The Early Modern Period in World History


With the class divided into groups, each group examines the histories of a different region between 1453 and 1789:

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • The Middle East
  • India and South Asia
  • South East Asia
  • East Asia
  • North America
  • South America

To do this, go to, and then to the menu option Atlas.

Select the region you’v been allocated from the left-hand list, and click on the map dated 1453 AD.

Study the map and read the information below it. Then move on to the next map (using the active timeline at the bottom of the page), and do the same. Repeat until you have studied the maps dated 1453, 1648 and 1789.

Whilst studying the maps:

List the major events (rise and fall of empires, important wars, and so on)

List the major trends – in what ways did societies change during these centuries –

  • in government and war
  • in religion and thought
  • in society and economy
  • in technology and science

What influences has this region received from the wider world?

– and has this region itself influenced the wider world? If so, in what way(s)?


Prepare a presentation on the history of your region using PowerPoint or another presentation tool. You can use the maps from the website if you wish (by saving them out as images), and if you have the time, use images from other sources as well.

Wrap up

Each group delivers its presentation.

While listening to the presentations, the other students jot down the major events, trends or episodes which they hear about.

Afterwards, the class lists the major events and changes in world history which occurred between 1453 and 1789 AD.

This is followed by a class discussion on the key events and changes in the history of the world during the Early Modern Period.