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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149 Responses to Welcome to Mr Allsop History . com

  1. 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.


    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.


    • 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!

  10. 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 🙂

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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,

    • 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. 🙂


  15. 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.

  16. Maya Bhagat says:

    Mr. Allsop, how do you attempt the questions on paper 2 which ask ‘how far does Source X prove Source Y right/is lying?’
    Also, what is the difference between assessing a source for reliability and an evaluation? Which is necessary for the 12-mark question?
    If the question asks what the message of a source is and there are two conflicting ones, should we explain both?
    What’s a good way to check a source paper?

  17. Shaan says:

    Hi, I am teaching History and I cannot begin to explain how helpful your knowledge and hard work has been. Thank you for your contribution.
    I understand that you’re not working on Paper 4 right now but I’d really appreciate if you could guide me a little how the students should attempt the 30 mark questions. How do you end up using the in depth knowledge? Just a little guide will help me a lot. Thank you so much

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Thanks for your message. As you say I’m not currently in the process of writing a Paper 4 podcast, but there will hopefully be one in time for January. I’m not sure which 30 mark question you mean, as Paper 4 is scored out of 40 marks. The best thing to do is to read the examiner’s report for the June exam, which is now available through the Teacher Portal on the CIE website. Together with the mark schemes (also available on the CIE website) you will be able to get a very clear idea of what the examiner expects.

      • Shaan says:

        Thanks for your reply. Paper 4 has two questions 30 marks each. The exam is 60 marks which makes 30% of the entire weightage. The 40 mark question is Paper 3. The extract based exam.
        Anyway, I will definitely look into the examiner’s report and make sense out of what they were exactly looking for. Thank you again.

        • Mr Allsop says:

          Ah. please accept my apologies. I’m so used to people messaging me about the IGCSE Paper 4 that I didn’t consider that you were referring to the A2! The examiner’s report is actually really helpful for this paper, as it reinforces the need for balanced and clearly argued theses. In particular it strongly advises setting out a clear introduction and sticking to that argument throughout the essay. I’m consequently doing a lot of work with my students on crafting concise but clear thesis statements.

          • Shaan says:

            That’s actually my bad. Should have specified I was talking about A2. Sorry about that. Okay, so the introduction becomes extremely important in sort of outlining the entire answer. I definitely will look at the examiner reports as well. They are quite helpful. Thank you again for taking out time.

  18. Radha says:

    The resources are very useful and students friendly…Thanks a lot.

  19. Mervyn says:

    Thank you Mr Allsop for the amazing podcasts. I am doing my A2 exams this November and I have been listening to your podcasts on Hitler’s Germany and it is immensely helpful. The only problem is that I cannot find any resources on how to deal with the Interpretations question for the CIE exam board. The topic I am covering for this paper would be the Origins of the Cold War 1941-1950. Any he would be greatly appreciated. Would you also happen to know where I will be able to find sources and extracts that I can work on for this paper?


    • Mr Allsop says:

      Hi Mervyn,

      I’m not teaching the interpretations paper this year, so I’m afraid I don’t currently plan to provide revision materials on this website. For sources, I suggest looking at the #coldwarhist hashtag on Twitter as there are often a range of interesting materials that come up there.

  20. 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….

          • Mr Allsop says:

            There is no need to underline your main points. I’ve taught the course for many years and my students have performed very well without ever doing so.
            There is less of a clear pattern about the Germany depth study questions. There are some general themes, but past papers have not stuck rigidly to them:
            * Weimar Germany 1919-29
            * Rise of Hitler 1923-1933
            * Nazi Control of Germany 1933-1945
            * Life in Nazi Germany 1933-1945

        • arya jumde says:

          Hello, Mr. Allsop
          I am going to write my history exam tomorrow, which is 4th October.
          I found the time worth being spent in listening to your podcasts, most of the concepts are now clear to me, and especially The Gulf 1970-2000.
          Thank you.

          • Mr Allsop says:

            Hi Arya
            Thanks for taking the time to write. I’m really pleased that you found my history revision podcasts helpful, and hope your exam went well.

        • arya jumde says:

          Hi Maya,
          Best Of Luck for tomorrow.

      • Tino Mujenge says:

        Do all your podcasts cover international relations for the 20th century

        and what depth study is advisible to do

  21. 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 🙂

  22. 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


  23. jeff says:

    Hey can you help with modern history mainly Nazi Germany

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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