A historical period you want to know more about - Cue Card # 667

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a historical period/time you want to know more about.

You should say:

  • which period it is
  • how you know about this period of history
  • what its importance is in history

and explain what you want to know more about this period.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


 

Model Answer:

History has always fascinated me. In fact, it is the honest and objective studies of history that teach us to understand how our world was in the past, how it is now, and how our world will look in the future in the greater scheme of things. But, does that mean that we don’t get to become little biased toward a certain part of the history because how it has changed our entire world for good? No, it sure doesn’t.

In fact, the world will probably never witness such a period of time that started with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austro-Hungarian Empire on 28th June 1914, and ended with the creation of a world body of an intergovernmental organization called “The UN” on October 24, 1945. There is no doubt that this particular period of time is of paramount importance in human history since it was after this turbulent period of time, full of wars and destruction, a “shadow” force, in my opinion, started to “manage” the affairs of the world from “behind the scene” by completely changing the world upside down.

Anyway, history is a “tricky” subject, and learning it in “bits and pieces” here and there, without developing a comprehensive understanding of the whole picture, may prove out to be “counter-productive”. True that the world would never be the same after the World War II, but I have always wanted to know if the two world wars were the works of some “perfect planning so that a “new world order” would eventually come into force. I have also always wondered why the Europeans, after watching the devastating effects of the World War I, couldn’t manage to prevent the 2nd world war! Also, what possibly might have caused Germany to attack Russia after signing a non-aggression pact with Russia just shortly before the start of the 2nd world war! I have many more questions as to what really transpired during this particular period of time, but, perhaps I will never find the answers as it may lead to some really “uncomfortable and inconvenient truths”.

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Aparna
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