Welcome to Mr Allsop History . com

Mr Allsop History . com is a FREE 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.

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.

Please click here for the daily ‘on this day in history’ podcast.

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95 Responses to Welcome to Mr Allsop History . com

  1. Maya Bhagat says:

    Dear Mr. Allsop,
    I really don’t have words to describe how much your podcasts have helped me! I am immensely grateful to you.
    I am going to be sitting for the exam in October 2015. Do you have any tips on how to plan revision for the core and depth study content? Is it better to make notes at this point or just read and understand the material? What do you think is a ballpark figure as to how many papers to solve overall?

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Maya,

      Thank you for taking the time to write to me. I’m glad you’ve found my website and podcasts helpful so far. It’s difficult to advise on *how* to revise as everyone is different and prefers different techniques. However, I give a range of suggested revision techniques at the start of each podcast. In terms of dividing it up, obviously spend longer on the bits you’re not familiar with and/or don’t like as much. Too many students go over the bits they know, or the bits they enjoy, and neglect the areas that actually need the work. Look closely at the exam weightings – Paper 1 is worth 40% of the overall mark, of which just over 26% is from the Core. So spend 26% of your time revising the Core content. Meanwhile, Paper 2 is worth 33% and is drawn from a Core topic. That means you should spend around 33% of your time looking at source technique and the core topic for Paper 2. Use the data help you plan your revision schedule.

      As for writing past papers, the only answer is that there is no answer. The more you do, the better!

      Good luck!
      Scott Allsop

      • Maya Bhagat says:

        Thank you for replying to my earlier message.
        It sounds risky… but is it an option to be well-versed with, say, 5 of the 7 core topics well and not be as familiar with the other two since there is an option on Paper 1? Or will learning all the topics well help in questions that slightly overlap with the different sections?

        • Mr Allsop says:

          You’re right that there is some choice on Paper 1, so it is theoretically possible to answer Paper 1 a miss out topics you are not as familiar with. There is, however, the risk that the topics you choose miss out are the ones that come up in the paper. I personally think that this is unlikely, though, because the questions in the past have been split as two from the International Relations 1919-1939 topic, and two from 1945 onwards. I should add that there is no guarantee the same split will happen again this year, but based on previous papers I suspect the pattern will continue.

          • Maya Bhagat says:

            Okay, so then it’s probably better to revise all of the core sections….Is there any specific pattern about the German depth study questions on Paper 1?
            When writing answers, is it advisable to underline your main points? Teachers have advised us for and against doing so for other subjects so I was wondering….

  2. Ab says:

    Thank you for all your help sir- I have now finished all my igcse cie history exams and your podcasts (especially the sources podcast) have really helped me in my revision so I thought I’d take a minute to thank you :)
    Ab :)

  3. Ab says:

    Hello Mr Allsop! Your podcast for the paper 2 was very useful-our teacher played it to our class a few weeks ago and it really helped. I was just wondering how you would recommend structuring the answers, especially for the 12 mark qustions. In addition, how long would you recommend the answers to be? Also, how would you distinguish between explaining the message of the source and the purpose of the source in your answer?
    I was also interested in the microphone you use for your podcasts as it sounds like a very good one ha ha!
    my paper 2 is on monday so any last minute tips would also be beneficial!
    Many thanks, Ab


  4. jeff says:

    Hey can you help with modern history mainly Nazi Germany

  5. Zibidie says:

    Hi Mr Allsop,

    i am taking my History GCSE tomorrow, im screwed Allsop mate. WHat am i gunna do? i havnt revised anything. give me some help mann! Any pointers

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Zibidie
      Unfortunately there’s not really many pointers I can give you if you haven’t revised for your exams with a day to go. The key thing is to read the question, remember to answer ‘why’ questions with PEE paragraphs that are explained in many of my podcasts, and write balanced answers (i.e. answers that look at both sides of the argument) if you are asked ‘how far’ you agree with something. Those are the best technique tips I can give. In terms of subject knowledge, you are going to have to revisit your topics as best you can to secure enough details to support your answers with sufficient evidence. My podcasts might be a starter, but at this point I’d strongly advise creating timelines of key events for each topic today to help you revise those events and visualise how they fit together.

