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History HigherExam2013 Level Paper 3

History Higher Level Paper 3–            ASPECTS OF THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS


  • Answer one question.  Question is worth [20 marks.]
  • Please refer to the markcheme rubric that is provided.


Nation-building and challenges

  1. 1.     For what reasons, and in which ways, did the United States Constitution of 1787 change the Articles of Confederation?
  2. 2.     Analyze the effects of the Mexican–American War (1846–1848) on any two countries of the region.
  3. 3.     Analyze the issues that led to changes in the United States’ political system between 1792 and 1797.
  4. 4.      Compare and contrast the outcome and effects of two revolutionary wars, each chosen from a different region.


United States Civil War: causes, course and effects 1840–1877

  1. 5.      In what ways, and to what extent, did the events of the 1850s contribute to the increase of sectionalism and the outbreak of the United States Civil War?


  1. 6.      Why, and with what results, was there political opposition to the plans for Reconstruction in the United States between 1863 and 1867?


The development of modern nations 1865–1929

  1. 7.      Examine the impact of immigration on one country of the region from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century.


  1. 8.     With reference to at least one country of the region, to what extent were the aims of Progressivism achieved by 1929?


  1. 9.     Analyze the successes and failures of Woodrow Wilson’s (1913-1921) domestic and foreign policies.


10. How valid is the claim that in 1914 states went to war due to fear rather than for motives of gain?



11. Examine the major stages of the Mexican Revolution (1910-20) and explain the programmes of three of the most important leaders.


Emergence of the Americas in global affairs 1880–1929      

12. “The United States’ policies of the Big Stick and Moral Diplomacy in Latin America had different motives but similar consequences.” To what extent do you agree with this statement?


  1. 13.   Evaluate the arguments that took place in the United States over ratification of the Versailles Treaty following the First World War.

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