AP world history and the TimeMap of World History

The AP World History syllabus will change for Autumn 2019. We will update this page when we know more details.


Guidance for teachers of AP World History

Benefits for AP World History students

Guidance for teachers of AP World History

Period 1: 10000 BCE to 600 BCE

Period 2: 600 BCE to 600 CE

Period 3: 600 CE to 1450 CE

Period 4: 1450 CE to 1750 CE

Period 5: 1750 CE to 1900 CE

Period 6: 1900 CE to Present

2. Benefits for AP students in using the Timemap of World History

The TimeMap of World History is structured to offer a combination of maps at different geographical levels – world, big region, country – all within a single framework of dates. This has great benefits for AP world history students.

1. It gives them a stronger sense of the chronology of world history than (we truly believe) any other resource can do.

2. The World and Regional maps allow students to see clearly the connections between regions and civilizations, whether these be through migration, trade, exploration, missionary activity or conquest. The context in which the different civilizations rise and fall, and the contributions each make to ongoing global history, becomes clear. All five AP World History themes are well covered. 

3. Patterns of causation, continuity and change can be studied very effectively. Students can start thinking more fruitfully about key turning points in world history, and about different schemes of periodization.

4. Comparisons and contrasts between different regions at different times can be explored easily.


The atlas is supplemented by an expanding encyclopaedia. The growing range of articles treat topics in more detail than the maps do. Some articles give a brief survey of the major civilizations of world history – their governments, societies, economies, religions and so on – while others give a more in-depth account of their histories. All articles are designed to be accessible to reasonably literate readers, and are not restricted to academic researchers.

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