Oxford Big Ideas History - Australian Curriculum: Year 10 - Student Book + obook/assess (Print & Digital)

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Availability: Available Usually Dispatched In: 3 - 7 Business Days ISBN: 9780195576610 Brand/Publisher: Oxford University Press Categories: Australian CurriculumHistoryHumanities and Social Sciences (HASS)History

Part of the series Oxford Big Ideas History Australian Curriculum - Year 10.

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The exciting Oxford Big Ideas History series will motivate and engage students. Its wide range of activities and sources will allow students to be successful in the history classroom and support their independent study.


Oxford Big Ideas History:

  • promotes deep learning of historical knowledge, understanding and skills while supporting multiple learning styles
  • sorts content into meaningful inquiry-based big questions, and is written specifically for the appropriate reading level
  • organises learning around the big ideas of history and revisits these ideas with increasing complexity
  • features structured inquiry sequences to enable students to monitor their own progress
  • is highly illustrated to help visual learners engage with historical inquiry
  • is supported by a workbook, obook and teacher kit to offer the complete teaching package at each year level
  • offers innovative digital resources, including an interactive obook with Oxford’s new Virtual Site Studies that bring history to life

Student Book

Research shows that students can have greater success in their studies when the information they learn is connected to key concepts. The Oxford Big Ideas History series provides a framework for developing students’ historical knowledge, understanding and skills through inquiry questions and the use and interpretation of sources. The Australian Curriculum: History also identifies key inquiry questions or big ideas and core historical concepts and skills to be explored at each year level. Every chapter in the series mirrors this approach to ensure students develop deep learning of these big ideas, concepts and skills.


The obook is a cloud-based web-book available anywhere, anytime, on any device, navigated by topic or by ‘page view’. Assess is an indispensable online assessment tool, explicitly mapped to the Australian Curriculum that drives student progress through tailored instruction. As well as containing the student text and study tools, this obook offers a Virtual Laboratory containing specially-commissioned Australian-made lab experiment videos, drag & drops and other interactives. Using an obook, students can:

  • access it anywhere, anytime (home, library, school, etc), on any platform (PC/Mac/iPad)
  • see much more than the print book content—added wealth of interactive & rich content including interactive modules, videos, audio, and relevant websites
  • navigate and search easily
  • scale to suit any screen size, or increase/decrease font size
  • type, save and send answers to questions and note-taking
  • have personalised access using unique registration codes which makes the obook a perfect study tool right throughout the school year

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Chapter 2: World War II - Student Book


What is…Oxford Big Ideas History?

Using Oxford Big Ideas History

Australian Curriculum: History 10—Scope and sequence


1.0 The modern world and Australia: an overview

  • 1.1 What were the significant events and key features of the inter-war years?
  • 1.2 How did the nature of global conflict change during the 20th century?
  • 1.3 How has Australian society been affected by other significant changes during the 20th century?

Depth studies World War II

2.0 World War II (1939–1945)

  • 2.1 What were the causes of World War II and what course did it take?
  • 2.2 What were some of the most significant events of World War II
  • 2.3 How did the events of World War II affect people around the world and in Australia?
  • 2.4 How did the events of World War II shape Australia’s international relationships?

Rights and freedoms

3.0 Rights and freedoms (1945–the present)

  • 3.1 How have Indigenous peoples in Australia struggled for rights and freedoms?
  • 3.2 How have Indigenous peoples in Australia achieved change and what were some of the significant events that influenced this change?
  • 3.3 In what ways do activists continue to struggle for civil rights and freedoms in Australia and around the world?

The globalising world

4.0 Popular culture (1945–the present)

  • 4.1 What was the nature of popular culture in Australia at the end of World War II?
  • 4.2 What developments in popular culture most affected Australia after World War II?
  • 4.3 How have the Australian music, film and television industries changed in Australia?
  • 4.4 What has Australia contributed to international popular culture?

obook: The environment movement

  • 1 How did the environment movement start?
  • 2 Why did the 20th century lead to a growing environmental awareness?
  • 3 How did environmental issues and campaigns contribute to the growth of the environment movement in Australia and overseas?
  • 4 How have Australian governments and international organisations responded to environmental threats?

5.0 Migration experiences (1945–the present)

  • 5.1 How have key events influenced migration to Australia since World War II?
  • 5.2 How have government immigration policies changed?
  • 5.3 How did the Vietnam War affect migration to Australia?
  • 5.4 How has migration shaped Australia’s identity and global relationships?

About the Authors

Richard Smith is a history teacher at Melbourne Grammar School. He has worked in government and independent schools for over 35 years in both administrative and teaching roles. Richard is presently the Treasurer of the History Teachers Association of Victoria and is immediate-past president. He chairs the National History Challenge for the History Teachers' Association of Australia of which he is a past vice-president and treasurer. In 2010 Richard was honoured with the presentation of the HTAV award for Outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history and to the HTAV.

Geraldine Carrodus has taught History in Victorian schools for over forty years. She was an examiner in Australian History from the 1970s and was Chair of the Setting Panel and Chief Assessor from 2000 until 2005. She has written or co-written a number of History texts used in schools and has been a regular speaker at HTAV conferences for students and teachers. Geraldine had been part of the consultation process on the Australian Curriculum over the past two years. In 2006, Geraldine was honoured with the presentation of an HTAV award for Excellent and Sustained Contribution to the Teaching and Learning of History and to the HTAV

Tim Delany has taught in a number of Government schools in Australia and England. He has contributed to a number of texts relating to History and International Studies and has managed curriculum projects for the Department of Education in Victoria and for Social Education Victoria (SEV). He is currently Principal of Newborough Primary School in Gippsland, Victoria.

Associate Professor Tony Taylor has played a pivotal role in the shaping of history education in Australia. In 1999 he was appointed Director of the Australian Government’s National Inquiry into the Teaching and Learning of History and, from 2001–2006, he was Director of the Australian Government’s National Centre for History Education. Recently, Tony has been involved in the development of the Australian Curriculum for History.

Dr Carmel Young is a History consultant with Oxford and has taught History Curriculum and Methods at the University of Sydney. With Tony Taylor, she wrote History: A guide to the teaching and learning of history in Australian schools.

Kate McArthur has taught History and English in Victorian schools for the last 12 years, and has written or contributed to a number of texts relating to History and Literacy. She has also worked as a Literacy Coach for the Victorian Department of Education and Training for 3 years, and is currently an Assistant Principal at Hume Central Secondary College.

ISBN 9780195576610
Publisher Oxford University Press
Product Type Student Books,
Year Level Year 10,
Author(s) Geraldine Carrodus, Tim Delany, Kate McArthur, Richard Smith, Tony Taylor and Carmel Young.10

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