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IB History Year 1

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Guiding Questions - Ch. 17 Collapse & End

 1. What 2 things made Gorbachev (Gorb.) unique among recent Soviet leaders?

2. What are perestroika & glasnost?

3. Why did Gorb. favor arms control?

4. How is the "Reagan Victory School" in opposition to the principle of detente?

5. OPINION: Who was more responsible for the end of the Cold War: Reagan or Gorb.? Why?

6. How might containment & detente contributed to the end of the CW?

7. Why did nationalism increase in 1980s Eastern Europe?

8. Study the map on pg. 214. What do you notice?

9. What was Solidarity?

10. Trace the events that led to German reunification.

11. Why was the Czechoslovakian (Czech) transition called the "Velvet Revolution"?

12. How were Romanian events different from the Czech experience?

13. Study the map on pg. 218. What do you see?

14. How did reception of Gorb.'s ideas differ at home & abroad?

15. Which countries remained communist?

16. How did perceptions of the "Third World" change?


Chapter 16 Guiding Questions:

Key Terms to Define:

Iron Curtain (review)                           jihad                                        satellite states

Carter Doctrine (p. 206)                      mujahedin (p. 205-206)                       Cominform                             

 Guiding Questions:

  1. ***Study the maps on pages 196 and 205***
  2. How did the USSR use satellite states?
  3. What were the effects of the 1948 split between the USSR & Yugoslavia?
  4. Why were the 1953 East German riots significant?
  5. Are Khrushchev’s actions in Poland, Hungary, & Yugoslavia consistent? Why or why not? (more of an opinion essay question – don’t have to answer, but do consider)
  6. What was the US response to the Hungarian Uprising?
  7. What was the Prague Spring and what were its effects?
  8. What was the Brezhnev Doctrine?
  9. How were international relations affected by the Czech invasion?
  10. Who is Lech Walesa and what is Solidarity?
  11. How did the late ‘70s and early ‘80s affect détente?
  12. Afghanistan:
    1. Why did the Soviets replace Amin?
    2. When did Afghanistan tensions rise?
    3. Why did the USSR invade?
    4. How did the US perceive the invasion?
    5. What role did the US play in Afghanistan?
    6. When and why did the Soviets leave?
    7. How did the Afghanistan conflict contribute to the start of a second Cold War in the early 1980s?

Welcome to IB History Year 1!  On this page you will find the syllabus, introduction letter, and supply list.  Please continue to check back as materials will be added as the course goes on. This year, my co-teacher will be Ms. Susan Boen, who will focus on developing students' academic reading and writing skills.

This course focuses on 20th Century history with a particular focus on the development of democratic states (specifically, Germany, India, the US, and South Africa) and the Cold War. In addition, we spend additional time considering protest movements in the US and South Africa from the 1940s-1960s. Finally, we will also do a dry run of the Internal Assessment research paper that students are required to complete in IB History Year 2. 


Advice from Past Students...

Below is the top advice given to students in IB History from students who have studied it with me before:

1. Take lots of notes & actually study them. Learn to take notes correctly.

2. Read everything. Re-read it sometimes.

3. Don't slack off - it will come back to haunt you later.

4. Pay attention and actually listen.

5. Be on time to class and do your assignments on time. Ms. B's really understanding so ask ahead of time if you need an extension.

6. Do all the homework - it will really help even if it seems boring at first.

7. If you're cool, Ms. B will be cool.

8. Participate in discussions.

9. Focus on learning and you'll get a good grade (don't just worry about the grade).

10. Ask for help if you need it. Even if you don't need help, ask questions.

11. Have fun, but also know when to get serious.

12. YouTube can help clarify important events.

13. If you try and do everything you're supposed to you'll probably get an A or B in the class.