Good International Baccalaureate history essay topics include the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union, how the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor changed the course of World War 2, and the role of politics in William Shakespeare's plays. The IB history essay should be 4,000 words minimum.
Other possible IB essay topics include how politics influenced 20th century Berlin architecture, how much philosopher Nietzsche's ideas influenced the Third Reich, and how reliable "The Rake's Progress" is in its presentation of 18th-century London. A student should choose an interesting historical topic that is rewarding to study and research in depth.
One way to approach the topic is to ask to what extent a person, event or policy was either responsible for or a result of another event, policy or other situation. Alternately, seek to answer how useful an album, novel, film or painting is to a historian studying a particular event, policy or situation. A third approach is to answer how successful or significant an individual was within the context of an event, policy or situation. While these are not the only possible approaches, they help the essay writer to organize the essay as an examination of a problem and to present a possible solution.