Overview of HG Syllabus and Summer Assignment



Nations, Empires, Nationalities (from 1789 to the end of the First World War)


Theme 1: Revolutionary Europe and the US Experience

1: The French Revolution and Empire: a New Conception of the Nation

2: Europe between Restoration and Revolution (1814-48)

3: Meanwhile in America…


Theme 2: France and the US – Politics and Societies

4: The Second Republic and the Second Empire

5: Crisis of the Republic – American Civil War

6: Industrialization: Economic and Social Transformation in France and the USA


Theme 3: France and the US – Politics and Society to 1914

7: Consolidating the Republican Regime

8: Continuity and Change in French and US Society, 1870-1914

9: American and French Imperialism


Theme 4: WW1 – The Suicide of Europe

10: Overview of WW1

11: The Home Front and Total War

12: The End of WW1 and Transition to Peace




The Dynamics of a Changing World 


Theme 1: Urbanisation: a Global Differentiated Process

1: Cities at a Global Scale: the Growing Importance of Cities

2: Unequal and Changing Cities

3: Urbanisation in France


Theme 2: Diversification of Spaces, Actors and Production Spaces

4: Production Spaces

5: Urbanisation and Coastal Productive Zones

6: France: Productive Systems – Local, European and Global


Theme 3: US Rural Spaces

7: Fragmentation, Diversification and Conflict in Rural Spaces

8: Texas Case Study


Theme 4: China: Spatial Changes

10: Development and Inequalities

11: Resources and Environments under Pressure

12: Spatial Reconfiguration: Cities, Coasts and Rural Change


Summer Assignment 2021:

Preparation for History Theme 1

HG Summer Assignment for 1°OIB 2021


1°OIB Summer assignment 2021 chps


Summer 2021 Homework Support Resources:


Crash course episode on Westward US Expansion:

Link to short video deconstructing the myth of the Alamo (3m):







Overview of T°OIB and Summer 2021 Assignment

This is the History book for obligatory background reading assignments in each chapter:

This is the corresponding Geography book for each chapter:


T°OIB Syllabus



Theme 1: Challenges to Democracy, Rise of Totalitarianism and World War II: 1929-1945

Chp1: Causes and impacts of the 1929 Crisis + Great Depression

Chp2: Totalitarian Regimes (Nazi Germany and Stalin’s USSR)

Chp3: World War Two (Survey of the war, Violence, French Experience)


Theme 2: The Post War Bi-Polar World and Challenges

Chp1: End of WW2 and Emergence of the Cold War

Chp2: A New Geopolitical Order and Emergence of the Developing World

a) Creation of Israel and the Arab Response *

b) Emergence of Mao’s China *

c) Vietnam War, 1955-63

d) French Republic and Nationalist Movements in Africa, 1954-62

e) Castro’s Cuba, 1959-62 *


Theme 3: Economic, Political and Social Changes: 1950s-91

Chp1: International Economic and Political Changes

a) Oil and Political Islam

b) Deng and Reagan

c) The Rise of the EU and Fall of the USSR

Chp2: Domestic Challenges within the USA and France from the 1950s to 2001

Pillar One: The USA

Impact of Vietnam War

Civil Rights Movement

Rise and Evolution of Conservatism

Pillar Two: Protest and Government Responses in the USA and France

1968 and Counterculture

Feminism and Women’s Rights

LGBTQ+ Rights




 Theme 1: Seas and Oceans at the Core of Globalization

-Importance of Maritime Space in globalization

-Unequal integration of territories into globalization

-Tensions between States over the control and use of maritime space (e.g. South China Sea)

Question spécifique: France and the USA – a comparison of maritime powers


Theme 2: Territorial Dynamics, Cooperation and Tensions in Globalization

-Unequal integration of territories into globalization

-The place of the USA in Globalization

-Examples of Globalization at different scales:

Local, Regional, Global

 Question spécifique: France – differentiated international influence and unequal attractiveness in globalization


Theme 3: Complex Dynamics: The European Union and Globalization

– The European Union and Globalization

Question Spécifique The differential dynamics of cross- border territories of the United States and of France in the EU. 



Summer work preparation for History Chapter One:

 Causes and Impacts of the 1929 Crisis, Great Depression and Responses


HG Summer Assignment for T°OIB 2021


Additional Resources to support Summer Work on the Great Depression :

1) Article explaining the different economic viewpoints of KEYNES and HAYEK:



2) Crash Course: Great Depression Episode



3) Crash Course: New Deal Episode








History Theme 4: Dynamics and Ruptures in 17th and 18th Century Societies

The Enlightenment

This was an intellectual and cultural movement in the 17th and 18th centuries (1600s – 1700s) which emphasized logic and reason over faith and superstition.

