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Modern History (TASC Level 3)

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Modern History (TASC Level 3) - An Introduction

This Modern History course enables learners to study the forces that have shaped today’s world and provides them with a broader and deeper comprehension of the world in which they live

The focus is on the 20th Century and 21st Century from the end of World War I (1917/18) until 2010. Learners are encouraged to make connections with the changing world to the present. Modern History enhances learners’ curiosity and imagination, and their appreciation of larger themes, individuals, movements, events and ideas that have shaped the contemporary world and key drivers of change including: political systems, ideologies; crises that challenged the stability of governments; national and global conflicts and their resolution; the transformation of social, political and economic life; and shifts in power. Learners will also be introduced to Post World War II history with a focus on one area of study from the Cold War; Australia’s engagement with key Asian nations; migration; and issues impacting on global peace and security.

TASC. Modern History. Level 3, HSM315117, 2020.

Course information for TASC Modern History level 3 can be found here.

Investigation Project (IPs): When undertaking any investigation project, independent study, research or literature review you must allow yourself enough time to search for and locate the material you will need. To help you a booking sheet is kept at the Library desk where you may book an individual time with one of the Library staff when commencing any research for History.

Library Resources
AV Resources
Web Resources

Library Resources

The Library catalogue is a powerful searching tool. Use a basic keyword search to get you quickly to the resources you will find on our shelves.

On the shelves

Modern Western Nations in the 20th century

Modern Asian Nations in the 20th century

The Changing world order, 1945-2010

eBooks

Infobase

Britannica eStax

Reference sources

General reference

  • World Book Encyclopedia

Subject encyclopaedia

The following volumes from the History of the Modern World:

  • World War I and its consequences - Volume 7
  • World War II and the Cold war - Volume 8
  • The World today - Volume 9

AV Resources

Online

Web Resources

Be careful what you download and use from the Internet.

Before using information from a web address ensure you are looking at a publication from a legitimate source. Material from the Internet often does not acknowledge the author or creator, does not cite references or footnotes, or include any type of bibliography or reference list. Use this type of material with caution. As part of your research process you need to sort out the reliable sources from the less trustworthy sites.

If in doubt always check with your teacher. For further information read the Library Fact Sheet Evaluating Information from the Web.

Modern Western Nations in the 20th century

Modern Asian Nations in the 20th century

Japan

India

Indonesia

China

The Changing world order, 1945 to 2010


Referencing advice: TASC and your teachers at St Patrick's College expect you to present your work with citations and a reference list in the Harvard style for World History. Go to the Library's Referencing Guidelines for extended help in this area. The Library staff are always happy to help you with any queries you may have in regard to referencing requirements for any research you are undertaking.

Faculty resources: All material purchased by the HASS Faculty are also available for student use if it is not required by teachers. Many of these resources are shelved separately in the Library and may be found by using the Library catalogue. You may need to ask Library staff to bring you some titles.

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Cold War

The term 'cold war' had been used before 1945 to describe situations characterised by extreme international tensions between states, but which avoided tipping over into 'hot wars' (those in which direct fighting took place). After 1945 - and especially after 1947 - the term was quickly applied to the deteriorating relationship between the USSR and the USA/the West.

Different historians use the term to mean slightly different things when they use the term 'cold war, including for example, the conflict between capitalism and communism that has existed since the Bolshevik Revolution of November 1913. However, this pathfinder, will use the term to refer to the period in the tense years after 1945.

Todd, A 2011, History for the IB Diploma, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, p. 2.
Library Resources
Web Resources

Library Resources

The Library catalogue is a powerful searching tool and would be a good place to start your research on this topic.

On the shelves

The Cold War applied to many countries, over many years therefore the best search for material on this topic would be by:

Keyword searching

Other narrower terms you could use include:

Collection highlights

eBooks

From Britannica eStax

From Infobase

Reference sources

  • World Book Encyclopedia

Web Resources

General resources

Germany

United States

USSR