• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

AS and A Level: International History, 1945-1991

Browse by

Currently browsing by:

Meet our team of inspirational teachers

find out about the team

Get help from 80+ teachers and hundreds of thousands of student written documents

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How significant was Chinas intervention in deciding the course and outcome of the Korean War?

    5 star(s)

    Although this force was made up of 300,000 poorly equipped fighters, they were experienced fighters as many had already fought in the Chinese Civil War. Initially, it seemed that the Chinese intervention was ?too little, too late?, as they lost their first major battle with the UN forces, and in October 1950, the ROK?s troops crossed the 38th Parallel. In addition to this, the US Eighth Army captured the capital of North Korea on the 20th October 1950, as well as the X command capturing the important port of Wonsan on the East Coast.

    • Word count: 1492
  2. Marked by a teacher

    To what extent was the alliance system responsible for the outbreak of World War One in 1914

    5 star(s)

    Another vital alliance was that of Austria-Hungary and Germany. In July, 1914, Germany had given a Carte Blanche to Austria-Hungary, promising unconditional support in case of war. This encouraged Austro-Hungarian aggressive policies, contributing to the problems in the Balkans. France and Russia had numerous agreements, many financially based. These treaties turned anti-German as war became more and more plausible, and tied Russia and France together. The final alliance that needs mention is that of Britain and Belgium. The British public saw it as their duty to protect the Belgian people1 and, following the execution of the Schlieffen Plan in 1914, the British Government saw it as their duty to follow their agreement on protecting the neutrality of the country and joined the war.

    • Word count: 1325
  3. Marked by a teacher

    How far was the Boer War, 1899-1902, a turning point in the history of the British Empire

    5 star(s)

    Moreover, the acquisition of land was seen as part of Britain's mission of 'civilising' the lesser nations through being the "world's policeman". In the traditional "Pax Britanica" view the British Empire was seen as spreading peace and prosperity around the world. This increased its domestic popularity and resulted in widespread support of imperialism. Thus, prior to the Boer War the Empire was viewed with pride, being seen as a source of economic prosperity, prestige and moral interest by all political parties as well as by general society.

    • Word count: 1905
  4. Marked by a teacher

    "a***s the successes and failures of Mao's domestic policies between 1949 and 1976."

    5 star(s)

    In 1949, Mao launched the Organic law which divided China into 6 subdivisions. Each of these were regulated by offices and bureaus, which also included officials. Force was used to achieve a certain level of stability. His second movement was the Agrarian Reform Law. The communist party workers were dispatched to each village to implement it. The land in the villages was shared between the peasants, and the peasants put the landlords on trial in the "people's courts." Many of those landlords were beaten, imprisoned or even executed after having stood accused of abusing their tenants and charging high rents for their own benefits.

    • Word count: 1713
  5. Marked by a teacher

    The collapse of the USSR was caused by internal problems and had nothing to do with the Cold War. Assess this view.

    4 star(s)

    As such, this essay espouses that it was an amalgamation of both factors both within and outside the USSR that served as a foundation, catalysis, turning point and trigger that resulted in the disintegration of the USSR. The decline of the USSR which resulted in its eventual breakdown found its roots all the way back to its inception and foundation. The Soviet economic system, based on a command economy whereby the state determined its course rather than the market based economy which the rest of the world adopted was inherently flawed.

    • Word count: 1195
  6. Marked by a teacher

    To what extent do you accept the view that the USA and the USSR were already divided by irreconcilable differences by the end of the fighting in Europe in May 1945?

    4 star(s)

    The two nations were already divided due to their ideological differences as highlighted in source 1 which is from the orthodox perspective. According to the USA, 'The USSR was a revolutionary state' inherently driven by Marxist-Leninist ideologies of world communist revolution. Therefore the USSR was already hostile to the west as its ideologies threatened the existence of democratic nations. The USSR was hoping to establish security along its borders by implementing soviet friendly governments which would be communist in nature. This was because the USSR perceived it to be in a 'hostile and threatening world' as outlined by source 1.

