Welcome to Mr Allsop History . com

I have recently published my new book of historical accounts, called 366 Days. You can find details of the book here.

Mr Allsop History . com is a FREE History revision website containing GCSE History revision, IGCSE History revision, A Level History revision and IB Diploma History revision podcasts and videos.

It is regularly updated with new episodes of my popular GCSE History revision podcasts, IGCSE History revision podcasts and revision PowerPoints.  To automatically receive new episodes when they are created you can subscribe in iTunes or by using the RSS feed.  There are also a range of IB Diploma History revision podcasts and AS/A2 (A Level) History revision podcasts for students studying 19th and 20th Century European History.  For automatic updates to these you can subscribe in iTunes or use the RSS feed.

You could also join the Facebook page to receive updates when new History revision podcasts and resources are added.

Elsewhere on the site you will find the music video I produced to accompany Billy Joel’s song We Didn’t Start the Fire.  Suggestions on how history teachers might incorporate the song and video into a lesson sequence on historical significance can be found here.

I also write and host a daily ‘on this day in history’ podcast at www.HistoryPod.net. I’ve created hundreds of 2-3 minute long podcasts covering a whole range of historical periods and events. Those that relate to the history revision topics on this website are also linked to directly.

Everything on this History revision website is FREE to download so please let your history students, friends or teachers know about it!  If you would like to include links to any of the GCSE, IGCSE, A Level or IB History revision resources on your own website, please direct your visitors to www.mrallsophistory.com.

194 Responses to Welcome to Mr Allsop History . com

  1. Hiroyuki Yasuda says:

    To Mr. Allsop
    Hello. I bought this smartphone just a year ago and started podcast recently. I found your historypod by chance. I enjoy your narration every day. Today’s topic is the spies of nuclear technology and their death sentence. This is rather new, compared with other topics. But, the problems of nuclear technology remain deep-seated in our society. I’m a Japanese and the disaster of Fukushima overshadows Japan. My daughter started to live in Fukui prefecture this spring. In Fukui, lots of nuclear power plants exist. When I visited there, I came across the demonstration against nuclear energy. When I listened to your story, I felt something complicated but deeply related with us.

  2. Hiroyuki Yasuda says:

    Hello, Mr. Allsop.
    Thank you for your very good history introduction. I started to listen to your story every day. I’m a history buff so I enjoyed your narration.
    I’m a Japanese. In English language, history is very often euro-centric. I hope we can have more Asian history such as this Battle of Iwo Jima and The Vietnam war, if possible. Thank you for creating such good history introductions and I will want to continue to support you.

  3. Hiroyuki Yasuda says:

    I’m Hiroyuki Yasuda. Nice to meet you. Im a Japanese and a history lover. Actually, I started to use my smart phone last year. I happened to know HistoryPod. I enyoy your narration of history every day. Thank you for making such a good narration of history. And your explanation is very easy to understand. I really appreciate HistoryPod. Please keep on creating good history. Thank you so much.

  4. iGCSE Northampton says:

    Hi Mr. Allsop,
    I was listening to the MP3 version of your podcast ‘The First Gulf War- Course and Consequences’ while reading the transcript. In the podcast you say “The Desert Storm bombing campaign saw over 2,250 coalition aircraft fly in excess of 1000 sorties A WEEK for 5 weeks” while the transcript reads “in excess of 1000 sorties A DAY for 5 weeks”. Please could you tell me which figure is correct, as I am sitting the iGCSE History exam in May this year. Also, thank you so much for such a helpful revision website! The section on Germany Depth Study was especially helpful, and is greatly appreciated.
    Regards, iGCSE Northampton

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Thanks for your message. Thanks for flagging the discrepancy. The statistic should be ‘in excess of 1000 per day’ as stated in the transcript. I’ll be correcting the audio version now 🙂

  5. Vikram Martin says:

    Dear Sir,

    Why is there three different history paper, e.g. 0470/11, 0470/12 and 0470/13 for the June as well as Nov papers?

    • Mr Allsop says:

      These are effectively different time zones (1-2 is those areas a couple of hours either side of GMT; 1-1 is for those that are further west while 1-3 is for those that are further east). This ensure exam security, since everyone in a timezone starts the exam within the same time window.

