The first part of the syllabus covers the period 1919 to 1941 and considers the peace treaties after World War One, the League of Nations and what caused World War Two. The depth study for the first module will be on USA 1919-1941. The module will look at issues such as:
- Were the peace treaties after World War One too harsh?
- How did the League of Nations keep world peace without an army?
- What was the effect of the Great Depression?
- Why did Britain and France allow Hitler to take over countries in Europe?
- 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 1948-1989?
- Why did events in the Gulf matter 1970-2000?
- Why did the USA enjoy an economic boom in the 1920s?
- How did life change in USA during the ‘roaring’ 1920s (including gangsters & Prohibition)?
- What caused the Wall St Crash and the Great Depression
- How did USA turn things around and recover during the 1930s?
The exam board will set the topics for this paper. For 2015 they chose the topic: why had
international peace collapsed by 1939. This is a source based exam which will include 6
Nature of assessment
- Paper One consists of structured essay questions: 2 hour exam
- Paper Two is a source-based investigation: 2 hour exam
- Paper Three is a depth study (1 question paper): 1 hour exam