(Optional) Crash course episode explaining the Enlightenment:

Power Point summary of the Enlightenment and ideas of some of the philosophers:

Overview of the Enlightenment

Text and worksheet about the Enlightenment for homework complete short definitions to exercise 2 only which we can review at the start of the next lesson (use Britannica Online to help you – see access codes on Google Drive):

2.1 The Enlightenment Part 2


The American Revolution

PowerPoint Introduction to the American Revolution:

2.2 American Revolution

Chapter to read for Monday 10th May:

22.4-The American Revolution

Short Video to watch for Monday 10th May:






The European Union

The European Economic Community began in 1957 with the signing of the Treaty of Rome between the Six (Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands and the German Federal Republic). It expanded in waves during the 1970s and 1980s to incorporate the UK, Denmark, Greece, Spain and Portugal. The Maastricht Treaty (1992) created the European Union and laid the foundations for the single currency (2002).

The EU was not always as big as it is today. When European countries started to cooperate economically in 1951, only Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands participated. Over time, more and more countries decided to join. The union reached its current size of 28 member countries with the accession of Croatia on 1 July 2013. It will fall back to 27 member states when the UK left in 2020 (Brexit).

Power Points about the EU (European Union)







History: Rome – From Republic to Empire

The Romans invented myths to explain the foundation of their capital city, Rome. These myths gave Rome a divine origin and linked their history into Greek mythology. These myths were first transmitted orally then from the end of the Republic written down by poets such as Virgil. According to them, Rome was founded in 753 BC.

Originally Rome was a monarchy but in 509 BC a revolt overthrew the last king and Rome became a republic.

Under the Republic, Rome became the capital of a huge empire. When Julius Caesar, victor of the war with the Gauls, was nominated dictator for life in 44BC, a group of senators assassinated him because they feared the return of monarchy. By 27 BC, when Augustus ended the Republic, the Roman Empire extended throughout the whole Mediterranean and the Romans used myths to justify their rule.


Watch first 1m30 for a little introduction to the myth of Romulus and Remus:


T° HG Revision

Revision is essential to succeeding in an exam. You face two exams: the 4 hour written paper and the 20 minute oral exam (anticipated in early June 2022).

You must ensure you have notes for all of the key topics in the syllabus. Having comprehensive notes ensures you do not miss out on any major topics and additionally, rewriting them in your own words will further consolidate them in your mind.

There are different ways to revise depending on what type of learner you are:

Visual learners often benefit from visual content including pictures, diagrams and symbols across colour-coded notes, flashcards, posters, prezzis, PowerPoints or Mind Maps (see video below for ideas):

Auditory learners benefit through making recordings of themselves reviewing a chapter and then listening back to these recordings. Watching the many videos posted on the HG blog is also a good method of revising for auditory and visual learners (see video below about auditory learners and ways for such learners to revise – begin at the 3 minute mark):

Tactile (kinesthetic) learners may revise better through group discussions (eg a zoom call) and the physical act of writing out study and revision notes.

Make sure you look at the Key Questions for each topic to focus your revision (and try writing practise responses) and look at the Examen Blancs you have done including the feedback PowerPoints so you understand what mistake(s) to avoid.

Above all don’t panic, try to have a plan so you allow enough time to revise each of the six themes.

Here is a summary of the entire syllabus including the obligatory reading which is a good way to absorb sophisticated analytical styles of writing:

Summary of T°OIB HG Programme+Reading

Here is a collection of all chapters, chapter summaries, learning objectives and Key Questions (which are used to create the exam questions – remember, another great way to revise is by making up your own exam questions) and Key Terms:

T° OIB Theme Outlines and Vocabulary

So, don’t forget to review the EXAMEN BLANC FEEDBACK POWERPOINT below to help you avoid mistakes and make sure you know what you are facing.



History Theme 3: Economic, Political and Social Challenges (1950-1991)

Chapter 1: International Economic and Geopolitical Challenges (please go to Google Drive for all resources)

On an international scale, this chapter deals with the economic and geopolitical challenges within the context of the end of the post-war economic boom beginning in the early 1970s.

These developments coincide with major political and economic transformations: the Iranian Revolution with a focus on the rise of different forms of political Islam and their impact, (including briefly the events of 9/11), the Reagan Revolution, Deng Xiaoping’s socialist market economy, the collapse of the Soviet Union confronted by pro-democracy movements, and developments in the European project with the transition from the EEC to the EU and the origin of the Maastricht Treaty (1992).

The Single European Act of 1986 was a Cold War project for European integration that set the stage for the deeper union envisioned by the architects of the EU at Maastricht for organizing Europe in the aftermath of the cold war.

In addition, topics dealt with here link to other chapters in the program, including China’s emergence as an international power, the Middle East and international politics, and the New Deal and its legacy.

