Cambridge International AS Level History International History, 1870–1945 Coursebook



  • Written by an author with experience writing, examining and teaching, this course book supports the Cambridge International AS History syllabus. With increased depth of coverage, this coursebook helps build confidence and understanding in language, essay-writing and evaluation skills. The course book also develops students’ conceptual understanding of history with the five new ‘Key concepts’, for example exploring cause and consequence in the Second Sino-Japanese War. In addition, it encourages individuals to make substantiated judgments and reflect on their own learning. Students can also consolidate their skills though exam-style questions with source material and sample responses.


  • Exam-style questions – including source material with sample responses – help students practise essay-writing, understand what ‘good’ looks like and identify where improvements can be made in their own work
  • The ‘Reflection’ feature provides opportunities for students to learn from one another, while considering what they have learnt and how they could improve
  • Our ‘Think like a historian’ feature helps learners to better understand the applicability of studying history and how it can be used in their life outside the classroom
  • A ‘Before you start’ section ensures students are prepared with enough knowledge to start the chapter
  • Help students develop their conceptual understanding of history with the five new ‘Key concepts’ for instance, exploring cause and consequence in relation to the Second Sino-Japanese War
  • ‘Key figure’ boxes throughout highlight important and influential people
  • ‘Key Terms’ help students understand the text with clear explanations of important terminology
  • Learning objectives at the start of each chapter help students and teachers to set learning goals


  • How to use this book
  • Introduction
  • 1. Empire and the emergence of world powers, 1870 ̶ 1919
  • 2. The League of Nations and international relations in the 1920s
  • 3. The League of Nations and international relations in the 1930s
  • 4. China and Japan, 1912–1945
  • 5. Preparing for Assessment
  • Index.