Mr Jones-Nerzic's top
revision topics for May 2006!
is going to be on the exam Paper 1 for 2006? Unfortunately
neither I nor any other teacher can tell you. However, I do know
what has been on the exam paper since 2000 (International
Relations and Germany) and I know
what the syllabus says! Examiners are keen to make sure all parts of
the syllabus are covered and even after 12 exam papers not everything
has been. See past paper patterns for International
Relations and Germany
and then look closely at the syllabus, especially the 'specified
|International Relations 1919-91
There will be five topics that you might be able to do and you will need to
be able to answer two
questions. You are guaranteed two questions covering the
three pre-1945 topics.
- Were the Peace Treaties of 1919-23
- To what extent was the League of
Nations a success?
- Why had international peace
collapsed by 1939?
These questions are often made up
from parts of each of the three topics. Therefore you have to revise
all three topics thoroughly.
The most important thing is to answer the question
set (ATBQ). Therefore it is very important that you
understand the question set. If you have any doubts about meaning,
leave the question well alone. Unless the question is identical to a
question you have prepared in advance, do not be tempted to use a
- What caused the First World War has been on every exam paper
as question 4 since this new syllabus began in 2000. I suppose
it has to be missing at some point but this would be a very
unpopular decision. For the 5 and 7 mark question can you
answer all the previous questions? What has not been asked
previously? (This is also worth asking of all the topics below) The 8 mark
question always requires an evaluation of one factor as a cause
of war. Because this is such a predictable question
expect the examiners to add a twist to the question. If in doubt
do not attempt. I can't think of many new ways of asking this
question. Study all past papers.
- Peace Treaties has not been
fully assessed for our exam since summer 2003. It was also left
off the recent November paper, so it might be a good possibility
this time. As last year expect a
'part' question and a focus on the other treaties for 5 or 7
marks. The specified content states: 'The
peace treaties of 1919-23 (Versailles, St. Germain, Trianon,
Neuilly, Sevres and Lausanne)'. Also consider the 8 mark
question of whether is was a good treaty.
of Nations is the 20th century
equivalent of WWI in that a question appears almost every time.
There has been at least a part
question 11 times out of 12! Manchuria and Abyssinia might be
combined with the causes of WWII topic. The eight mark question
almost always asks for an evaluation of the successes and
failures of the League and whether it was doomed from the start
(How far did weaknesses in the
League's organisation make failure inevitable?) or might have
survived had it not been for the Depression (How far did the
Depression make the work of the League more difficult?). It
might also be split into 1920s and 1930s. This page
and the following are important and include a number of links to
outstanding revision pages in John D Clare.
- Causes of WWII is almost as popular as causes of WWI.
Expect a part question. Remember the 6
factors which caused the war? Last summer all of the factors have been
covered in the 8 mark question except Nazi Soviet Pact and the
Depression. Guess what appeared on last summer and the November
papers?! Like WWI they are running out of new ways of asking
this question! And as with the WWI question expect the examiners to
include a more difficult question to make you think. (e.g. the
'Hitler was a gambler' question in May 2003)
- Cold War blame
was on last May and in 2004 and not last November. Worth revising as a
- Vietnam and Cuba. Vietnam
was on last November, Cuba last summer. The examiners leave this
off the exam paper occasionally (it is on 3 out 4 times and they
know students like it. However Cuba is the focus on Paper 2.
They doubles up on WWI last summer (it was on Paper 1 and 2)
they could do the same but I think it unlikely.
USSR and Eastern Europe is as unpopular as Cuba and Vietnam
are popular. Hasn't been on since November 2004, expect it this
has not been on any summer paper since May 2003. It was on
November 2005. Again a strong possibility but would they put
both unpopular (UNO and Eastern Europe) on this paper? In
previous years if it appears in November it comes again in May!
My prediction for May 2005
- No WWI
this time. If it is on expect something tough from the specified
- League of Nations 1920s mixed with
- Causes of WWII
mixed with LoN (see Nov 2002)?
Should you only revise these topics? Absolutely not. There are 7 topics (key questions) in this part of the syllabus. You should
insure you have thoroughly revised at least 4 topics. You
should also revise the whole of topic 3, 'Why
had international peace collapsed by 1939?'. This is an
important topic, a topic we have spent a long time on and a topic
you should do well.
With Germany it is much more difficult to select the topics that
are most useful to revise. It is therefore important that your
revision covers everything. There will be only two questions and you
will only need to answer only one of them. Something on Weimar has
come up regularly and is obviously popular
but has been on the last two papers. There has never been a question on
Weimar culture even
though this is a 'focus point' and specified content. Rise to
power hasn't been on the last two papers, so must be a strong
possibility this time. Go back to the Nazis in the 1920s to make
sure you cover all possibilities.
My prediction for May 2004
- Hitlers Rise to Power.
- You must cover all post 1934
content. Coercion, persuasion and consent.
Print out and learn your completed
table thoroughly. The question of 'totalitarianism'
has never been examined (apart from 'total control' last
November 2004) and neither has economic
policy including re-armament. Women, children and (in
particular) the war years are worth revising thoroughly.
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