  6. HEY MR ALLSOP! You’ve been missed immensely at school in Cairo! At the moment I’m trying to tackle paper 4 after the change in syllabus, could you please make any podcasts to help us understand how its answered ? The 40 mark question! Thank you so much! Its very urgent as out exam is after tomorrow :(

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Mariam
      Good to hear from you. I’m afraid that I won’t be producing a Paper 4 podcast this year as I’ve been focusing on other curriculum areas. However, the question will effectively want you to write an extended version of Paper 1 part (c) answer. The topic is likely to be quite narrowly focused, so ensure you’ve revised your depth study really well. Then it’s a case of providing both agreement and disagreement before reaching a conclusion. In this longer answer you may want to write a brief introduction in which you outline your argument as well, in order to give some direction to the reader.
      Good luck with this and the rest of your exams.

      • Alright thank you, ill try my best to focus on the case study, do you have any tips on how to write the intro? Will it affect our marks how we write it?

        • Mr Allsop says:

          Including an introduction (or not including one) won’t affect your mark in any way. It just helps to show the direction that your argument will take when you write a longer answer. The key thing is maintaining a balanced argument supported by accurate a detailed evidence, and then presenting a justified conclusion. Knowing how you wrote last year I’m sure you’ll do absolutely brilliantly, as long as you follow those basic techniques we covered :)

          • Thank you so much for the help Mr. allsop, it was actually a fairly easy exam!

          • Mr Allsop says:

            That’s great news, Mariam. Good luck for the rest of your exams.

  7. fred says:

    Hi there
    I have listened to your podcasts on Germany for gcse history and I was just wondering if you have any for medicine through time for gcse history ?

  8. Emma says:

    It’s me again — just a quick question about the AS Cambridge paper 2 part b question (9389).
    When coming to a conclusion, do I need to agree with one of the sides or do I just say that there are points for both sides (eg something along the lines of: In conclusion, there are points that support the statement that …. as well as points that disagree with it — obviously better written than this!)? Do I need to include a personal opinion at any point?

    Is this a correct structure?


    .point 1
    argument that supports statement
    argument that opposes statement
    some kind of mini conclusion

    .point 2

    .point 3

    .point 4


    Sorry for all the questions! I realise I’ve been using a very IGCSE- like structure for my AS essays with all the points for and then all the points against and a final conclusion. It helped me so much to listen to your podcast! I cannot thank you enough!

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Emma, and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. The key part of a CIE AS 9389 Paper 2 part b answer is the running analysis, so if you’re making judgements throughout your essay then you will already have set yourself in a good place. However, you still need to give an overall opinion otherwise you haven’t actually answered the question and cannot get the higher levels. It goes without saying that there are points that agree with each side, but you should reach a decisive opinion in your conclusion. I also teach my students to say what they are going to conclude in their introduction – it’s known as a ‘thesis statement’ and provides direction to your essay.

  9. Emma says:

    Hello Mr Allsop!

    Your podcasts really helped me through IGCSE and I was so glad to find that there were podcasts for the new Cambridge AS syllabus. However, I can’t seem to find any on the USA (the old paper 5) :/ Any chance some can be uploaded?

    Many thanks!

    • Mr Allsop says:

      I’m afraid that I don’t teach the USA option, so I haven’t got any plans to create podcasts on this topic.

  10. Mervyn says:

    Hi Mr. Allsop, thank you for helping me with my AS revision. Your podcast has helped so much! I was wondering, since 9389 is still a new syllabus for CIE, and resources are still limited, are there going to be any new material for A2 topics. I am doing Europe of the dictators and The Cold War. And I am trying my best to find materials related directly to the syllabus, which is almost impossible. This also troubles me because it is hard to do my essay plans. Any help from you would be awesome!

