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Use this page as your guide to the best for revision and help with your GCSE & IGCSE history course. Of the many GCSE/IGCSE revision sites on the web, these are amongst the most useful. Here they are, in one easy to find place!

 
 1. Modern World History Revision Topics

World War 1 | International Relations 1919–39 | Germany 1918 - 1939 |  Russia/USSR 1905 - 1941 | USA 1919-1939 | China | The Cold War | Britain 1905 - 1951 | Northern Ireland  

2. Schools History Project Revision

Medicine through time | American West | Crime & Punishment | Elizabeth (Also useful to AS students as a summary of the key aspects  Elizabth's reign)

3. Exam Skills
 

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Use this page as your guide to the best for revision and help with your GCSE & IGCSE history course. Of the many GCSE/IGCSE revision sites on the web, these are amongst the most useful. Here they are, in one easy to find place!




 

1. Modern World History Revision Topics
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Those marked ***** are also suitable for general IB/AS revision



 World War 1
  • World War One and Two (BBC Bitesize) Causes of World War One, Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations, Road to World War Two. Activities, videos & tests.
  • World War One: Causes & Course (ActiveHistory) Worksheets, lesson plans, online games and revision quizzes for GCSE / IGCSE Modern World History. Excellent resources for Revision
  • The First World War - also see The British People in War. (Schoolshistory.org) Narrative histories for general reminder of the period and activities.
  • The First World War (1914-1918) (SchoolHistory.co.uk) excellent revision resources including Revision weblinks, Interactive diagrams, Games and quizzes.
  • ******Causes of World War 1 (John D Clare) Examination Topic e-booklets very thoroughly presented for top GCSE/IB level.  Has revision exercises and self-tests (often by examination Board) but is also like an electronic text book with sources, articles as well as narratives. 

 



Peace & War, International Relations, 1919-39

Single Party States
  • *****Emergence of dictatorships in Europe after 1918 A casahistoria netguide, mainly in note form and easy to follow. It should be used in conjunction with your own reading, notes and research from casahistoria weblinks.
  • *****Why Dictatorships? Reasons for the emergence of totalitarianism.  A casahistoria netguide, mainly in note form and easy to follow. It should be used in conjunction with your own reading, notes and research from casahistoria weblinks.

 

Russia/USSR, 1900-41
  • Russia/USSR 1905 - 1941 (BBC Bitesize) Revolutions, Bolsheviks, Stalin. Activities, videos & tests.
  • Russia (Schoolshistory.org) Narrative histories for general reminder of the period and activities.
  • Russia / USSR (1917-1953) (SchoolHistory.co.uk) excellent revision resources including Revision weblinks, Interactive diagrams, Games and quizzes.
  •  *****Impact of World war 1 on Russia A casahistoria netguide, mainly in note form and easy to follow. It should be used in conjunction with your own reading, notes and research from casahistoria weblinks.
  • *****Russia 1917-1941 (John D Clare) Examination Topic e-booklets very thoroughly presented for top GCSE/IB level.  Has revision exercises and self-tests (often by examination Board) but is also like an electronic text book with sources, articles as well as narratives.

 

 

Germany, 1919-39
  • Germany 1918 - 1939 (BBC Bitesize) Weimar, Nazis. Activities, videos & tests.
  • (ActiveHistory) Worksheets, lesson plans, online games and revision quizzes for GCSE / IGCSE Modern World History. Excellent resources for Revision:
  • Germany 1919 - 1939 (Schoolshistory.org) Narrative histories for general reminder of the period and activities.
  • German History Offline Revision. Detailed and comprehensive revision notes to download and revise from Redruth School.
  • Weimar & Nazi Germany (1919 - 45) (SchoolHistory.co.uk) excellent revision resources including Revision weblinks, Interactive diagrams, Games and quizzes.
  •  Germany 1919-1945  Modern World History GCSE and IGCSE Revision Podcasts designed to help with GCSE and IGCSE history revision.  They can be used to revise for Modern World History courses from all the major exam boards including OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC and CIE (Cambridge International Examinations).  From the Mr Allsop History site.
  • ***** Germany 1919-39 (John D Clare) Examination Topic e-booklets very thoroughly presented for top GCSE/IB level.  Has revision exercises and self-tests (often by examination Board) but is also like an electronic text book with sources, articles as well as narratives.


USA, 1919-41
  • USA 1919 - 1941 (BBC Bitesize) 1920s, 1930s. Activities, videos & tests.
  • USA 1919 - 1941 (Schoolshistory.org) Narrative histories for general reminder of the period and activities.
  • The Wall St. Crash and the Depression (ActiveHistory) Worksheets, lesson plans, online games and revision quizzes for GCSE / IGCSE Modern World History. Excellent resources for Revision
  • Depression & New Deal (1929-41) (SchoolHistory.co.uk) excellent revision resources including Revision weblinks, Interactive diagrams, Games and quizzes.  
  • *****USA 1917-1941 (John D Clare) Examination Topic e-booklets very thoroughly presented for top GCSE/IB level.  Has revision exercises and self-tests (often by examination Board) but is also like an electronic text book with sources, articles as well as narratives.

