AP World History, Period 1: 10,000 BCE to 600 BCE

1. Premium Resources:

The following premium units are available for Period 1:

Ancient Civilizations: 4000 to 500 BCE

A panoramic overview of all the ancient civilizations of the Eastern Hemisphere up to 500 BCE.

Ancient Middle East I: The Bronze Age

The Bronze Age Middle East from 3500 to 1275 BCE,  covering the Sumerian, Babylonian, Ancient Egyptian and Hittite civilizations.

Ancient Middle East II: Age of Empires

The Middle East from 1275 BCE to 500 BCE, covering the Assyrian, Babylonian and beginning of Persian empire. It also references the history of the Israelites during this period.

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2. Free Resources:

World

Ancient Middle East

Ancient India and the Indus Valley Civilization

Ancient China and its neighbours

Ancient America

Ancient Europe

This section contains links to useful maps and articles within the Timemap of World History for AP World History, Period 1 (10000 BCE to 600 BCE).

The Maps are accompanied by short descriptions of what’s going on in the region shown. The Articles allow students to study topics in more depth. Here, just a selection of key articles are referenced, due to the time constraints the AP world history program imposes. For a full list of articles, go to the TimeMaps Encyclopedia home page.

The World

Maps:

For a global perspective on this period, see

World maps for 3500 BCE2500 BCE1500 BCE1000 BCE500 BCE

Note: information on these maps can be found below each map; scroll down below the timelines and you’ll reach it.

Selected articles:

The Hunter-Gatherers

The Coming of Farming

The Rise of Civilization

The Ancient Middle East

Maps:

For a broad perspective on the Middle East, where the first urban civilizations in world history were located and spread their influence through trade and empire see:

Middle East 3500 BCE – 2500 BCE – 1500 BCE – 1000 BCE – 500 BCE

For a close-up on the civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, see:

Iraq 3500 BCE – 2500 BCE – 1500 BCE – 1000 BCE – 500 BCE
Egypt 3500 BCE – 2500 BCE – 1500 BCE – 1000 BCE – 500 BCE

For a look at other countries in the Middle East which were influenced by the great civilizations through trade or empire, see:

Turkey 2500 BCE – 1500 BCE – 1000 BCE – 500 BCE
Syria 2500 BCE – 1500 BCE – 1000 BCE – 500 BCE
Arabia 1000 BCE – 500 BCE
Iran 2500 BCE – 1500 BCE – 1000 BCE – 500 BCE

Selected articles:

The Ancient Middle East

Ancient Mesopotamia

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Assyria

The Hittites

The Phoenicians

Ancient Israel

Ancient India and the Indus Valley civilizations

Maps:

For the Indus Civilization and what came after, see:

India and South Asia 3500 BCE – 2500 BCE – 1500 BCE – 1000 BCE – 500 BCE

Selected articles:

Indus Valley civilization

The Vedic Age of Ancient India

Ancient China and its neighbours

Maps:

For Ancient China, including the Shang and early Zhou dynasties, see:

China 2500 BCE – 1500 BCE – 1000 BCE – 500 BCE

For a broader perspective on East Asia, showing the spread of farming and civilization from China to neighbouring countries such as Korea and Japan, see:

East Asia 3500 BCE – 2500 BCE – 1500 BCE – 1000 BCE – 500 BCE

Selected articles:

History of Ancient East Asia

The Shang dynasty

The Zhou dynasty

Ancient America

Maps:

For the Chavin civilization:

Peru 1500 BCE – 1000 BCE – 500 BCE

For the Olmec civilization, see:

Central America 3500 BCE – 2500 BCE – 1500 BCE – 1000 BCE – 500 BCE

Selected articles:

Pre-Columbian civilization

Ancient Europe

Maps:

For Europe as a whole:

Europe 3500 BCE – 2500 BCE – 1500 BCE – 1000 BCE – 500 BCE

For Greece and the Aegean, the home of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations:

Greece 1500 BCE – 1000 BCE – 500 BCE

Selected articles:

This region isn’t really mentioned in the AP course guidance, but it is useful for looking at the way influences from the Middle East led to the rise of civilization here:

Ancient Europe

The Minoan civilization

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3. Teaching ideas

This section has lesson ideas for using TimeMaps resources with AP Period 1. Please adapt them for your particular requirements.

Early civilizations
Gets students to focus on the evolution of early river valley civilizations and their off-shoots from 3500 BCE to 600 BCE.

An overview of Period 1 from 3500 to 600 BCE
A briefer version of the above.

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