GCSE classes

Posted: February 14, 2011 in GCSE

Year 11
The tasks listed below are to be completed over the next few weeks. I can appreciate that some students will not have all materials with them but resources are included. The green and white edexcel textbook is the main resource to use. If you have considerable difficulties, remember to use this blog or email me with a question. I can add resources to this website if required.

What were the causes of the Cold War?

You began this a few weeks ago and have been set work on Potsdam already. The tasks are explained below.
The following events or policies are all causes of the Cold War;
FOR WEEK ENDING 17/2/2011…

– Events before 1945; Russian Civil War, Nazi-Soviet Pact and Second Front during WW2.

– Potsdam and Yalta conferences, dropping of the atomic bomb.

– Soviet expansion into Eastern Europe and buffer zones.
FOR WEEK ENDING 24/2/2011…

– Truman Doctrine and the Marshal Plan.

– Berlin Blockade and Airlift.

– Formation of NATO.

– Iron Curtain speech.

– Formation of Cominform and Comintern.

Students should read about each cause, summarise it and then explain how it led to the Cold War. You will all be asked, or rather ordered, to eventually submit an essay analysing what were the main causes of the political conflict. In doing so, you must be able to prioritise. Therefore, construct a table listing the causes in order. Give evidence of each and explain in a sentence or two why it led to the Cold War. Once completed, you should number them in terms of importance. This is a lot of reading but time is pressing to finish the curriculum.

The following essay, ‘What were the causes of the Cold War?’, is due Tuesday 1st March 2011.

AMENDED VERSION! ‘Was there one single event which started the Cold War, and could you argue that the USSR or USA was more responsible?’

Points to consider when writing the essay;

1. Have you developed a judgement? Is it supported with evidence?

2. Are all the causes analysed? Remember to use the websites listed on the ‘GCSE Cold War’ page to help you.

3. Have you prioritised the causes and how much blame is attached to one of the superpowers?

4. Have you explained that there are different interpretations?t

5. Have you linked causes together? Linking will lead to a developed argument.

The essay is rather large and students have done up to 2500 words in the past. It should be at least 3 sides in length if you type it. I appreciate it is a large piece of work but it is necessary. Feel free to email me with concerns or questions.

Year 10
You will be focusing on the period 1918 to 1924. A typical essay question is, ‘How did the Weimar Republic survive the early problems?’ To answer this, you should analyse the following events, (the page numbers are from the Edexcel textbook);

Section One
– Strengths and weaknesses of the new Weimar constitution, (pages 9-11). Also, the impacts of the Treaty of Versailles, (pages 12-13) and losing the war are included here, (pages 8-9).

Section Two
– The revolts. How did Ebert and the Social Democrats put down the revolts of the Spartacists, (pages 14-15 and …, the Freikorps, (Kapp Putsch – page 16) and the Nazis, (Munich Putsch – pages 27-40)? What strengths and weaknesses of the W.R. were evident?

Section Three
– The Ruhr Crisis of 1923, (pages 17-19). What caused the hyperinflation and how did the Weimar Republic try to solve the problems?

The events above need to be summarised in your book. Below these summaries, you should write in a different colour whether the event strengthened the Weimar Republic or weakened it? The first two sections should be completed by 21st February 2011. The third should be done by 27th February. Students should then begin work on the essay explained below.
The essay title, which is in the first paragraph above, will be completed by all students. You need to focus on what problems remained despite the Weimar Republic surviving. Furthermore, what did the Social Democrats rely on to continue being in power? Loyalty of the people, violence, allies etc? Were the main problems behind them and what prospects did they have to survive?

Remember to be balanced in the piece however. The Weimar Republic did survive the early years so what strengths did it possess? Was there a time where it was at its’ strongest between 1919 to 1923? Could you argue the government turned a corner?

This will involve a substantial amount of work but there is much to study before you are taking examinations in the summer. Most resources are available on this blog or on the links provided to educational websites. Feel free to email me if you do not understand something or cannot find sufficient resources.

  1. Lola says:

    Hi Sir! Just thought I’d let you know that I didn’t bring any of my books when I got evacuated and I’m wondering what I can do..

    • adamkg1915 says:

      Morning Lola. You can do most of the tasks without the textbook as there are several useful websites available. Look at the section, ‘GCSE Germany’ and you should find what you need. Feel free to ask specific questions via email. I will check all the work on your return so don’t worry if there are areas you find difficult.


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