- Qualification: A Level (GCE)
- Examination Board: CIE
- Syllabus/ Specification: History 9389
- Subject Code: 12Hi/13Hi
- Hours per week: 6 hours
- Examinations in June
- Details: http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-international-as-and-a-level-history-9389/
Component 1 (Document Question)
The Search for International Peace and Security 1919-1945
Component 2 (Outline Study)
Modern Europe 1789-1917
Component 3 (Interpretations Question)
The origins and development of the Cold War 1841-1950
Component 4 (Depth Study)
International History 1945-1991
Year 12 - Component 1
What were the origins and aims of the League of Nations?
How was the League of Nations organised?
What were the successes and failures of the League of Nations?
What were the origins and aims of the United Nations?
Year 12 - Component 2
France, 1789–1814 Candidates will not be expected to study foreign policy in detail but should be able to show an understanding of the effects within France of foreign policy.
What were the aims and domestic problems of French politicians from 1789 to 1795?
Why were French governments unstable from 1789 to 1795?
Why did Napoleon Bonaparte rise to power by 1799?
What were Napoleon Bonaparte’s domestic aims from 1799 to 1814?
The Industrial Revolution, c.1800–c.1890 Candidates will be expected to be aware of the impact of developments in Britain, France and Germany.
What were the causes of the Industrial Revolution by 1800?
What factors encouraged and discouraged industrialisation from 1800 to c.1890?
How did the Industrial Revolution affect different classes up to c.1890?
What were the political and economic effects of the Industrial Revolution up to c.1890?
The Origins of World War I, 1900–1914
Why did the Alliance System develop?
What was the importance of militarism and the Naval Race?
Why were the Balkans unstable?
Why did war break out in 1914?
The Russian Revolution, c.1894–1917
What were the causes and immediate outcomes of the 1905 Revolution
What were the strengths and weaknesses of Romanov rule from 1906 to 1914?
What were the causes of the February Revolution in 1917?
Why did the Bolsheviks gain power in October 1917?
Year 13 - Component 3
The Origins and Development of the Cold War
Candidates will study the following content and the differing interpretations that historians have produced, with a particular focus on the over-arching Key Question, Who was to blame for the Cold War?
This topic covers the following events and developments in the evolution of the Cold War in Europe:
• Tensions in the wartime alliance against the Axis powers
• Peacemaking at the end of World War II
• Increasing tensions in a divided Europe
• The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan
• The Berlin Blockade and Airlift
Candidates should explore the following issues through the interpretations and approaches of different historians:
• How far were inherent tensions between East and West bound to resurface in 1945?
• How important were the personalities of the leaders of the Great Powers in shaping the Cold War?
• How far were ideology, security and economics the factors which created Cold War tensions?
• The Traditional approach
• The Revisionist approach • Post-Revisionist approaches
• How have the perspectives on the Cold War of Russian historians differed from those in the West?
• Reinterpretations of the Cold War in the light of new archival sources
• The emergence of the ‘New’ Cold War history
Year 13 - Component Four
International History 1945-1991
Theme 1: The Cold War 1950 -1975
How did relations between the USA and the USSR change and develop in the 1950s and1960s?
How and why did the Cold War spread outside Europe after 1950?
What impact did the nuclear arms race have on the conduct of the Cold War 1950–75?
Why was there a move towards détente in the 1970s?
Theme 2: The Cold War, 1975–1991
How effective was détente in the 1970s?
What were the causes of the ‘Second Cold War’?
Why, and with what effects, did the USSR suffer a ‘crisis of communism’ during the 1980s?
Why did the Cold War come to an end?
Theme 3: China 1945-1991
Why did the CCP gain victory in 1949?
How successful was Mao Zedong in dealing with China’s problems?
How successful was Deng Xiaoping in dealing with China’s problems?
Why was China able to survive the ‘crisis of communism’?
Theme 4: Conflict in the Middle East 1948-1991
Why did the creation of the state of Israel lead to war?
How did the Arab-Israeli conflict develop between 1948 and 1973?
What impact did the Cold War have on the conflict in the Middle East?
What factors led to the de-stabilisation of the Middle East between 1975 and 1991?
How will I be assessed?
Students will take 50% of their qualification in Y12 and the other 50% in Year 13. This is broken down as follows:
Component 1 - Document question - 1 hour – 20%
Component 2 - Outline study - 1 hour 30 minutes – 30%
Component 3 - Interpretations question - 1 hour - 20%
Component 4 - Depth Study 1 hours 30 minutes – 30%