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AP World History Timeline Review

This was designed as a review for my AP World History class. I've given the periodizations and some key dates. Key dates were chosen because most of my students are roughly familiar with these dates (hence the bias toward the West).

A. Lee Crawford

on 5 May 2015

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Transcript of AP World History Timeline Review

AP World History Timeline
600 BCE
600 CE
1450 CE
1750 CE
1900 CE
Technological & Environmental Transformations
Organization & Reorganization
of Human Societies
Regional &
& Global
Global Change
& Realignments
4 BC - Birth of Jesus
1492 - Voyage of Columbus
1776 - American Declaration of Indepence
1914-1918 - WWI
1945 - End of WWII
1991 - Fall of the USSR
2001 - Begin the "War on Terror"
1884 - Berlin Conference sets rules for African colonization
1517 - 95 Theses
410 AD - Sack of Rome
8,000 BC - Begin Neolithic revolution
2,600 BC - Great Pyramid at Giza
Specialization of Labor
Growth of Cities
The development of cities leads to the ancient era's most fundamental question - how do you organize all of those people?
The Neolithic (stone age) ends with the introduction of...
People begin to organize themselves into EMPIRES
The bronze age ended with the introduction of...
One last invention for this era....
Empires build important stuff
This is when the world's most important religions & philosophies were born or spread.
The Greeks
Trade routes really begin to expand rapidly here.
Expansion of trade spreads:
Disease pathogens
Use of goods
Religions (these change as they move)
other ideas
Birth of Islam
New governmental innovations come, too.
Most notably China's civil-service exams.
Religion changes, too.
Oceania is populated, America builds her big civilizations:
The entire world now has people on it (except Antarctica, which has penguins instead).
Big Regional Traders:
Ibn Battuta
Marco Polo
Zheng He
Cities shrink, then grow in new places...

and in some of the old places.
Time for Europe to take over the world.
~ 1450 - Creation of Gutenberg's press
Now virtually the whole world is "discovered" by the Europeans.
So many revolutions...
French Revolution
Haitian Revolution
Latin American Revolutions
More mixing means:

more syncretism
creole culture
New inventions!
New social classes!
New transportation!
New weapons!
New problems!
New philosophies!

Growth of socialism
Invention of communism
Empires die...

Instead, we start seeing organization by
The Cold War - 1945-1991
Decolonization movement
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