 

China, 1851-1976

  • *****From Revison.notes.uk: Sets of brief notes on key events.
    • 1851 - 1864 Chinese History between 1851 and 1864 including the Taiping Revolution
    • 1898 - 1927 Chinese History from the Boxer risings to the end of the Warlord Era
    • 1927 - 1949 Chinese History from White terror to the creation of the Communist State
    • 1949 - 1976 Chinese History after the communist revolution



The Cold War

Britain, 1905-51
  • Britain 1905 - 1951 (BBC Bitesize). Activities, videos & tests.
  • British Depth Study, 1906-1918 (ActiveHistory) Worksheets, lesson plans, online games and revision quizzes for GCSE / IGCSE Modern World History. Excellent resources for Revision
  • War and the transformation of British society c1903–28 (Schoolshistory.org) Narrative histories for general reminder of the period and activities.
  • Impact of War (1914-1948) (SchoolHistory.co.uk) excellent revision resources including Revision weblinks, Interactive diagrams, Games and quizzes.
  • OCR British Depth Study Modern World History GCSE and IGCSE Revision Podcasts designed to help with GCSE and IGCSE history revision.  They can be used to revise for Modern World History courses from all the major exam boards including OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC and CIE (Cambridge International Examinations). From the Mr Allsop History site.
  • ***** Great Britain & World War II (John D Clare) Examination Topic e-booklets very thoroughly presented for top GCSE/IB level.  Has revision exercises and self-tests (often by examination Board) but is also like an electronic text book with sources, articles as well as narratives.


Northern Ireland
  • Northern Ireland 1965-85 (BBC Bitesize) Terence O'Neill, NICRA, British Army August 1969, paramilitaries and political parties, suspension of Stormont 1972, power-sharing and Council of Ireland. Activities, videos & tests. 
  • Troubles in Northern Ireland (Schoolshistory.org) Narrative histories for general reminder of the period and activities. 

 

 





  






2. Schools History Project Revision

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Medicine Through Time


The American West
  • American West (BBC Bitesize) Plains Indians, early settlers, cattle ranching and cowboys, homesteaders, wars
  • The American West (SchoolHistory.co.uk) excellent revision resources including Revision weblinks, Interactive diagrams, Games and quizzes.

 

 

Crime & Punishment

  • Elizabeth FryCrime and Punishment (ActiveHistory) Worksheets, lesson plans, online games and revision quizzes for GCSE / IGCSE Modern World History. Excellent resources for Revision
  • Crime and Punishment (Schoolshistory.org) Narrative histories for general reminder of the period and activities.
  • Crime and Punishment through Time (SchoolHistory.co.uk) excellent revision resources including Revision weblinks, Interactive diagrams, Games and quizzes.
  • British society - 1815-1851 (BBC Bitesize) Electoral reform, people and poverty, population and migration, living and  working


Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth revision spidersThese spider charts are designed to help you to understand and revise the following aspects of Elizabeth's reign. You should click on the title and download the complete file to access each spider.
    • Queen Elizabeth in Coronation robesWhat was Elizabeth like?
    • The problems Elizabeth faced
    • How did Elizabeth become popular monarch?
    • Why was the question of marriage so important?
    • How did Elizabeth control/govern England?
    • Did Elizabeth solve the problem of poverty?
    • How well did Elizabeth deal with the religious problem?
    • Why were the Catholics a problem?
    • How great a threat was Mary Queen of Scots?
    • Why were the Puritans a problem?
    • Why was the theatre so popular/
    • Why were the voyages of exploration so important?
    • How great a threat was the Spanish Armada?
    • Why did the Earl of Essex rebel?

 







  






3. Exam Skills


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  • Exam skills (BBC Bitesize) Biased sources, on the day of the exam, sources in context
  • Revision and Study Skills (ActiveHistory) Worksheets, lesson plans, online games and revision quizzes for GCSE / IGCSE Modern World History. Excellent resources for Revision
  • Exam Skills Modern World History GCSE and IGCSE Revision Podcasts designed to help with GCSE and IGCSE history revision.  They can be used to revise for Modern World History courses from all the major exam boards including OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC and CIE (Cambridge International Examinations). From the Mr Allsop History site.

 

 

 

 


 

Want a book to read? Here are some suggestions……..

Reading for History: Click to download a pdf listing some suggested books for reading that are based on historical topics. The books listed have not been selected for their historical accuracy. Some are more varied in their historical precision than others. However, they have been chosen because they should be interesting to read whilst at the same time being related to specific areas of your History courses.

  • They are novels set in a particular time, not detailed text books about a definite period.
  • They are graded by difficulty into grades 1, 2 and 3. Grade 1 is the easiest level, 3 the most difficult.
  • All are in paperback or readily available in libraries. Some are shown below.

 




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