IB History – Paper 2: Authoritarian States Russia 1917-1953 SL & HL
This Guide focuses on the requirements of IBDP History Paper 2, Topic 10: Authoritarian States, using the emergence and rule of Soviet Russia, under both Lenin and Stalin, as a discrete example. It provides a comprehensive survey of events and themes, with insights on how to use that historical detail to write effective essays.
Key developments from the revolutions of 1917 to the death of Stalin in 1953
The conditions that led to the emergence of the authoritarian state
The measures used to consolidate and maintain power
The aims and results of Soviet social, economic, and foreign policies
Author guidance on improving exam performance
Practice essay questions, with advice on potential approaches
Key Historical Perspectives to highlight differing interpretations of core issues
Margin box definitions of key technical and historical terms
Timelines to help visualise and contextualise important events
About the Author
Joe read Modern History at Lincoln College, Oxford and has been teaching for 24 years. Joe has taught IB History for the last 16 years at Malvern College, Worcestershire, England where he oversees its academic life as Director of Studies.