European history extended essay topics

European history extended essay topics

Extended Essay: Example Research Questions

EE Research Questions — Class of 2018

Subject: History
Question: How are the depictions of Marie Antoinette in politics and portraiture significant to the French revolution and the fall of the French Monarchy?

Subject: History
Question: To what extent was film able to further pro-Nazi sentiment in Germany during the early 1930s to mid 1940s?

Subject: History
Question: To what extent were the Vietnam War and cultural shifts occurring in the 1960s and early 1970s vital factors in the development of the student activism on college campuses in the United States and abroad?

Subject: History
Question: To what extent was Matthew Perry’s 1853 arrival in Edo Bay the leading motivator for Japan’s rapid modernization during the Meiji Restoration?

Subject: Music
Question: How does Rachmaninoff apply thematic development in his composition, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini?

Subject: History
Question: What made the Federal Theatre Project such a success when after only four years of operation it was disbanded by the House of un-American Activities Committee?

Subject: History
Question: To what extent were Kepler’s scientific discoveries revolutionary and how did they impact the development of science in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries?

Subject: History
Question: In what ways did the Hitler Youth organization impact the youth of Nazi Germany?

Subject: World Studies
Theme: Ecological Sustainability
IB Subjects: Biology and Geography
Question: How have climate change and forestry practices contributed to the spread of the mountain pine beetle in the Pacific Northwest in recent decades, and what does the outbreak show us about the ecological intricacies of climate change?

EE Research Questions — Class of 2019 (proposed)

Subject: Theatre
Question: How did the casting of the leading lady in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes affect each production on Broadway?

Subject: Literature and Performance
Question: How do the final movies of the Harry Potter series compare to the final book? What has been changed or depicted differently in terms of characterization and storylines?

Subject: Biology
Question: How does the DNA sequence of a transthyretin (TTR) gene affect whether Familial Amyloidotic Polyneuropathy (FAP), Familial Amyloidotic Cardiomyopathy (FAC) or Senile Systemic Amyloidosis (SSA) form?

Subject: Visual Arts
Question: How do the Peanuts comics, written by Charles Schultz, show visual language?

Subject: World Studies
Theme: Ecological Sustainability
IB Subjects: Biology and Geography
Question: What are the impacts of melting ice in the North and South Poles on the coastlines of the continental United States?

Subject: Biology
Question: What evidence is there to support the theory of life on Mars?

Subject: History
Question: In what way did the Catholic Church affect politics in the Kingdom of Spain during the Dark Ages?

Subject: World Studies
Theme: Economic Sustainability
IB Subjects: Biology and Economics
Question: To what extent has deforestation influenced Indonesia’s economic and environmental growth?

Subject: History
Question: How did the works of classical Greek philosophers influence the domestic policy of Thomas Jefferson?

Subject: History
Question: How did the Bushido Code influence the meaning of tattoos in Asian culture?

Subject: Studies in Language and Literature, Category 1
Question: How did Eugene Gladstone O’Neill express the themes of family relationship and sadness in his work Long Day’s Journey Into Night?

Subject: Studies in Language and Literature, Category 2
Question: How does the writing of Japanese horror artist and novelist Junji Ito contrast with the writing of American horror novelist Stephen King?

Subject: History
Question: What impact does public healthcare have on low income households in the United States compared to those in Canada?

Subject: Sports, Exercise and Health Science
Question: How does age affect the process of instant muscle reaction?

Subject: Design Technology
Question: What are the most ethical and efficient methods—through current technologies—private organizations can use to make Mars habitable for Human life?

European history extended essay topics

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European history extended essay topics

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The Extended Essay is an individual project of 4000 words.

It is a chance to study a topic that interests you which is not covered by the syllabus.
It can cover any historical topic of your choice from outside the past 10 years.
It is supervised by your History teacher, but marked by the IB board.
It will involve an emphasis on personal research and the use of primary sources.

Click on the following headings to get guidance in choosing a question and writing your study.

After the first batch of studies are marked according to the new criteria in Summer 2018, I hope to upload some particularly good studies to this website to share with everyone.

It gives you a chance to study in real depth a topic that you have an interest in.
It can relate to any period and any topic within the last 10 years.
It gives you the chance to work closely with your History teacher to ‘fast-track’ your historical skills with one-to-one tutoring.
As such it is a great opportunity to produce a mature academic study on something that you might never again have the chance to research.

Both the IA and the EE in History award students who choose an interesting question which they research thoroughly and answer coherently through critical evaluation of evidence.

The IA is only 1500 words long; the EE is 4,000 words.
The EE requires a much heavier emphasis on the use of primary source material than the IA.
The IA is structured into specific sections; the EE is structured more flexibly.
The IA markscheme grades each section separately; the EE markscheme grades each criteria across the essay as a whole.

You will select which of your IB subjects will form the basis of your EE in the Spring Term of the first year of IB. This will usually (although not always) be one of your Higher Level subjects. The supervisor will set a series of internal deadlines and meetings for each student to ensure the completion of the study in a timely fashion.

Start by considering if there is a period / place / person / issue in history that would like to investigate further. Maybe this is something you have read a little about, watched a film about or are interested in from your other studies / hobbies. The only strict rule is that anything that happened in the past 10 years is not allowed.

The three main focuses of study tend to be focused on

  • EITHER Causes of an event / situation;
  • OR Consequences of an event / situation
  • OR Relevance of particular evidence about an event / situation (e. g. a painting, novel, film, biography).

The following resources may help you in your quest for a topic:

Online archives:

Other resources:

  • History Department Magazine collection
  • History Department DVD collection

Once you have settled upon a topic, you have to then turn this into a question — a problem that your study will solve, in other words.