1. Premium Resources:
The following Premium resources are available for this Period:
A sequence of maps traces the development of trade routes across the world in the Medieval Era between 500 CE and 1453 CE, and references the impact these have on different regions of the world.
This sequence includes the middle centuries of the imperial age of Chinese history, when China’s identity as a Confucian, bureaucratic state is tested, confirmed and refined.
During this period of South Asian history, great cultural changes take place: the decline of Buddhism, the rise of mature Hinduism, and the intrusion of Islam.
The formation of Europe – the fall of the Roman empire, the rise of Frankish Europe, the Vikings, the partition of Europe and the formation of France, Germany, eastern Europe and Russia.
The High Middle Ages – includes the Norman Conquest of England, the decline of the Byzantine Empire, the Crusades, the Black Death, the Hundred Years’ War and more.
Suggestions on how to use the TimeMap of World History with your students. They focus on using the free maps, but are equally relevant to the premium maps.
These suggestions are in addition to those offered in the teaching notes which accompany the other Premium units.
2. Free Resources:
This page contains links to useful maps and articles within the Timemap of World History for AP World History, Period 3 (600 CE to 1450 CE): the Medieval era.
Please note: the date labels in the Timemap of World History are currently in the older notation of BC and AD rather than BCE and CE; the Timemap was originally created in the UK where the newer notation is not in general use. Also, the maps in the Timemap of World History do not quite conform to the AP periodisation; however, they are sufficiently close to them for teachers to use them effectively with only slight adjustment.
Most articles are listed under the different Big regions of the world (below), but this one just doesn’t fit:
A short historical survey of the vast Mongol empire, which came to cover much of the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and parts of South East Asia.
For a birds-eye view of European medieval history, see:
The above maps give access to the following individual countries of Europe:
This articles offers a general survey of medieval European society and culture.
For more detail, look at:
Medieval Europe: Church History
For a broad perspective on the Middle East in this period, especially noteworthy for the rise and decline of the Muslim Caliphate:
Follow the links in these maps to the individual countries for more detail:
A short historical survey of the Islamic Caliphate from its inception, in the 7th century, through to the death of the last caliph at the hands of the Mongols in the 13th century.
Medieval African history is notable for the growth of the trans-Saharan trade and of West African kingdoms:
Focusses on the medieval West African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhay.
For the period of Indian history from the Gupta to the Delhi Sultanate, see:
After a short historical survey covering the period from the end of the Gupta empire through to the end of the Delhi Sultanate, this article looks at the society and economy of medieval India, its religions, languages and literature, and art and architecture.
Surveys the series of great states which emerged in the Deccan plateau of central India in ancient and medieval times. After an historical overview, it covers government, religion, art, literature and economy.
A short introduction of who the Rajputs were, and their role in Indian history.
A brief historical survey of the rise and fall of the Delhi Sultanate, India’s first major Muslim dynasty – and surely one of the most overlooked great states in world history.
For the middle dynasties of imperial China, see:
For more detail on neighbouring countries, when both came to embrace many elements of Chinese civilization but then take their own directions, see:
For a broader perspective on East Asia, showing the interactions between the major areas, see:
Looks at the period of division and weakness between the end of the Han dynasty and the rise of the Sui dynasty (220 CE to 589 CE).
Looks at the brief but very important period in power of the Sui dynasty, which reunited China after almost 400 years of division.
Looks at one of the most glorious periods in China’s long history, under the Tang dynasty.
Looks at the Song period, one of the most dynamic periods in China’s history, a time of economic and technological progress.
After a brief history of Japan, this article surveys pre-modern Japanese government, society, economy, beliefs, literature, art and architecture.
This period sees the emergence of international maritime trade routes, spawning powerful kingdoms and empires:
For Oceania, the AP course requires a complete review of its earlier history, so:
For the Andean civilizations from its beginnings through to the rise of the Inca empire:
For the broader context of Andean civilization, see:
For Mesoamerica, including Teotihuacan, the rise and decline of the Mayan civilization, and the rise of the Aztec state, see:
For the native American cultures of North America, see:
A short summary of the civilizations in South and Central America before the Europeans arrived. Includes coverage of the Chavin, Moche, Wari, Tiwanaku, Chimor and Inca in South America, and Olmec, Zatopec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Toltec and Aztec in Central America.
A more in-depth look at the history and civilization of the Maya of Central America.
An more in-depth look at the history and civilization of the Inca Empire.
An more in-depth look at the history and civilization of the Aztec Empire.
An overview of the history and cultures of Pre-Columbian North America.