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Mervyn,
      Thanks for your message. I’m very sorry to say that I don’t have any plans to create any CIE 9389 A2 resources/materials this year, as I’m committed to finishing the series for the new IGCSE syllabus. However, your topics are very popular at this level – I suggest looking for both A Level and IB revision materials on these topics, as I’m confident there will be lots of IB ones on other sites. The assessment is obviously different, but the historical content will be the same.

  11. Bronwyn says:

    Hi Mr Allsop

    I have found your website so valuable in my teaching of CIE History at both IGCSE and AS Level. So thank you so much for being a valuable assistant to my students! I do have one comment however: your podcasts are amazing, so clearly presented but both myself and my students have found the background music on them very off-putting. We find ourselves focusing on the music rather than what you have to say and it takes effort to focus instead on your voice. I’m not sure if others have made similar comments at all and not sure what if anything can be done but just thought it would be constructive feedback.

    Regards Bronwyn

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Bronwyn,
      Thanks for your message and for taking the time to write. The background music is the most divisive issue that people raise with the podcasts: some people love it, others hate it! I conducted a poll on Twitter and Facebook a few months ago and the consensus was to keep the music, so I have done. However, I am currently remixing a number of podcasts without music and putting them on YouTube – you might find these to be helpful. The ones that have already been done can be found on my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/mrallsop

  12. Zeyad Hussein says:

    Hello Mr. Allsop,
    May you please upload a podcast advising us how to answer the new IGCSE paper four? All our class finds this paper really hard.
    Thank you!
    Zeyad Hussein

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Zeyad
      Good to hear from you, and I hope that everyone in the class is doing well. I’m afraid that I don’t plan to create a podcast on the IGCSE Paper 4 this year as I’m working on the Gulf 1970-2000 podcasts instead. However, Paper 4 is really just a long version of question (c) from Paper 1. You are obviously expected to include much more detailed evidence, but the structure is effectively the same: argument in favour, argument against, conclusion. You can create much more complex and academic answers by producing a ‘running analysis’ but the idea is the same: a balanced argument with an overall judgement. If you want advice on how to write a running analysis you could listen to my podcast on how to answer AS Paper 2 Part (b).

      • Ab says:

        Hello Sir,
        I was reading your comment and was just inquisitive as to what a ‘running analysis’ is- I have the cie paper 4 tomorrow so I just thought I’d visit your extraordinary website for last minute tips!

        • Mr Allsop says:

          Hi Ab. A ‘running analysis’ is where instead of dividing your essay into two halves (agree/disagree) you instead identify a different broad theme for each paragraph and divide each paragraph to show the two sides of the argument. It’s explained in full in my AS History Paper 2 Part b podcast although, based on my understanding of the IGCSE Paper 4 markscheme, you should be able to still gain top marks without using this technique. Since the exam is tomorrow and you have presumably never written a running analysis I think you need to be very cautious about trying something new in your exam without having done it before.

      • Zeyad Hussein says:

        Thank you very much sir! I found the running analysis idea to be very useful, especially with paper 4.

        • Mr Allsop says:

          That’s great, Zeyad. Good luck with Paper 4, and please send my best wishes to the rest of the class :)

  13. SofiaSantana says:

    Hi! I think it would be really useful for those students sitting the Paper 2 exam, if you could give some tips on how to answer those questions or perhaps even show some possible model answers. Thank you so much for your attention.

  14. Celine MacDonald says:

    Hi MrAllsop,

    I’m Celine MacDonald from South Africa. I was wondering if you could please perhaps help me?
    I’m doing IGCSE from Cambridge. I would like to know if you could please perhaps cover The Inter-War Years, 1919-39? and maybe also the 1945-2000 please?
    Thank You for you time and help.


