The History Extended Essay



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The History Extended Essay

  • Utica Academy for International Studies

Overview of the History EE

  • In-depth research in an area of history of genuine interest
  • Creation of a coherent and structured essay that address a particular issue expressed as a research question.

History EE

  • History EE benefits
  • History EE challenges
    • Requires stamina and in the area of research. Students lacking great enthusiasm of their selected topic will not do well.
    • Strong evaluative and analytical skills required!

Choice of Topic

  • The topic MUST:
    • focus on the human past
    • lend itself to systematic investigation in line with the assessment criteria
    • have scholars weighing in on both/multiple sides of the issue
    • focus on events earlier than the last 10 years

The Topic

  • Primary and Secondary sources must be used. Interviews and other unique sources are also recommended.
    • provide an opportunity for critical analysis (your voice) of source material and not depend on summarizing general secondary sources-avoiding merely the narrative or descriptive
    • be worthy of study (no “pop” history/conspiracies)

The topic MUST:

  • The topic MUST:
    • be acceptable to the supervisor
    • Have a clear focus (Region, Time Period, Qualifiers)
    • allow students to demonstrate detailed and specific historical knowledge, understanding and critical analysis through the lens of historiography
    • Topics outside of history (music and sport) must be from a historical perspective – NO Sociology Papers!

Criteria of the History EE

HOA Recommended Topics

  • Junior Topics That Might Help With Your IB Examinations
  • The Great Depression and the Americas 1929-39
  • Nation-building and challenges
  • The Second World War and the Americas 1933-45
  • United States Civil War: causes, course and effects 1840-77
  • Political developments in the Americas after the Second World
  • War 1945-79
  • The development of modern nations 1865-1929
  • The Cold War and the Americas 1945-1981
  • Emergence of the Americas in global affairs 1880-1929
  • The Mexican Revolution 1910-40
  • Into the 21st century—from the 1980s to 2000

20th C. Recommended Topics

  • Senior Topics That Might Help With Your IB Examinations
  • Peacemaking, peacekeeping—international relations 1918–36
  • The Arab–Israeli conflict 1945–79
  • Communism in crisis 1976–89
  • Origins and development of
  • authoritarian and single-party states
  • The Cold War
  • Nationalist and independence movements in Africa and Asia and post‑1945 Central and Eastern European states

Appropriate topics receiving A’s last year (9)

  • Curriculum-based
  • To what extent did the treaties of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Tianon cause complications in Central Europe from 1918 to 1945.
  • How did the social and political policies of Belgian colonial rule contribute to the fragmentation of the early Democratic Republic of Congo?
  • To what extent did the anti-Vietnam war movement affect the policies of the Nixon administration?
  • To what extent did the National Pact of 1943 cause the Lebanese Civil War?
  • To what extent were the arguments of the Federalists in favor of the U.S. Constitution and against the Articles of Confederation?
  • What were the causes of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692?
  • To what extent was President Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830 a racially motivated legislative document?
  • To what extent did Winston Churchill’s radio speeches affect the morale of the British people during World War II?
  • To what extent did Operation Mincemeat and its subsidiary operations affect Hitler’s ability to rule and Germany’s loss of WWII?

Treatment of the Topic

  • Title: Varying interpretations of the Salem witch trials
  • Research Question: Which theory best explains the Salem witch trials?
  • Approach: Background reading is undertaken to enable identification and explanation of two dominant theories as to why the trials took place. The merits of the two theories are appraised using data obtained about the accused and accusers.

Title: Changing views of the Cuban Missile Crisis

  • Title: Changing views of the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Research Question: How and why have explanations of the Cuban missile crisis changed since 1962?
  • Approach: General reading is undertaken for a historical introduction and note taking. The views of a number of historians are summarized in order to understand categorize and evaluate selected explanations of the 1962 missile crisis in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

History EE Due Dates

  • After 1st Supervisor Meeting (Jan. 2-17) Read Chapters 1-4 in Marius & 2 “A” papers paying special attention to the historiography
  • After 2nd Supervisor Meeting (Feb. 3-14) Produce working bibliography, citation notecards & “tracking historiography” chart
  • After 3rd Supervisor Meeting (April 14th-25th) Complete the following:
          • Introduction Paragraph #1 w/ Research Question
          • Introduction Paragraph #2 demonstrating historiography
          • Topic sentences for body paragraphs w/ bullet points (template will be given)
  • After 4th Supervisor Meeting (June 2nd-6th) Complete rough draft and turn in 2 copies ON the first day of school in September


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