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Resources for AQA Modern World History

For official AQA support materials, specifications and past papers, go to this page on the AQA website.

Unit 1: International relations: Conflict and Peace in the Twentieth Century

  1. Why were there two armed camps in Europe in 1914?
  2. Why did war break out in 1914? (Also see this page)
  3. How did the Treaty of Versailles establish peace? (Also see this page)
  4. Why did the League of Nations fail in its aim to keep peace? (Also see this page)
  5. How did Hitler challenge and exploit the Treaty of Versailles? (Also see this section of the site)
  6. Why did Chamberlain's policy of Appeasement fail to prevent war from breaking out? (Also see this section of the site)
  7. Why did the USA and USSR become rivals between 1945 and 1949? (Also see this section of the site)
  8. How did the Cold War develop between 1949 and 1955? (Also see this section of the site)
  9. How peaceful was Peaceful Co-existence?
  10. How close to war was the world in the 1960's?
  11. Why did Detente collapse in the 1970's and 1980's?
  12. Why did Communism collapse in Central and Eastern Europe?

20th century depth studies

Section A

From Tsardom to Communism: Russia, 1914–1924
Weimar Germany, 1919–1929
The Roaring 20s: USA, 1919–1929

Section B

Stalin’s Dictatorship: USSR, 1924–1941
Hitler’s Germany, 1929–1939
Depression and the New Deal : The USA, 1929–1941
Race Relations in the USA, 1955–1968.
The USA and Vietnam : Failure Abroad and at Home, 1964–1975
Britain: The Challenge in Northern Ireland, 1960–1986
The Middle East, 1956–1979.

Historical Enquiry: British History

  1. The British People in War.
  2. Britain at War.
  3. Britain and the aftermath of War.
  4. The changing role and status of Women since 1900.

Resources for Edexcel Modern World History

For official Edexcel support materials, the specification and past papers, go to this page of the Edexcel website.

Unit 1 Peace and War: International Relations 1900–91

Section 1 Why did war break out? International rivalry 1900–14.
Section 2 The peace settlement: 1918–28. (Also see this page)
Section 3 Why did war break out? International relations 1929–39.
Section 4 How did the Cold War develop? 1943–56.
Section 5 Three Cold War crises: Berlin, Cuba and Czechoslovakia c1957–69.
Section 6 Why did the Cold War end? The invasion of Afghanistan (1979) to the collapse of the Soviet Union (1991).

Unit 2 Modern World Depth Study

Option 2A Germany 1918–39
Option 2B Russia 1917–39
Option 2C The USA 1919–41

Unit 3 Modern World Source Enquiry

Option 3A War and the transformation of British society c1903–28
Option 3B War and the transformation of British society c1931–51
Option 3C A divided union? The USA 1945–70

Unit 4 Representations of History

Resources for OCR Modern World History

For official OCR support materials, the specification and past papers, go to this page of the OCR website.

Core Content: Aspects of International Relations, 1919–2005

Section A : The Inter-War Years, 1919–1939

Key Question 1: Were the Peace Treaties of 1919–1923 fair?
Key Question 2: To what extent was the League of Nations a success?
Key Question 3: Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?
Key Question 4: Who was to blame for the Cold War?
Key Question 5: Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis?
Key Question 6: Why did the USA fail in Vietnam?
Key Question 7: How secure was the USSR's control over Eastern Europe, 1948 - 1989?
Key Question 8: How effective has terrorism been since 1969?
Key Question 9: What is the significance of the Iraq War?

Part 2: Studies in Depth

Depth Study 11 Germany, 1918–1945
Depth Study 12 Russia, 1905–1941
Depth Study 13 The USA, 1919–1941
Depth Study 14 Mao’s China, c.1930–1976
Depth Study 15 The Causes and Events of the First World War, 1890–1918
Depth Study 16 End of Empire, c.1919–1969
Depth Study 17 The USA, 1945–1975: Land of Freedom?

Part 3: British Depth Study

Key Question: How was British society changed, 1890–1918?
Key Question: How far did British society change, 1939–1975?

Part 4: Historical Enquiry

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