  15. Yusraa says:

    Hi Mr Allsop. My name is Yusraa 15 from Finchley, London, and I just want to thank you loads for taking time to record these podcasts for our use. Ever since I discovered this site, my grade in history has boosted from a weak “B” to a strong “A”. I am also a candidate for this year’s May/June 2015 examination and hope to excel thanks to you! Wish Me Luck … THANKS AGAIN :)

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Yusraa,
      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I’m really pleased that you have found my website helpful. Good luck with your revision and for your exams this summer, and please pass on details of http://www.mrallsophistory.com to your friends if you think they will find it helpful :)

  16. Aashish says:


    Firstly, thank you so much for these wonderful resources they have been a great help for my first batch of IGCSE History students. All of them passed out with straight flying colors in History in May 2014 exams.

    I need help in how to attempt the IGCSE Paper 4 which has been restructured this year. The students are expected to write just one 40 marks answer. I am not much concerned about the content but about the structure of the answer. Can you help in this case? My students are getting ready for the May June exam this year and we have finished out depth studies topic [USA between 1919-1941) we need to now practice for the papers.

    Once again, thank you so much you have been a great help we just can’t thank you enough.


    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Aashish,
      Thank you for your message. I’m really pleased that you and your students have found my website to be helpful. As you say, the IGCSE Paper 4 has changed significantly for this summer’s exams. I’m not an examiner this year and so don’t have access to any more information than what is already available in the syllabus and on the CIE forums. I am not currently planning to create guidance podcast this year as I don’t want to risk misguiding people in case my understanding of the markscheme is wrong. Having said that, a detailed read of the specimen markscheme gives good guidance on exactly what is required. If I am able to access more information prior to the exam then I certainly will prepare a resource.

      All the best,

      • Aashish says:


        Thank you for the reply the fact that you took out time and responded also means a lot to us. Could you help us with some podcast on the topic Why were the events in the Gulf important – 1970 to 2000?

  17. Marie K says:

    Dear Mr. Allsop,
    I’d like to thank you for your amazing website. Even though as a German student I am not familiar with the terms GCSE or IB diploma, your podcasts helped a great deal with my bilingual studies on the history of Germany for my Abitur. Thanks so much! I will make sure to recommend this website to my peers and teachers.

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Marie,
      Thanks for taking the time to get in touch. I hope your studies went/are going well!

  18. Toluo says:

    Sir, your work is brilliant and extremely helpful

  19. Malissa M says:

    Your website and podcasts are amazing, they’ve helped me get As throughout the last 2 years and I was hoping you could create podcasts on A Level European Dictators? Honestly, this website is everything for History!

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Malissa,
      Many thanks for your message. I do plan to create podcasts on the European Dictators aimed at A Level students, but first I will be completing the podcasts on the French Revolution and Italian Unification. It’s unlikely that A Level podcasts on the dictators will appear until next academic year, although you may find the ones on Hitler’s Germany to be useful for gaining general background information.

  20. Lea says:

    Hi, I really like your website:) I was wondering if you could make a podcast on how to approach the 40 mark question for the IGCSE History paper in 2015. The syllabus has changed and now we have a choice of answering one of two 40 mark questions from our chosen depth study. Thanks:)

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Lea. Thanks for your message. I will be adding a new ‘how to answer Paper 4’ podcast later in the year. I’m just waiting to see specimen papers and markschemes from CIE so that I can give accurate advice :)

  21. Kush says:

    Hi , I really needed help in studying the Russian revolution so if you could somehow add a podcast about it with tips and tricks to answer some past paper questions…
    Thanx Kush

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi. The Russian Revolution is on my ‘to do’ list for this year, although I probably won’t start working on them until February at the earliest.

