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Why Study IGCSE History?

History is the study of the past. This syllabus offers the opportunity to study world history from the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Learners will explore history from a diversity of perspectives, including social, economical, cultural and political. Cambridge IGCSE History encourages learners to raise questions and to develop and deploy historical skills, knowledge and understanding in order to provide historical explanations.

Aims of the Syllabus:

  • develop an interest in and enthusiasm for learning about and understanding the past
  • explore historical concepts such as cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity and difference
  • appreciate historical evidence and how to use it
  • gain a greater understanding of international issues and inter-relationships
  • learn how to present clear, logical arguments.

Syllabus at a glance:

Option B: The 20th century: International Relations since 1919

The content focuses on the following Key Questions:

  1. Were the peace treaties of 1919–23 fair?
  2. To what extent was the League of Nations a success?
  3. Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?
  4. Who was to blame for the Cold War?
  5. How effectively did the USA contain the spread of Communism?
  6. How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948–c.1989?
  7. Why did events in the Gulf matter c.1970–2000?

Depth Study: at least one of the following:

  • The First World War, 1914–18
  • Germany, 1918–45
  • Russia, 1905–41
  • The USA, 1919–41 (Currently offered by COLLS)
  • China, c.1930–c.1990
  • South Africa, c.1940– c.1994
  • Israelis and Palestinians since 1945