Welcome to Mr Allsop History . com

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.




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155 Responses to Welcome to Mr Allsop History . com

  1. Ali says:

    Hello
    I had my IGCSE History Paper 2 yesterday.
    I think the sources were made up (well at least some)
    Is that possible?

    • Mr Allsop says:

      That would be highly unlikely. There are thousands of sources available on modern world history topics, so why would the examiner go to the effort of making them up? Even if they were ‘made up’, it wouldn’t affect how you evaluate them.

  2. Bj Taiwo says:

    Do you Teach at Cambridge Mr Allsop

    • Mr Allsop says:

      No, I currently teach at an international school in Romania but have taught the CIE IGCSE for eight years. I completed my History degree and my PGCE at Cambridge though.

  3. Alexa says:

    Hi Mr Allsop.

    Are there any notes/techniques on the A2 source paper? It’s only in its second year and I can’t find anything online. The podcast you did for AS was great and helped a lot. Are there any on how to approach the 2 question?

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Alexa
      I’m afraid I don’t know of any online guidance for Paper 3, and don’t have time to create anything myself in time for this year’s exams. I strongly suggest getting a copy of the examiner’s report from your teacher and studying that to identify the common pitfalls.

  4. Tanaka Shuujiro says:

    Hey Mr allsop,

    Im need some help on my gsce revison this summer. Can you recommend me some cool websites that can help me to revise. I feel as if i am lacking in OK (own knowledge). Prefrebly they go in to some smashing detail about hitler and the germany. Weimar. Also do you now where i can get some O-Level past papers. I heard that O-Levels where harder than GCSEs back in the day so i am wondering if any are available.

    Arigato
    Tanaka

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Tanaka. I would strongly recommend a subscription to http://www.activehistory.co.uk and also using the materials from http://www.johndclare.net on Weimar and Nazi Germany – alongside the resources on this website of course 😉

      Regarding O Level papers, I can’t advise you on that though I would question why you need to use them when there is such a wealth of GCSE and IGCSE papers. They also may not be geared towards the type of questions you will face, so would be of little use.

  5. Salman says:

    Hi, I needed some help in the As level Paper 2. So, I have carefully read and heard your podcast regarding making themes and counter arguing and maintaining a sustained judgement. I am going to give an outline over here if you could tell me if its right or wrong would be wonderful.
    IF the question is: War was the most important reason for political instability in France from 1789-1795? How far do you agree.
    I will start with the thesis statement stating for example that it was not the revolutionary wars rather the radicals who are responsible for political instability in France.
    Then my first theme could be Louis the 16th and his indecisiveness and inefficiency in handling matters which led to political instability. I will advocate in favour of that. Then next paragraph my counter argument to that will be that Louis was quite responsible but it was the rise of the radicals that really destabilised the situation in France for X, Y and Z reasons.. Then the mini conclusion stating that it is the radicals which should be held more responsible.
    Then the next theme I can take from the question which are the wars.. I can advocate in favour of them causing political instability in france and give reasons for that.. The counter argument to this can be again that its actually the radicals who committed themselves to these wars and if they were not there its possible France might not have fought these wars and political instability may not have existed. Then the mini conclusion stating again that the radicals are more responsible.
    Like this I make another theme regarding the economic problems and then follow the same pattern I have above..
    Then the grand conclusion summarising the points and ending with what I said in the thesis statement.
    Is this how I am supposed to go about it? You will really resolve the confusion in my head. Please let me know.

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Salman,
      I’m not really in a position to provide detailed feedback as you are not one of my own students, but your plan outlined above is a very sensible approach. You identify a number of factors and show how they may be responsible, but then point out that they were less responsible than another. This is the secret of a ‘sustained judgement’ and assuming you can cover all the points in the available time this would work well.

  6. Tino Mujenge says:

    I passed my IGCSE history with a staggering 78% B. Thanks for your podcasts! Keep making them now i am currently doing AS history.

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Tino,
      Thanks for your message. I’m really pleased you found my podcasts helpful when you were studying for IGCSE History. Good luck with your AS.

  7. Karen Blackburn says:

    Mr. Allsop, thank you for your website. I home educate my daughter who will be taking CIE IGCSE History in May. Do you have any resources on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict 1948 onwards? I have not been able to find anything so far.
    It is my understanding that there will be a question on this topic in the forthcoming May examination.
    Many thanks,

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Thanks for your message. The Israel-Palestine conflict is an optional Depth Study so will be on the exam alongside other Depth Studies. I teach my students Germany 1918-45, so don’t currently have any materials for the other options.

  8. Varhsa Dillikar says:

    Also can I get sample questionnaire for Depth studies paper 4-Germany-1919-45, based on 2015 sample(40 mark question)? So that I can revise with my kids

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Past papers are available on the teacher’s portal of the CIE website – your exams officer or local centre should be able to provide log in details for you.

  9. Varhsa Dillikar says:

    Hi Mr.Allsop,
    My students are giving their IGCSE-0470 History paper in the month of May 2016,
    do you have any suggestion for revision related to the Gulf wars.Are there any good notes available online?

  10. Akshata Kakolu says:

    Hi Mr.Allsop,
    Can you recommend a few ways to practice source questions for the 2016 June examinations as we have no past papers to refer to?

    • Mr Allsop says:

      CIE Paper 2 primarily assesses your source analysis skills. Although knowledge of the Gulf 1970-2000 is important to understand the context of the sources, working on any past Paper 2 will be useful. You may find my Succeeding at Sourcework podcast useful for general advice about different types of source question.

