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This two-year course is a study of topics in 20th century world history and US history (with an emphasis on globalizing American history). DP History HL consists of three examinations and one internal assessment. For Paper 1, a skills-based assessment, students will examine the beginnings of the Second World War in both Asia and Europe. For Paper 2, students will study world history topics including Authoritarian States (specifically those of Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong and Fidel Castro); and superpower tensions during the Cold War. For Paper 3, students will study a range of US history topics that consolidate and expand studies for previous papers. For example, students will learn about the impact of the Great Depression on the USA and a focus on the Cold War from the US perspective. Students will also choose another US history topic from the list as a self-study in order to allow them to hit an area of their personal interest. Finally, students will also complete the IB Internal Assessment, in which students get to be historians, picking a topic of personal interest, finding sources and conducting their own investigation.