  22. Maisie Liang says:

    You are truly amazingggggg!!! The podcasts you created are so effective for my studies as I do the IGCSE’s. I went from having a predicted grade of E for the first year to now achieving an A* at the final exam, and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and dedication to this website! Thank you so much :)

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Maisie
      Thanks so much for your message. I’m sure that your achievement was actually down to your own hard work and guidance from your teacher, but it makes me feel good that you feel my podcasts helped in some small way. Good luck with your future studies :)

  23. shahrin says:

    Mr Allsop just wondering is the podcast on the Italian unification series completed yet? Im assuming you will be continuing on the Garibaldi’s exploits in Sicily and Naples. BTW I’m teaching AS/A-level CIE 9389 and have found your site so useful for teaching and learning history. Wondering if you could add podcast on France in Napoleonic Era and also skills in source-based question.

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Shahrin,
      Thanks for your message a- it’s always great to hear from fellow teachers who have found my site to be helpful. This year I certainly plan to finish the Italian Unification podcast series, and add an episode on Napoleonic France to that series since the CIE specification now covers up to 1815. In the meantime you may want to check out Mr Podesta’s incredibly good podcast series on Italian Unification for the OCR A Level at http://www.onedamnthing.org.uk/italy/ It’s more detailed than students need for CIE, and also doesn’t yet cover the whole period, but it is an excellent resource. My creating something specific for the CIE Source Skills paper is a good idea – people seem to have found my IGCSE podcasts on sources helpful, so an AS one is probably worth adding. I’ll put it on my ‘to do’ list!

      • shahrin says:

        Thanks for the reply and keep up the great work!

  24. Adrian says:

    Fantastic website, thank you so much. We have been listeneng to a few podcasts on the way to school. Would it be possible to display a timeline in a table to put the podcasts in order. I say a table, as the podcasts are a different levels. Or a list in order would be really helpful. THANKS AGAIN

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Adrian
      Thanks for your message. The podcasts are currently listed in chronological order by topic (i.e. if you click on International Relations 1919-1939 it starts with the Treaty of Versailles and ends with the outbreak of WW2). Podcasts and videos that fit into multiple topics will also come up in chronological order depending on which topic you selected. However, creating a timeline is a great idea – e.g. having GCSE podcasts above the line and A Level below, or something like that. I’ll look into that, although it could take a while as I currently have a few actual podcasts to finish recording first.

  25. Chrisyl says:

    Your website is truly wonderful Mr Allsop, it has helped me greatly with my History GCSE. I revise by creating notes from what you say and my German Depth Study and International Relations paper went so so well! I am currently studying for my British Depth Study exam tomorrow, thank you for all the revision material!

  26. mamuch john says:

    Hello Mr Allsop
    Thank you for all the hard work you have done in creating all these revision podcasts and videos for students such as myself to have a chance in passing exams. I’m a South Sudanese living in Nairobi Kenya East Africa. I have been doing IGCSE system here for the past three years. I found your website a year ago. Before then I had no hope in taking history because of the vast notes but when I found your website my interest in no longer taking history changed and from that day onward I didn’t just like history I love it and tomorrow date 16 of June 2014 I will be doing the first paper. I wrote this comment to thank you. Now I have the confidence to pass. You have been quite a teacher Sir. Keep up the good work.

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful message. It’s made me incredibly happy to know that my podcasts have helped in some small way to develop your understanding and love for History. I hope that your exams go well, and wish you all the best in the future.

      • Asser Taher says:

        So lucky to have you as my teacher Mr Allsop. Your website is very helpful and the podcasts are an extremely good way to study the information. Keep it going sir.

        • Mr Allsop says:

          Thanks, Asser. Good luck with everything next year :)

  27. Nana Ama Temeng says:

    Great website very useful in revision. I was wondering if there are any other websites you would recommend for IB or A-level revision seeing as most of your revision is IGCSE AND GCSE. Also, I was wondering if you had anything on Hitler and Mussolini’s foreign policy. Thanks

    • Mr Allsop says:

      I am currently focusing on creating more A Level and IB revision podcasts since, as you say, a lot of the content here is aimed at GCSE or IGCSE. The IB and A Level sections are definitely growing though – keep an eye out for more episodes this year, or you can subscribe using the links at the top of the page.

