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The premium units are directly relevant to school and college history courses.  They give students a panoramic overview of the big topic, and are:

  • highly effective class presentations, ideal for teachers to introduce or wrap up topics;
  • great resources for students to use in their own research; and
  • engaging and powerful ways to a much greater understanding of events.

The following titles are aimed specially at AP world history. Middle school teachers, please go to our Middle School Premium section.


Period 1: Ancient World

Ancient Civilizations: 4000 to 500 BCE

Teachers Notes

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

Ancient Middle East I: The Bronze Age

Teachers Notes

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

Teachers Notes

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.

Early Civilizations

Offers teachers suggestions as to what students should include when completing the tasks set in the free teaching unit on Early Civilizations.

Period 2: The Classical World

Greece and Persia: 500 BCE to 500 CE

Teachers Notes

The interactions between the Persians and the Greeks from before the Persian Wars to after Alexander the Great.

Classical India: 500 BCE to 500 CE

Teachers Notes

The history of theIndian subcontinent from the time of the Buddha to that of the Gupta Empire.

Classical China: 500 BCE to 500 CE

Teachers Notes

The history of ancient China from the time of Confucius to after the fall of the Han empire.

The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire: 500 BCE to 500 CE

Teachers Notes

This sequence of maps follows the fortunes of Rome as it faces down threats to its very existence in its early days and goes on to dominate the Mediterranean world.

Classical Civilizations

A lesson idea offering teachers suggestions as to what students should include when completing the tasks set in the free teaching unit on Classical Civilizations.

Period 3: The Medieval World, 500/600 CE to 1450 CE

Medieval China: from Sui to Song, 500 to 1450

Teachers 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 1450

Teachers 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.

Medieval Europe I: 400 to 1000 CE

Teachers Notes

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.

Medieval Europe II: 1000 to 1450 CE

Teachers Notes

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.

Period 4: The Early Modern World, 1450 to 1750 CE

China: the Late Dynasties: 1450 to 1760 CE

Teachers 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 CE

Teachers 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 CE

Teachers Notes

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

Period 5: The Modern Era

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.

Modern Europe: 1750-1900 CE

Teachers Notes under development

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

More topics will be added on an ongoing basis. [More on planned premium content]