OCR GCSE History: International Relations – the changing international order, 1918–2001

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International Relations – the changing international order, 1918–2001

The focus of the period study is on the unfolding narrative of international relations from 1918–2001. Learners will study the substantial developments and issues associated with this period, in order to understand the forces and events which shaped the 20th- and the early 21st-century world and how these forces and events have come to shape our world.

Conflict and co-operation 1918–1939

  • The Versailles Peace Settlement; the League of Nations in the 1920s; international agreements in the 1920s (Dawes Plan 1924, Locarno 1925, Kellogg-Briand 1928, Young Plan 1929)
  • Attempts at disarmament.
  • The impact of the worldwide economic depression.
  • Tension in Europe in the 1930s, including the failure of the League of Nations, the policy of Appeasement and outbreak of war in 1939.

The Cold War 1945–c.1989

  • Emerging super-power rivalry 1945–1949
  • Actions of the USSR in Eastern Europe 1945–1948 and response of the US and its allies.
  • Cold War confrontations: Berlin Wall 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis 1962
  • Cold War conflicts: Vietnam War, the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

From the end of the Cold War to 9/11

  • Gorbachev and the end of the Cold War
  • Consequences of the Soviet war in Afghanistan: the rise of the Taliban and the origins of Al-Qaeda
  • Al-Qaeda activity from the 1990s culminating in 9/11.

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  • L1 Issues For The Victors After Wwi (pdf)
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  • L1 Treaty Of Versailles (pptx)
  • L10 Student Fill In Sheet Truman Doctrine Marshall Plan And Soviet Response (pdf)
  • L10 Truman Doctrine And Marshall Plan (pptx)
  • L10 Truman Doctrine And Marshall Plan Information Sheet (pdf)
  • L10 Truman Doctrine And Marshall Plan Information Sheet (pptx)
  • L11 Berlin Airlift Fact File (pdf)
  • L11 Berlin Airlift Fact File (docx)
  • L11 Cominform And Comecon (pptx)
  • L11 Cominform And Comecon Information Sheet (pdf)
  • L12 Source Information For Students (pptx)
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  • L13 Berlin Wall (pptx)
  • L13 John F (mp4)
  • L14 Cuban Missile Crisis (pptx)
  • L14 The History Of The Cuban Missile Crisis Matthew A (mp4)
  • L15 How Effectively Did The Usa Contain The Spread Of Communism (docx)
  • L15 How Effectively Did The Usa Contain The Spread Of Communism (pdf)
  • L16 Brezhnev Doctrine (pptx)
  • L16 Brezhnev Doctrine (pdf)
  • L16 Czechoslovakia 1968 (pptx)
  • L16 Prague Spring Information Sheet (pptx)
  • L16 Prague Spring Information Sheet (pdf)
  • L16 What Was The Prague Spring- (mp4)
  • L17 Solidarity (pptx)
  • L17 Solidarity Movement Poland 1989 (mp4)
  • L18 Anti-Vietnam Reasons (pdf)
  • L18 Anti-Vietnam Reasons (pptx)
  • L18 Cia Group Information (pdf)
  • L18 Cia Group Information (pptx)
  • L18 Failure Of Vietnamisation Fact Sheet (pdf)
  • L18 How The Vietminh Fought In Vietnam Information (pdf)
  • L18 How The Vietminh Fought In Vietnam Information (pptx)
  • L18 Kent State Shootings Lesson Material (pdf)
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  • L18 Table Questions (pptx)
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  • L18 Us And Vietnam (pptx)
  • L19 Soviet War In Afghanistan (docx)
  • L19 Soviet War In Afghanistan (pdf)
  • L2 League Of Nations (pptx)
  • L2 League Of Nations Additional Source Homework (pdf)
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  • L2 League Task Sheet (docx)
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  • L20 Gorbachev And The End Of The Cold War (pptx)
  • L20 Gorbachev Information (pdf)
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  • L21 The Rise Of The Taliban And The Origins Of Al-Qaeda (docx)
  • L21 The Rise Of The Taliban And The Origins Of Al-Qaeda (pdf)
  • L24 Us Withdrawal From Vietnam (pptx)
  • L3 International Agreements In The 1920s (docx)
  • L3 International Agreements In The 1920s (pdf)
  • L4 Great Depression (pptx)
  • L5 Appeasement (pptx)
  • L5 Appeasement Ariana Grande One Last Time Parody Mrbettsclass 1 (mp4)
  • L5 British Declaration Of War Radio Broadcast 3 Sept 1939 1 (mp4)
  • L6 Berlin Crisis (pptx)
  • L6 Hitler S Foreign Policy (pptx)
  • L6 Nazi Foreign Policy- Hitler S Foreign Policy Goals 1933 1 (mp4)
  • L6 Nazi Germany Foreign Policy (pptx)
  • L6 Road To Wwii Worksheet (pdf)
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  • L6 The Berlin Blockade 10m (mp4)
  • L7 Tehran Yalta And Potsdam Conferences (pptx)
  • L7 Warsaw Pact (pptx)
  • L8 Difference Between Nations Statements (pdf)
  • L8 Difference Between Nations Statements (pptx)
  • L8 Ideological Differences (pptx)
  • L8 Ideological Differences Worksheet Low Ability Sheet (pdf)
  • L9 Group Packs (pdf)
  • L9 Group Packs (pptx)
  • L9 Hungarian Uprising (pptx)
  • L9 Timeline Information (pptx)
  • L9 Timeline Information (pdf)
  • L9 Us-Soviet Relations (pptx)
  • OCR GCSE History Exam Booklets (zip)