get zero points for that round. You can play as many rounds as you wish. It's a great way to revise!
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1. World War Two Multimedia History by Laurence Rees
2. Fantastic Starter Image for study of the Wall St. Crash
3. Rare Library of Congress colour photographs of the Great Depression | Mail Online
In the bleak light of the Depression: Rare colour photographs of the era that defined a generation4. A Photo Essay on the Great Depression
5. Peace and War in the 20th Century: Fantastic site for #historyteacher (RT @russeltarr)
6. Interview with Gen. Goering 5/4/37
7. Interview with Dr. Schacht 5/5/37
8. Interview with Hitler 5/4/37 on his foreign policy - great source!
9. The Origins of the Second World War - Ruth Henig
10. League of Nations - Everything on League of Nations
11. GCSE History: International Relations, 1929-39
Events (100 years ago today): 1917 - The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
Births (150 years ago today): 1867 - Carl Laemmle, German-born American film producer, co-founded Universal Studios (d. 1939)
Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - M. G. Ramachandran, Indian actor, director, and politician, 5th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (d. 1987)
Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Richard Hawley, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
Deaths (400 years ago today): 1617 - Fausto Veranzio, Croatian bishop and lexicographer (b. 1551)
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What is Politics? Why are so many people not interested in it and why is this worrying?
Communism and Fascism: Whats the difference?
Design your ideal state
LBJ and the Great Society
Hexagons Activity: Impact of the Industrial Revolution
Sourcework Exercise: The Sharpeville Massacre Teacher model answers
50 Essential Songs for the History Classroom
Sourcework Exercise: The Sharpeville Massacre
Model answers for sourcework exercise on rise of Apartheid
Slave Trade Simulation: Updated and improved
Model Essay Compare and contrast the role of ideology in causing two 20th-century wars, each chosen from a different region
Model Essay What were the most frequent causes of 20th-century wars?
Vietnam veteran John Kerrys statement at the Senate hearings of 1971
Why, and with what degree of justification, did Nixon refuse to immediately withdraw from Vietnam?
Compare and contrast the policy of Johnson and Nixon with regard to Vietnam