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AP World History
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Recurring Themes in AP World History

UNIT ONE: Chapters 13 & 14
8 Features / Characteristics of "Civilization"
Contact / Collision: Africa - Americas - Europe
Ming China - The Voyages of Zheng He
The Age of the Renaissance
Overseas Expansion: Chinese vs. European Approaches

By popular request: "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" POV How to Read a Document
Islamic Empires: Southwest Asia and the Indian Ocean
World History For Us All - "Big Era" PowerPoints
Era 5: 300 - 1500
Era 6: 1400 - 1800

The Columbian Exchange
12 Diseases that Altered History
Discovery and Settlement of a New World
Europeans in the Americas - Spain & Portugal
Europeans in the Americas - Britain and France
Russian History through Peter the Great
Ming and Manchu (Qing Dynasty)

UNIT TWO: Chapters 15 & 16
World Trade - Globalization - The Emergence of Europe
Atlantic Slave Trade - African Diaspora

Religions of the World - an Overview
Spread of World Religions

The Protestant Reformation
Rise and Impact of World Religions
Globalization / Syncretism of Religion

The Scientific Revolution
The Enlightenment

UNIT THREE: Chapter 17
"Fever Model" of Revolution
The "Recipe" for Revolution

A Sampling of "Turning Points" in World History
Preview / Review of the Period: 1750-1914

Enlightenment Ideas and The American Revolution
The French Revolution
Napoleon Bonaparte - Friend or Foe of the Revolution?
Haitian Revolution
Nation Building in Latin America
Abolition Movement
Defining Nationalism
Revolutions in Europe - 1848
The Challenge of Economic and Social Change
The Rights and Status of Women - Historical Overview

UNIT FOUR: Chapter 18
Introduction / Overview of the Industrial Revolution
The Impact of Industrialization

CCOT Workshop
Guide to CCOT Essays
CCOT Charts / Organizers:
 #1     #2     #3
C-C-O-T Rubric

UNIT FIVE: Chapters 19 & 20
The New Imperialism
Imperialism & the Car Dealership
Jared Diamond - Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Collapse of the Qing Dynasty
Decline of the Ottoman Empire
Imperialism and the Global System
The British in India
Imperialism in Southeast Asia
Imperialism in Latin America
Africa and Imperialism

The Scramble for Africa

UNIT SIX: Chapter 21
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: 1914 - Present
World War I
Impact of World War I
Prosperity and Depression
BETWEEN THE WARS: The Headlines, 1918-1939
The Rise of Fascism
The Road to World War II
World War II Propaganda
Dr. Seuss - Is That You?
Results of World War II

World War II: The COMPLETE Story

UNIT SEVEN: Chapter 22
Russian Revolution
The Chinese Revolution
Communism in 1 Simple Lesson
Comparative Economic Systems: Capitalism - Socialism - Communism
Cold War (Part 1): Origins - Korean War
Cold War (Part 2) and Recovery
End of the Cold War

UNIT EIGHT: Chapters 23 & 24
Paths to Independence: Gandhi and Ho Chi Minh
Decolonization (through wide-angle lens)
Middle East Conflict

Overview of Key Themes
Prerequisites to Civilization
AGRICULTURE: Before and After
Neolithic Revolution
River Valley Civilizations
Classical Civilizations

Farming and the Emergence of Complex Societies: 10000-1000 BCE
Expanding Networks of Exchange and Encounter:
1200 BCE – 500 CE

Belief Systems / World Religions - OVERVIEW
Rise and Impact of World Religions
Classical Era - The Challenge of Empire-Building
Decline of Classical Civilizations
Migrations - Case Studies
Cultural Diffusion & Trade

600 - 1450
Introduction: Transitions / Changes / Continuities
Basic Principles of Islam
ISLAM - The First Global Civilization
KEY AP Theme: Major Trade Routes / Networks
The Mongols: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Post-Classical Era: Tang-Song China
Post-Classical Era: Japan
Post-Classical Era: India - Southeast Asia
Post-Classical Era: Sub-Saharan Africa
Post-Classical Era: Europe
Civilizations in the Pre-Columbian Americas

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