AP World History: Modern

AP World History: Modern is modeled after a college-level world history course consisting of topics commonly taught at the college level and that will be found on the AP World History: Modern test. AP World History: Modern comprises two separate courses, semester 1, which covers the time period between 1200 and 1750, and semester 2 which covers the time period between 1750 and present. In each course, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes. Students develop and use skills, practices, and methods such as: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course explores six themes that are woven throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: humans and the environment (ENV), cultural developments and interactions (CDI), governance (GOV), economic systems (ECN), social interactions and organization (SIO), and technology and innovation (TEC).


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Unit 1: Global Tapestry c.1200 - c.1450

  • Developments in East Asia
  • The Rise of Islam
  • Developments in South and Southeast Asia
  • State Building in the Americas
  • Post-classical East, Southeast Asia, and Africa
  • Developments in Europe

Unit 2: Networks of Exchange c. 1200 - c. 1450

  • Technology, Trade & Communication
  • Cultural Transfer through Empire Building and Trade
  • Networks of Exchange in Africa-Eurasia

Unit 3: Land-Based Empires c. 1450 - c. 1750

  • Empire Expansion in Asia and Middle East
  • Europe 1450-1750

Unit 4: Transoceanic Interconnections c. 1450 - c. 1750

  • Innovations and Exchange
  • Maritime Empires
  • Colonial Settlements


Unit 5: Revolutions c. 1750 to c. 1900

  • Enlightenment and Political Revolutions
  • Industrialization and Nation Building
  • An Interconnected World Market
  • Changing Political Landscapes

Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization c. 1750 to c. 1900

  • Ideological Imperialism
  • Economic Imperialism

Unit 7: Global Conflict c. 1900 to the present

  • Origins of the First World War
  • The Course of World War I
  • A Post-War World
  • Between Wars
  • The Course of World War II

Unit 8: Cold War and Decolonization c. 1900 to the present

  • Cold War Origins
  • Decolonization and Independence Movements
  • Communism Collapse & End of the Cold War

Unit 9: Globalization c. 1900 to the present

  • Modern Advances in Technology
  • Modern Trade and Terrorism
  • Globalized Culture
  • Institutions in a Developing World

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