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It's based on superpower relations and the cold war.
Write a narrative account analysing the key events of the Prague Spring (1968). (8 marks)

Czechoslovaki was one of the USSR’s soviet states, so it was communist. However, the czechs did not support communism and caused riots across the country after suffering under soviet control. This lead to Dubcek being elected president of czechoslovakia. He aimed to improve communism and give it a ‘human face'. this was done by Dubcek's reforms, therefore enforcing prague spring .

Dubcek's reforms involved there being less censorship and more freedom of speech so the public could express their opinion more. There was also market socialism where Czechoslovakia began trading with capitalist country . Brezhnev sand other eastern european countries were concerned as it could lead to demands and reforms elsewhere and threaten communist rule across Eastern Europe.

In retaliation to the Prague spring, Brezhnev had Czechoslovakia invaded, dubcek arrested and killed. He also implemented his own doctrine stating that all members of the Warsaw pact would help each other in a crisis. This meant that soviets had control over its satellite states weapons giving them even more assertiveness across Eastern Europe. The invasion of Czechoslovakia served as a warning against satellite states as to not revolt as the soviet union dealt with them efficiently and the USA didn’t attempt to help. This made the USA look weak and the Ussr look strong and superior.
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its based on the cold war
Explain two of the following:
-The importance of the Truman doctrine for the development of the cold war
-The importance of the construction of the Berlin wall for relations between the USA and the Soviet Union in the years 1962-63
-The importance of the Helsinki agreements for superpower relations

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The Berlin Wall was formed after the refugee crisis in which East Germans were fleeing to West Germany through Berlin. In retaliation to this Khrushchev gave Western troops an ultimatum which was to leave Berlin in 6 months as it rightfully belonged to East Germany. However, despite the several summits such as the Geneva summit and Paris summit, no decision or middle ground was met between the two superpowers, so Khrushchev decided to build the Berlin wall. This made the USSR look weak as they had to physically divide Berlin as the crisis was too much for them to handle. It was a propaganda victory for the USA.

The Berlin wall worsened relations between the USA and the Soviet Union as it enforce the official divide between the east and west Germany, despite it previously being known as the iron curtain. This meant that tensions were rising between the two superpowers as they were unable to even come to a mutual standing or agreement. The wall also served as a strong division between communism and capitalism.

Option 2 :
The Helsinki Agreements was formed after a conference between superpowers in the period of detente. It had three key features known as baskets, one of them was that there would be no violation of the Eastern European borders . this benefited the soviet union as it meant the Americans wouldn't be able to get involved in the Soviet Union's satellite states. This developed tension but was more table as they came to this agreement to help their countries rather than keep up the arms race and come close to war again.

One other feature of the Helsinki Agreement was that human rights had to be respected. This was directly targeted to the Soviet Union, as their way of communism was very controlled and did not allow much freedom to the members of their satellite states. The Helsinki Agreements was evidence of the USA and Soviet Union’s attempting to build a better relationship and ease tensions which had been increasing for over 30 years.
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Maybe try being specific about how Czechs suffered under soviet control and emphasise how dubcek’s reforms differed from soviet policy. ( I only have 20 mark questions in A-level history so it may be a bit much for an 8 mark )
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I didn’t do the Cold War in GCSEs but I’m pretty good at this era of history, Khrushchev didn’t really build the Berlin Wall because of a refugee crisis it was ultimately because people saw how much better it was in West Berlin. The Russians didn’t want this as they knew it was better and people were more well off but due to their stubbornness they built the wall
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Thanks for the advice I appreciate it and I'll try be more informative in my answers
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Maybe try being specific about how Czechs suffered under soviet control and emphasise how dubcek’s reforms differed from soviet policy. ( I only have 20 mark questions in A-level history so it may be a bit much for an 8 mark )
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But it's because people preferred the West that there was a refugee crisis so many left the east for the West casing issues to Russia's economy

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I didn’t do the Cold War in GCSEs but I’m pretty good at this era of history, Khrushchev didn’t really build the Berlin Wall because of a refugee crisis it was ultimately because people saw how much better it was in West Berlin. The Russians didn’t want this as they knew it was better and people were more well off but due to their stubbornness they built the wall
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Did not do cold war for GCSE History
I did American West instead for that section
Just remember for narrative accounts you need to make it run like a story, there should be a beginning middle and end and each event should lead to the other. Be historically accurate and follow that structure and you'll get the full 8 marks
(Original post by Leahjade1st)
It's based on superpower relations and the cold war.
Write a narrative account analysing the key events of the Prague Spring (1968). (8 marks)

Czechoslovaki was one of the USSR’s soviet states, so it was communist. However, the czechs did not support communism and caused riots across the country after suffering under soviet control. This lead to Dubcek being elected president of czechoslovakia. He aimed to improve communism and give it a ‘human face'. this was done by Dubcek's reforms, therefore enforcing prague spring .

