AP World History and the TimeMap of World History

(If you are not teaching the AP world history course, please go to the full list of premium resources for high school teachers.)

The Timemap of World History is an ideal resource for supporting the teaching of world history at Advanced Placement level.

Contents:

Unit 1. Global Tapestry c. 1200 to c. 1450

Unit 2. Networks of Exchange c. 1200 to c. 1450

Unit 3. Land-based Empires c. 1450 to c. 1750

Unit 4: Transoceanic Connections c.1450  to  c.1750

Unit 5: Revolutions, 1750-1900

Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization, 1750-1900

Entries for Units 7, 8 and 9 are coming soon

 

Unit 1. Global Tapestry c. 1200 to c. 1450

1. Premium Resources

The following Premium resources are available for this Unit. 

In all cases these resources cover the centuries well before coverage by the AP World History Modern course starts. This allows teachers to fill in the historical back-story for their students. This can be done quickly and concisely, or at more depth. Either way, it will enable students to understand the historical context for these civilizations much more fully than if their first contact with them was at 1200.

Medieval China: from Sui to Song, 600 to 1450Teachers Notes

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.

Medieval India: from Harsha to Babur, 500 to 1450Teachers Notes

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.

Europe in the Middle Ages (PowerPoint Presentation) + Teachers Notes

An outline survey of the history of Europe during the Medieval period. Covers the centuries from the fall of the Roman empire: the rise of Feudal Europe, the formation of France, England, Germany, eastern Europe and Russia, the decline of the Byzantine Empire, the Black Death, the Hundred Years’ War and more.

2. Free maps and articles

The relevant maps for Unit 1 in the free section of the TimeMap Atlas are those dated 979 CE, 1215 CE and 1450 CE.

While not aimed specifically at AP students, nor even to education as narrowly-defined, they contain much information of use to studying the period.

Articles giving more in-depth details and backgrounds to all the topics covered here can be found in our Encyclopedia.

Unit 2. Networks of Exchange c. 1200 to c. 1450

1. Premium Resources

World Trade in the Medieval Era (Teachers Notes under development)

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.

Teaching about the Medieval World using the TimeMap of World History

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 maps and articles

The relevant maps for Unit 2 in the free section of the TimeMap Atlas are those dated 979 CE, 1215 and 1450.

The maps are not aimed specifically at AP students, nor even to education. However, they contain much information of use to studying the period.

Articles giving more in-depth details and backgrounds to all the topics covered here can be found in our Encyclopedia.

Unit 3. Land-based Empires c. 1450 to c. 1750

1. Premium Resources:

The following Premium resources are available for this period:

China: the Late Dynasties: 1450 to 1760 CETeachers Notes

Looks at the Ming and Qing dynasties, when imperial China reached its peak. The unit leaves the Qing dynasty at its magnificent height – its decline is dealt with in the next section.

India: the Mughal era: 1450 to 1750 CETeachers Notes

Covers the early modern period in the history of the Indian subcontinent, dominated by the  rise and fall of the glorious Mughal empire.

Early Modern Europe: 1450 to 1750 CETeachers Notes

Includes the periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Counter-Reformation, Wars of religion, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.

Teaching about the Early Modern World using the TimeMap of World History

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 resources.

2. Free maps and articles

The relevant maps for Unit 3 in the free section of the TimeMap Atlas are those dated 1450, 1648 and 1789.

While not aimed specifically at AP students, nor even to education as narrowly-defined, they contain much information of use to studying the period.

Articles giving more in-depth details and backgrounds to all the topics covered here can be found in our Encyclopedia.

Unit 4: Transoceanic Connections c.1450  to  c.1750

1. Premium Resources:

The following Premium resources are available for this period:

World Trade in the Early Modern Era (Teachers Notes under development)

A sequence of maps traces the development of trade routes across the world in the early modern era, between 1453 and 1789. The sequence shows the dramatic expansion of European-controlled maritime trade routes as they grow to link the oceans fo the world within one trading system, and references the impacts this global system has on different regions of the world.

Teaching about the Early Modern World using the TimeMap of World History

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 resources.

2. Free maps and articles

The relevant maps for Unit 4 in the free section of the TimeMap Atlas are those dated 1450, 1648 and 1789.

While not aimed specifically at AP students, nor even to education as narrowly-defined, they contain much information of use to studying the period.

Articles giving more in-depth details and backgrounds to all the topics covered here can be found in our Encyclopedia.

Unit 5: Revolutions, 1750-1900

1. Premium Resources

The following Premium resources are available for this period:

Modern Europe: 1750-1900 CE (Teachers Notes under development)

Takes in the Enlightenment, French Revolution and Napoleon, the Industrial Revolution, the 1848 revolutions, and the unification of Italy and Germany.

Modern China: the Later Imperial Period: 1760-1901 CE (Teachers Notes under development)

Covers the Opium Wars, the Taiping rebellion, The Self-Strengthening Movement, the Sino-Japanese War and the Boxer rebellion.

Teaching about Modern World using the TimeMap of World History

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 resources.

2. Free maps and articles

The relevant maps for Unit 3 in the free section of the TimeMap Atlas are those dated 1789, 1837, 1871 and 1914.

While not aimed specifically at AP students, nor even to education as narrowly-defined, they contain much information of use to studying the period.

Articles giving more in-depth details and backgrounds to all the topics covered here can be found in our Encyclopedia.

Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization, 1750-1900

1. Premium Resources

The following Premium resources are available for this period:

India: the British Raj: 1750 to 1900 CE (Teachers Notes under development)

Looks at the rise of British rule in India, the nature of that rule, and its impact on Indian society.

Modern China: the Later Imperial Period: 1760-1901 CE (Teachers Notes under development)

Covers the Opium Wars, the Taiping rebellion, The Self-Strengthening Movement, the Sino-Japanese War and the Boxer rebellion.

Teaching about Modern World using the TimeMap of World History

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 resources.

2. Free maps and articles

The relevant maps for Unit 3 in the free section of the TimeMap Atlas are those dated 1789, 1837, 1871 and 1914.

While not aimed specifically at AP students, nor even to education as narrowly-defined, they contain much information of use to studying the period.

Articles giving more in-depth details and backgrounds to all the topics covered here can be found in our Encyclopedia.

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Benefits for AP students in using the Timemap of World History

The TimeMap of World History has great benefits for AP world history students.I

1. The visual nature of the resources offers an engaging approach to studying world history. This helps in developing knowledge and understanding about the subject.

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

3. 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. 

4. 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.

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

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