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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, to 500 BCE

The Origins and Spread of Farming (PowerPoint unit)

Teachers Notes

A sequence of world maps shows the origins and spread of farming in world history, between c. 10000 BCE and c. 3500 BCE.

World Trade Routes – the Ancient World

Teachers Notes coming soon

Early Civilizations: 4000 to 500 BCE

Teachers Notes

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

Early Civilizations Activities

Teachers Notes

Three student activities for reinforcing knowledge and understanding of the early civilizations.

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 (Teacher notes)

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, 600/500 BCE to 500 CE

Greece and Persia: 585 BCE to 100 CE

Teachers Notes

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

The Persian Wars, 499 BCE to 478 BCE (PowerPoint unit)

Teachers Notes

Focuses on the famous wars between the Persian empire and the Greek city-states which included the battles of Marathon, Thermopylae and Salamis.

Classical India: 500 BCE to 500 CE

Teachers Notes

The history of the Indian 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.

Roman Government (PowerPoint unit)

Teachers Notes

Traces the evolution of Roman government from the early days of Rome under the kings, right through the Republic and into the early Empire.

Classical Civilizations (Teacher notes)

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, 400/500 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 Gupta 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.

Europe in the Middle Ages (PowerPoint unit)

Teachers Notes

This presentation offers a birds-eye view of a thousand years of European history (c. 400-1450). For more in-depth coverage, please go to the following two titles.

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]