    • Word count: 1344
  7. Marked by a teacher

    Russell Baker's Growing Up

    4 star(s)

    His strong aptitude for writing coupled with his early career induced knowledge of historical events provides an autobiography of not only a man, but an era. The era in which these careers emanated from was the Great Depression. Baker tells of his family's struggles and really provides the reader great understanding by recalling exact prices and so forth. He tells of a time when his stern and proud mother gave in to relief. This was what the program of government hand outs of food was known as.

    • Word count: 1398
  8. Marked by a teacher

    Was the collapse of the USSR historically inevitable?

    4 star(s)

    In order to understand the Collapse of the Soviet Union, some historical facts need to be reminded2. After the death of Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev became General Secretary of the Communist Party of SU. In 1956, he betrayed during the twentieth Congress of the Party the brutal and repressive policy of Stalin and began a relatively more opened policy, within and outside the Soviet Union, in spite of the repression in Budapest the same year. Nevertheless, he failed his attempts of agricultural and industrial reforms, and the fiascos of the Berlin Blockade and Cuban missiles crisis damaged the Soviet prestige.

    • Word count: 1957
  9. Marked by a teacher

    To what extent was America's policy of containment successful? Use Korea, Cuba and Vietnam in your investigation.

    3 star(s)

    North Korea was supported by Communist China and the Soviet Union, and South Korea was supported by the United States and its Western allies. Communist North Korea sought to spread its influence and control to the South. In October 1950, hostility spilled over into open warfare. North Korean troops overwhelmed the South Korean forces and by September 1950 all except a small corner of South Korea was under Communist control. Once the North Koreans invaded, the Americans with the help of their strong allies managed to push the North Koreans back and continued fighting ensured that the North Korean army lost its footing on South Korean soil.

    • Word count: 1063
  10. Marked by a teacher

    Does the film 'The Battle of The Somme' provide us with a realistic picture of what it was like to be a British soldier in the trenches?

    3 star(s)

    The government could also have only selected the views that they wanted for the film so they may have left out the gory bits and pictures showing the British Forces suffering. The way that the film portrays Equipment and Supplies can be supported by many of the sources, the sources suggest that the British had plenty of food and drink, they also show the British with high stacks of boxes full of food and drink. Some of the sources also imply that they had plenty of artillery and shells, so that they didn't run out during mid-battle, they also had a lot of guns and men ready to shoot the Germans.

    • Word count: 1653
  11. Marked by a teacher

    All of these factors helped to break stalemate: New Technology, The American entry into the war, the blockade of German ports and the German offensive in March 1918.How far do you agree with this statement?

    3 star(s)

    There were only a few tanks in the Battle of the Somme and the element of surprise was wasted but the Germans didn't copy the idea until it was too late. Attacks at Cambria with the 378 Mark IV tanks without a preliminary bombardment but with a creeping barrage was a great success. The outcome of this was a 5-mile advance towards the Hindenburg line and this created a 6-mile gap. Reinforcements were out of reach for the Germans. As the British reserves were in Italy this break though could not be exploited.

    • Word count: 1198
  12. Marked by a teacher

    Why Did The USA Become Increasingly Involved In The Vietnam War?

    3 star(s)

    Following the surrender of n**i Germany in May 1945 near the close of World War II, the uneasy wartime alliance between the United States and Great Britain on the one hand and the Soviet Union on the other began to unravel. By 1948 the Soviets had installed left-wing governments in the countries of Eastern Europe that had been liberated by the Red Army. The Americans and the British feared the permanent Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and the threat of Soviet-influenced communist parties coming to power in the democracies of Western Europe.

    • Word count: 1517
  13. Peer reviewed

    1938 job employment Germany

    3 star(s)

    Goerring, the new control over trade instinctively sped up rearmament so that the import value that would have been spent on food for the people, were spent on raw materials for the army. The aim of employing the nation was a definite success, with only 0.2 million unemployed by 1938, and an overall success of 0.8 million more employed in comparison with1928. However wages for the employed steadily decreased as a percentage of national income. The Public Works Schemes brought about a large number of jobs in building of autobahns and hoems.

    • Word count: 1088

Marked by a teacher

This document has been marked by one of our great teachers. You can read the full teachers notes when you download the document.

Peer reviewed

This document has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review on the document page.

Peer reviewed

This document has been reviewed by one of our specialist student document reviewing squad. Read the full review under the document preview on this page.