Oil and Political Islam: Regional and Global Challenges 1973-1991

PowerPoint for this part of the chapter:

Oil and Polit Islam

Short video about the Nixon shock to the US economy in 1971 which led to the end of the Bretton Woods System established at the end of WW2:

Explanation of the 1973 oil crisis which brought an end to the 30 Glorious Year of economic growth between 1944 and 1974:

The Impact of the 1979 Iranian Revolution:

Deng and Reagan: New Economic Directions, 1978-88

Ronald Reagan and Deng Xiaoping (plus Europe) are three models for addressing the economic challenges of the era, and particularly the economic decline and the rapid increase in globalization. China’s new economic approach underpins and accelerates China’s globalization ambitions in the 1980s and beyond. A study of Reagan’s efforts to dismantle the New Deal legacy is also an integral part of understanding the rise of conservatism dealt with in chapter two of this theme.

Overview PowerPoint for this part of the chapter:

Reagan and Deng Xiaoping

Link to article about the impact of Reagan on the USA:


Link to article about the reforms made to China:



The Rise of the EU and the Fall of the USSR: A New European Balance of Power, 1970s -1991

The push for further European integration and enlargement and the persistence of cold war dynamics in Europe are parallel and related developments in this period. The transition from the EEC to the EU is also a useful historical reference for Theme 3 in Geography.

Overview PowerPoints about the EU and the end of the Cold War:

EU history Intro

End of Cold War

Video about the key Maastricht Treaty which created the EU and the so-called Three Pillar structure of the EU:

President Reagan’s speech on the Evil Empire:

President Reagan’s speech about tearing down the Berlin Wall:

The Berlin Wall and CheckPoint Charlie:

The end of the USSR:


Chapter 2: Domestic Challenges within the USA and France from the 1950s to 2001

This chapter explores the political, social and cultural transformations in France and the United States during a period characterized by significant reforms and new political debate and divisions over social issues. The focus is on social history – African American civil rights, the rise of feminism and the changing role and status of women, Gay Rights, and the continuing struggle for a more equal society. These social issues emerge in the context of the rise of conservatism and its backlash to the counterculture society in the United States starting in the 1960s through to the 1990s. An additional perspective is the impact of the war in Vietnam, which is essential to understanding divisions and change in American society.



Vietnam War impact on American society and politics.

The intersection of the anti-war protest movement, the emergence of a youth counterculture and evolution of the Black Civil Rights movement.

PowerPoint about the Media and Vietnam:


An older but still useful information sheet on why the USA got involved with Vietnam:

Why did the USA get involved worksheet

Civil Rights Movement(s).

Goals, methods, successes and resistance, violence, with emphasis on Black Civil Rights.

Overview PowerPoint for this topic:

Black Civil Rights Overviewa


Rise and evolution of conservatism.

The backlash to the promotion of a liberal social agenda (Johnson’s Great Society) in conjunction with civil rights legislation and radical protests of the 1960s and early 1970s (Could include Goldwater’s campaign, John Birch Society, Nixon’s Southern strategy, politicization of the religious right, organized anti-abortion, anti-ERA efforts).

PowerPoint about the election of JFK his ideas about the NEW FRONTIER and then LBJ and the GREAT SOCIETY initiative:

New FrontierGreat Society

Overview PowerPoint about the rise of Conservatism in the late 1960s:

Rise of Conservatism Goldwater and Nixon



For these topics please go to the HISTORY THEME 3 CHAPTER 2 google drive folder:

1968 counterculture

Feminism and women’s rights

LGBTQ Rights

Pillar Two Activities









Geography Theme 3: Rural Spaces – TEXAS AMQ April/May 2021

Introduction to Theme 3:

The reconfiguration of rural spaces is characterized by the paradox of closer links between rural and urban areas whilst some rural areas at the same time are excluded and remain peripheral. The state of Texas presents dramatic contrasts between urban and rural spaces. The state is experiencing impressive population growth and immigration along the Mexican border while rural communities struggle to maintain public services.

Introduction PowerPoint for Theme 3

This is a useful starting point for key ideas in this theme including the differing importance of rural areas in national economies, the concept of the urban-rural continuum and an understanding of rural fragmentation and rural gentrification:

Geog Theme 3 Overview

PowerPoint for the Texas Case Study:

The cornerstone of this theme is a case study of rural Texas, here is the PowerPoint:

Texas Overview

Resource booklet for Rural Areas in Texas:

Corpus of documents – Case Study TEXAS

Annotated Map Question (AMQ) for this chapter – this is the major piece of work for this theme:

Texas AMQ

Copy of blank map to print out and draw your own annotated map on to answer question7:

Texas Base Map

An example Map of Rural Change and Challenges in Texas which you can use to create your own map (with around 12 symbols in the legend) – don’t try and copy it all that is not the objective of the exercise!

Map of Texas – Change and Challenge Rural Areas

HELP FOR TEXAS AMQ METHODOLOGY (use colouring pencils please). This document is really important preparation for AMQs in the OIB Bac exam:

Methodology for TEXAS AMQ
















Please study this powerpoint carefully so you understand what to focus your revision efforts on.

I will send each of you your results on gmail + specific individual feedback with obligatory reading for the next three weeks.

There are two ZOOMs next week to finish Geog Theme 2 and prepare you for studying Hist Theme 3 in the confinement holiday.

Please send in all Globalization + USA work immediately.