  28. Sara says:

    Hi great revision material but please can you remove the background music , quite distracting or could you replace it for something more suitable for revision like baroque music or something

  29. meela says:

    how do you use them for revision? do you just listen to it or take notes at the same time? sorry for the questions but I just cant seem to remember all the facts for my gcse exam and I really need a good technique to study. Thankyou for your time.

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Meela

      Different people like to revise in different way, so I’ll be interested to see what suggestions other users have. At the start of each podcast I give suggestions of revision techniques that you might try. Things you might like to try are using information to make flashcards, draw mindmaps of the themes discussed in each podcast, or create tables to compare the two sides of an argument.

      Some people like to just listen to the podcasts when they’re travelling, but I think it’s important to do something active with the content rather than just passively trying to soak it in. Creating something gets different parts of your brain to work, and so makes retention of information much more effective.

  30. Rhyd says:

    Great info. The soundtrack in the background needs to be changed “I predict a riot”

  31. Molly says:

    It would be really good if you did American Civil Rights 1945-1968 which I am currently studying at AS Level, but thank you for all the stuff on Russia – it’s really helping me revise for my mock exams next week!

  32. Leeza says:

    Dear Mr Allsop,

    Your website is GREAT! It saved my life during GCSE’s and it could save me again if there was some revision material on the OCR French Nation State course (1498-1610) and Charlemagne’s wars for the coursework part.

    Many thanks.

  33. Andrea says:

    Truly this website was a blessing because I was so scared. I am currently about to take my mock IGCSE exams in China, Shenzhen. Thank you so much for your website!

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Andrea. Thank you for your message, and I’m glad you found the website helpful for doing your revision. Good luck with your mocks.

  34. mariam gabalawy says:

    We are very lucky to have you as a teacher at our school, honestly im finding history extremely easier to understand than the rest of my difficult ig subjects! And this website is very use full thank you.

  35. izzy says:

    Please do Russia under Stalin and Lenin. These podcasts helped so much at GCSE, would love them for A-Level.

  36. MYK says:

    Truly an amazing website! The podcasts are greatly appreciated.
    Are there any podcasts in the depth study: CUBA AND VIETNAM. Since that is our depth study (sourcework) paper for finals.

    Kind regards

  37. Brixie says:

    Can you do Communist Russia under Lenin and Stalin please? Your GCSE podcasts got me that A*, would love to have them for A-Level too.

    • mrallsop says:

      I don’t currently have any plans to create podcasts on Communist Russia under Lenin and Stalin, but do have links to some useful videos that cover this period of time in the Russia and the USSR 1905-1941 category.

  38. Kayla says:

    Am struggling with The Unification of Italy & Germany
    The Origins of World War 1 and The Industrial Revolution in the UK
    Is it possible to help me out

  39. Lulu says:

    Hi can you do some podcasts on USA so the race issue and foreign policies please??? The Germany podcasts have been really helpful!!!

  40. cool says:

    Brilliant website. Apperciate your effort for making history easy to understand. Keep it up and thank you :) :)

  41. alex says:

    thanks for the website the pod casts have helped a lot :)

  42. Arnav says:

    This is a great history revision website and I hope to share this site with my students.

  43. aniqa says:

    Your podcasts are amazing!
    can you please cover the impact of ww1 1914-1918?
    and the impact of ww1 on social change and reform?

  44. Ian says:

    Superb website!!! I am so glad I saw this one. Used to get low A’s in history now I probably will get an A*! Thank you so much.

  45. Ato says:

    Can you please cover all of the 1848 revolutions next?

    • mrallsop says:

      Hi there. I assume you mean the revolutions in other European countries beyond the German states? If so, I’ll add them to my ‘to do’ list!

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