Dubcek's reforms involved there being less censorship and more freedom of speech so the public could express their opinion more. There was also market socialism where Czechoslovakia began trading with capitalist country . Brezhnev sand other eastern european countries were concerned as it could lead to demands and reforms elsewhere and threaten communist rule across Eastern Europe.

In retaliation to the Prague spring, Brezhnev had Czechoslovakia invaded, dubcek arrested and killed. He also implemented his own doctrine stating that all members of the Warsaw pact would help each other in a crisis. This meant that soviets had control over its satellite states weapons giving them even more assertiveness across Eastern Europe. The invasion of Czechoslovakia served as a warning against satellite states as to not revolt as the soviet union dealt with them efficiently and the USA didn’t attempt to help. This made the USA look weak and the Ussr look strong and superior.
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I'm doing:
Germany, Norman England and Medicine.
I'm in year 10 and for the first mock I got a 5(B) which Isn't that bad for a first mock, Byt he time I do GCSEs I want an 8/A
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Did not do cold war for GCSE History
I did American West instead for that section
Just remember for narrative accounts you need to make it run like a story, there should be a beginning middle and end and each event should lead to the other. Be historically accurate and follow that structure and you'll get the full 8 marks
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I only did Medicine the same as you
Yeah that's absolutely fine
Just remember knowledge isn't everything in History, exam technique is crucial as well
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I'm doing:
Germany, Norman England and Medicine.
I'm in year 10 and for the first mock I got a 5(B) which Isn't that bad for a first mock, Byt he time I do GCSEs I want an 8/A
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I would give your answer a 6/8. It’s a good answer with reference to key events and points in chronological order with links. To get into the top band you’ll need to uses information to not many students will use but is still extremely relevant to the events at hand. For example why Dubcek was appointed, you could have linked it to the fact that the Czechs were already unhappy and the soviets tried to compromise with Dubeck. Also you made reference to the domino effect but it’s better to use the exact term to show sophistication. It’s all about showing of your knowledge fluently in a clear concise and coherent order. Good luck!!
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This is very good feedback and really helpful
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Don't gas urself😂😂

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Your first answer is better than your second. I would give it a 6/8 and a 5/8 for your second. You mentioned how it effected superpower relations but you could’ve linked to other events ie the Kennedy Speech and portray the alternate view that in someways resolved the tensions as although not preferable has provided some kind of solution to an ongoing problem. The reference to the ultimatum and conferences was very good, and adding a bit of detail would have given you a top band answer. As for the Helsinki answer it lacks the focus and sophistication you had during the previous question. Your making basic level points with only a bit on analysis. Helsinki was the high point of detente, both sides were willing to make compromises. You could of mentioned the joint space mission as symbols of the achievement of Helsinki, to further develop your analysis you could have also referenced the negatives such as the soviet union not sticking to its human rights promises explaining why detente and the achievements of Helsinki were short lived.
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I agree I shudve added when Kennedy came to Berlin and elaborated in the Helsinki impacts
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Your first answer is better than your second. I would give it a 6/8 and a 5/8 for your second. You mentioned how it effected superpower relations but you could’ve linked to other events ie the Kennedy Speech and portray the alternate view that in someways resolved the tensions as although not preferable has provided some kind of solution to an ongoing problem. The reference to the ultimatum and conferences was very good, and adding a bit of detail would have given you a top band answer. As for the Helsinki answer it lacks the focus and sophistication you had during the previous question. Your making basic level points with only a bit on analysis. Helsinki was the high point of detente, both sides were willing to make compromises. You could of mentioned the joint space mission as symbols of the achievement of Helsinki, to further develop your analysis you could have also referenced the negatives such as the soviet union not sticking to its human rights promises explaining why detente and the achievements of Helsinki were short lived.
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But it's because people preferred the West that there was a refugee crisis so many left the east for the West casing issues to Russia's economy
I guess
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I mean, I was really f*cking dogsh*t and I got an 8. I did American West for my period study, but don't stress too much about it haha.
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