History for the International Baccalaureate Diploma
History is more than the study of the past. It is the process of recording, reconstructing and interpreting the past through the investigation of a variety of sources. It is a discipline that gives people an understanding of themselves and others in relation to the world, both past and present.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Whichever route is selected the course provides both structure and flexibility, fostering an understanding of major historical events in a global context. It requires students to make comparisons between similar and dissimilar solutions to common human situations, whether they be political, economic or social. It invites comparisons between, but not judgments of, different cultures, political systems and national traditions.
Route 1 explores the main developments in the history of Europe and the Islamic world (from 500 to 1570).
History of Europe and the Islamic world — Prescribed Subjects
History of Europe and the Islamic World — Topics
Higher Level Options (3 of the following)
Route 2 encompasses the main developments in the 20th century world history.
20th Century World History — Prescribed Subjects
20th Century World History — Topics
Higher Level Options (1 of the following)
- History Guide (First Examinations 2010)
- IB History of the Americas (Not part of this book)
- IB European History (Not part of this book)