Oxford Big Ideas History 8 Australian Curriculum Student book + obook assess

Student book + 12-month student digital licence

Maggy Saldais, Richard Smith, Tony Taylor, Carmel Young

Oxford Big Ideas History 8 Australian Curriculum Student book + obook assess

Student book + 12-month student digital licence

Maggy Saldais, Richard Smith, Tony Taylor, Carmel Young




Paperback + obook


25 Jan 2012




Oxford Big Ideas History

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The exciting Oxford Big Ideas History Australian Curriculum 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.

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 interactive timelines, interactives such as ‘drag & drop’ and ‘hot zones’, videos, virtual site studies.


What is…Oxford Big Ideas History?
Using Oxford Big Ideas History Australian Curriculum: History 8—Scope and sequence


1.0 The ancient to the modern world: an overview
1.1 How did societies change from the end of the ancient period to the beginning of the modern age?
1.2 What key beliefs and values emerged and how did they influence societies?
1.3 What were the causes and effects of contact between societies in this period?
1.4 Which significant people, groups and ideas from the period have influenced the world today?

Depth studies

The Western and Islamic world

The Ottoman Empire [obook only chapter]
1 How was society organised during the Ottoman Empire?
2 What were the most significant achievements and developments of the Ottoman Empire?
3 How did the policies and power of the Ottoman Empire change other societies?

Renaissance Italy [obook only chapter]
1 How were societies in Renaissance Italy organised?
2 What developments and achievements characterised Renaissance Italy?
3 How did Renaissance culture spread and what is its legacy?

2.0 The Vikings
2.1 How was Viking society organised?
2.2 What developments and achievements led to Viking expansion?
2.3 How did Viking conquests change other societies?

3.0 Medieval Europe
3.1 How was society in medieval Europe organised?
3.2 What developments and achievements influenced life in medieval Europe?
3.3 How and why did society in medieval Europe change?

The Asia–Pacific world
4.0 The Khmer Empire
4.1 How did the Khmer Empire rise to power and what were its greatest achievements?
4.2 How was society organised during the Khmer Empire?
4.3 How and why did the Khmer Empire come to an end?

5.0 Japan under the shoguns
5.1 What was life in Japan like before the rise of the shoguns?
5.2 How did the rise of the shoguns change the way Japanese society was organised?
5.3 How did life change under the rule of the shogun and why did this period come to an end?

The Polynesian expansion across the Pacific [obook only chapter]
1 How did Polynesian settlers spread across the Pacific?
2 What was life like in Maori societies?
3 What were the most significant Maori cultural achievements?

Expanding contacts
6.0 Mongol expansion
6.1 How was Mongol society organised?
6.2 How did Mongol conquests and expansion change other societies?

7.0 The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa
7.1 How were societies organised at the time of the Black Death?
7.2 How did the Black Death spread and what were its effects?

The Spanish conquest of the Americas [obook only chapter]
1 How were societies in the Americas organised before the arrival of the Spanish?
2 Why did the Spanish colonise the Americas?
3 What were the effects of the Spanish conquest in the Americas and around the world?

*assess is available for selected chapters (not available for o book only chapters).


Maggy Saldais has been actively involved in a range of successful education publishing programs over the last 10 years.

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.

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.

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