      • Vikram Martin says:

        Thanks Mr. Allsop,
        Based on your explanation, I conclude countries in the America/ Europe continent (e.g. Canada, France, etc.) would be taking 1-1, whereas countries in the Asia continent (e.g. India, China, Singapore, etc.) would be taking 1-3.

        I hope my understanding is correct.

        • Vikram Martin says:

          Sorry, I think European continent would be doing 1-2.

          • Mr Allsop says:

            Yes, it’s divided based on time zones. Generally speaking the Americas do 1-1, Europe/Africa/Middle East do 1-2 and Asia/Far East/Australasia do 1-3.

  6. Love you history teacher, you’re great, helped me through many hard times in history revision. Thank you for your help

  7. Joshua says:

    Hello Mr Allsop!

    I am going to sit for the AS CIE History Exam as a private candidate. I have seen your great videos on exam technique for Paper 2(a) and (b) – thank you so much for them! I was wondering if you could take a quick look at an answer I wrote for Paper 2 (a) and (b) and let me know if I am doing it right?

    Any other advice, help and guidance with the examination will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    • Mr Allsop says:

      I’m afraid I’m not able to read or feedback on answers by anyone but my own students.

  8. n says:

    Hi Mr Allsop,
    I was just wondering if you had any advice on answering a part c question for the middle east? (arab israeli conflict)
    I don’t see any here so I thought I’d ask

    • Mr Allsop says:

      I don’t have any materials specifically related to the Arab-Israeli conflict, but the approach to a part (c) question on CIE exam paper 1 would be the same as every other unit.

  9. Ali says:

    Hi thought I’d tell you I got an A* in IGCSE History. Your videos really helped.

  10. shankermistry says:

    you are doing a good job.
    It could even be more help if written summarized text can appear along with the lecture for one to take down.

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Many of the podcast have transcripts that you can download. I am currently producing transcripts for all those that don’t currently have them.

  11. Rose says:

    just to say brilliant website really helping me with my IGCSE.
    thanks for all your hard work!

  12. Maria says:


    2 questions:

    1) Are there any textbooks you could recommend for the cie A2 Cold War option? (components 3 & 4; the topics being the origins of the cold war and the cold war itself (1950-1991).
    2) I have noticed that there are next to no past papers for this same option, as cie recently changed the syllabus. Do you have any suggestions as to what to do, considering the only past papers that are available are one specimen of each component?

    Thanks very much!

    • Mr Allsop says:

      I don’t teach Cold War for Paper 4 (I do Europe of the Dictators), but for Paper 3 I find a combination of the Heinemann History textbook by Steve Phillips and the Martin McCauley book to provide a sound base. For deeper historiography it’s worth reading Ralph B. Levering and David Reynolds.

      In terms of past papers, the Teacher Support section of the CIE website now has the Specimen Paper alongside past papers from Summer and Winter 2015. As each session has three time zones, that means there are currently 6 past papers available, plus the specimen. The three papers from this summer will probably be online in September.

  13. Arjun Biju says:

    Hi Mr.Allsop, I would like to know what should we do as projects for paper 4 of the CIE exam of 2018?

    • Mr Allsop says:

      I’m not really sure what you mean by ‘projects’. Paper 4 in 2018 will be the same as the past two years’ Paper 4s (i.e. a choice of two questions on the chosen Depth Study).

  14. Shiza says:

    Hello Mr Allsop! I was wondering if you’d tell me the required minimum length of the 40 mark essay. Should it be roughly 4 sides? 5? I’m a little perplexed as to how long my essay should really be

    • Mr Allsop says:

      That’s a difficult question to answer, as everyone writes at different speeds and in different ways. For example, you could write pages and pages of content but not in correct style for a CIE Paper 4 exam. The advice I give to my students is that your answer should be roughly three-times the length of a Paper 1 Part (c) question. Paper 4 is, in many ways, just a Part (c) ‘how far’ question in one hour. On Paper 1 you have 20 minutes to answer that, so in an hour you should be looking to write approximately three times the amount. You should take time to plan your answer to begin, though.

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