  11. JANA ALANATI says:

    Hello, I am going to take this exam this June; however, I’m unsure wether I should take the GCSE (edexcel) or the IGCSE (Cambridge) – correct me if im wrong – , which do u recommend? Since they are equivalent.
    Thank you in advance.

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Jana
      You’re right that the qualifications are viewed as equivalent, but the course content and styles of assessment may be vastly different. There will probably be some overlaps, but you really should work to the specific syllabus for the exam board you choose. I have more experience with the CIE IGCSE course and know that the resources on this site are completely appropriate for it.

  12. Marwan Seoudi says:

    Hi Mr allsop

    I am not sure you would remember me but you taught me back in Year 8 MES. I would like to thank you for these amazing podcasts about the Gulf they helped me to a huge extent in my mocks.

    Marwan

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Marwan, great to hear from you. I’m really glad that you found my podcasts helpful, and hope that you continue to enjoy your History lessons!

  13. hi, I am due to do a history mock exam tomorrow on all of the cold war topics I have looked at your podcasts on my phone and cannot seem to find all of the topics I need to revise other than the quick overviews. is there anymore that I am missing if so please would you be able to tell me where I could find these

    • Mr Allsop says:

      It’s difficult to reply to your message as you haven’t said which topics you are looking for. I cover the full period of the Cold War – if you go to the Cold War > Podcasts section of the menu you will find all of them from 1945-1991. They are listed over a number of pages, however, so make sure that you click the link at the bottom of Page 1 of the listings to see more.

      • Thankyou for your help I have now already sorted my mock exam for the Cold War and I am soon to sit one on unit 3a war and transformation of British society 1903-28 do happen to have any podcasts on ‘the part played by British on the western front’

        • Mr Allsop says:

          I’m afraid I don’t have much on the British contribution to the war as it’s not a topic I have ever taught at GCSE level. You will find a variety of resources related to the war in general in the First World War category and some of these may be useful. I do have a reasonable amount of stuff on Britain during this period, however, filed under Britain c1903-1928.

          • Thank you for always replying with a useful response. Also your podcasts have been a very useful revision resource so thank you for making my revision a hell of a lot easier 🙂

  14. Muhammad Sami says:

    hi im preparing for history , can As be prepared in 3 months..help, suggestions will be appreciated..thanks

    • Mr Allsop says:

      If you mean you aim to learn and master the knowledge and skills required for AS Level in 3 months I think you’ll find it very challenging, especially if you are studying other subjects alongside it. You could certainly get to grips with the key issues, but the development of essay technique and source analysis is likely to take much longer.

  15. Daniella says:

    Hi Mr Allsop

    Thanks for the wonderful site – got an excellent grade at AS using these resources.

    Fro A2, would you have anything on Mao’s China by any chance or would you consider putting up anything on this topic?

    Many thanks!

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Daniella,

      I used to teach Mao’s China for IB and so it is a topic that I coudl potentially create some podcasts on in the future. However, I’m focusing at the moment on other topics which I currently teach (including the new IGCSE syllabus) so am afraid that I’m unlikely to do anything in the near future.

  16. Shaan says:

    Hi again. This time I want to specify already that my question is relating A-levels GCSE.
    The exam skill paper 2 you have mentioned on this website, is that for A-levels GCSE? If yes, then you have mentioned how they need to give sustained judgment.. But that gets very difficult to do beyond Napoleon’s question which you have mentioned. I hope you understand my question. On the other hand, if that answer structure is not for A-levels then the question is useless but It’ll get a lot clearer for me. Thank you again for your help.

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Shaan. I have different ‘Paper 2’ exam skills podcasts – one podcast for CIE IGCSE Paper 2 and two separate ones for each type of question on the CIE AS Paper 2 (part a and part b). I assume you are talking about CIE AS History Paper 2 Part b, since that is the one where I discuss sustained judgement with reference to Napoleon.

      I’m not really sure what you are asking, since to get the best marks in Paper 2 Part b a must must show a sustained judgement. The topic doesn’t matter – it could be a debate over who was responsible for the outbreak of the First World War, how far the Tsar was responsible for his own downfall, or whether France’s internal or external enemies were the biggest threat to the Revolution. Whatever the question topic, the student must present a sustained judgement in order to get the highest marks. This means putting forward a thesis statement in the introduction and ensuring that each paragraph is presented thematically in which evidence is given on both sides of the argument. The student must analyse the evidence in each theme and show how it supports their thesis.

      You’re right that it is challenging – this is why it is these answers that earn the highest marks. It is of course possible to use a less complex structure and still present a balanced argument, but this would achieve a lower level.

      I hope that’s helpful.

      • Shaan says:

        That is definitely helpful. I do understand what you are saying. I was looking for this clarification. Thank you for always replying so promptly and aptly.

  17. Jess says:

    Hi Mr Allsop.

    I’m doing A2 History at the moment and was wondering if you could help me find some resources on the Industrial Revolution?

    Thank you,
    Jess

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Jess. Thanks for your message. I’m afraid I don’t know of any Industrial Revolution revision sites for A2.

      • Jess says:

        Thanks Mr Allsop. Your website is invaluable. 🙂

        Jess

  18. Daanyal Adam says:

    hello Mr Allsop , i need to know how many pages do i need to write on paper 4 which is 40 marks ?

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Daanyal
      I’m afraid that question is impossible to answer – you write as much as you can in the time available. Your answer must be structured and balanced, and should include detailed evidence to support your points on each side of the argument. The question style is similar to Paper 1 question C, but you have 3 times as long to write it (queaton C should take about 20 minutes, but on Paper 4 you have 60 minutes). Therefore you could assume that your answer should be three times as long as your answers to Paper 1 question C.

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