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AP World History

I took this test as a sophomore. Made a 5. 

Here are my notes from the class. I don't know how much they will help since they are MY notes and are written for ME in MY own style. However, its not NEARLY as bad as some of my other notes. Some parts are decipherable. There are some mistakes in them probably. But it is thorough. Another thing, when I took this course, we didn't have AP World in my school, we had PRE-AP for World His. So these notes are out of a dinky pre-AP/Levels textbook. But hey. I got a 5.

I got the Barron's World history book to supplement my reviews.

Anyway, I think the textbook we used was Prentice Hall or something.

Here are the Test Reviews
  1. Terms (1600-1900) -- Ch. 24,25,28 - List of terms that you should know from the Enlightenment, Scientific Revolution (1550-1789), the French Revolution, Napoleonic age (1789-1819), Nationalist Revolution (1789-1900), and a little stuff on Capitalism and Industrial Revolution (it was a packet that we got), Imperialism (1800-1914)
    - This is a general review of terms (names, people, etc.) from the period 1600-1900
  2. Greek History Review (800 BC-150 BC)
  3. India, China, Africa, Mesoamerica
  4. - this is a review, which means that the information is not very thorough. However, it does cover key points and major aspects of the topic - not to mention spands over long periods of time
    - India (300 BC-ish): Mauryan Empire, Asoka, Andhra empire, Gupta Empire
    - China: (200 BC-200 AD): Han Dynasty
    - Africa: Dejenne-Dejeno, Nok, Askum/Soloman/Sheba, Bantu
    - Americas: Pre-history, Agricultural revolution, Olmec, Zpotec, Andes, Chavin, Nazca, Moche
  5. Comparison between Muslim, Byzantine, Tang/Song, and Mongols - Each sections includes notes on PERSIA (political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and artistic aspects of the culture)
    - BTW: PERSIA is pretty handy when you write those comparison essays. The acronym names sure your essay covers all aspects of the question
  6. The Prince, The Courtier, and Japan - Ok, this one isn't exactly a test review. It has notes on specifics: Machiavelli, The Prince, The Courtier/Renaissance, and Japanese culture. It also includes a little tidbit on Leornardo daVinci too.
  7. Semester Revew: Terms - Up until the Holy Roman Empire, begining of middle ages. Seriously - spans a long period. Hunger-gatherer to Charlemagne. These are chapter 1-13 in my book; each chapter covers about 5-10 vocabulary terms (people, ideas/concepts, etc. etc.)

AP Reviews - a better review follows

  1. Japan Review - Feudal Japan (Heian, Fujiwara, Mianmotot, Kamakura, Askikaga); Unifiers (Tokugawa)
  2. Ancient near-east to 1900 - An uber-good review. Spands pretty much all of world history.
  3. Japan Review (794-1600) - Feudalism in Japan
  4. Religions - has notes on Judaisim, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucious, Christianity, Islam - this is notes from the Baron's review section on World Religions

Another set of AP Reviews - A comprehensive review from pre-history to the 20th century - may include repeats from the other AP Review

  1. Review 1 - Pre-history to fall of Rome - think this is notes from the Baron's book. But regardless, it is some gooood notes (note: for "o"s for effect).
    Review 1b - Gupta II, Buddhism, ancient China, ancient Russia, Mongols
    Review 1c - Muslim, Byzantine, Tang/Song, Mongols Comparison - I think this is a repeat of a review that I linked to earlier on this page, but it still is pretty good
  2. Review 2 - Rise of Islam, the Orients, Middle Ages, More Islam/Middle East stuff, Mughal empire, Savafid & Persian
  3. Review 3 - Imperialism, Latin America, Mexican Revolution
  4. Review 4 - African (1500 BC-500 AD); North/Central Africa; West Africa (Ghana, Hausa, Songhai, Mali, Benin); East/South Africa (Zimbabwe); America (900-1500s: Maya, Inca); China (1400-1800: Ming, Kangxi); Nationalism Revolution (1789-1900: Latin America, Mexico); Imperialism (1800-1914: China); Indian/SW Asia (1885-1925: fall o Ottoman)
  5. Review 5 - major world religion review and Song/Mongol/Ming Dynasty in China, Heian Japan, Sub-saharan Africa, Ancient Americas, Colonial Americas, Ottoman-ish Middle East, More sub-saharan Africa (colonial)
  6. China Timeline - Overview of China from Xia-Qing (2000 BC - 1912)


Here is the Chapter Reviews - These are notes I took during class

  1. Beginning - (Prehistory - 2500 BC)
  2. Chapter 2 (3500 BC-450 BC) - Early river valley civilizations - Mesopotamia, Egypt
  3. Chapter 3 (3500 BC-259 BC) - Indo European Migrations, Roots o Hinduism and Buddhism
  4. Chapter 4 (1570 BC-200 BC) - First empires - Egypt, Nubia, Assyria
    Chapter 4b - continued from above - ...Persia, China,
  5. Chapter 5 (2000 BC-700 AD) - Greece,
    Chapter 5b - continued from above
    Chapter 5c - continued from above - ... Alexander the Great, Hellenstic culture
  6. Chapter 6 (500 BC-500 AD) - Rome
    Chapter 6b - continued from above - ... Christianity, fall of Rome
  7. Chapter 7 (300 BC-55 AD) - Indian (Gupta), China (Han)
  8. Chapter 8 (1500 BC-500 AD) - Africa
  9. Chapter 9 (40000 BC-700 AD) - Americas - Olmec, Zapotec, Chavin, Nazca, Moche, etc.
  10. Chapter 10 (500-1500) - Rise of Islam, spread of Islam, Muslim achievements
  11. Chapter 11 (500-1500) - Byzantium, Russia, Turk
  12. Chapter 12 (600-1350) - East Asia - China (Han, Tang); Mongols
    Chapter 12b - continued from above - ... Japan, Southeast Asia, Korea,
  13. Chapter 13 (500-1200) - Middle Ages: Germany, Charlemagne, Feudalism, Chivalry, Holy Roman Empire (HRE)
  14. Chapter 14 (800-1500) - Western Europe: crusades, Eng/France developes, 100 year war
  15. Chapter 15 (800-1500) - Africa
  16. Chapter 16 (900-1500) - Americas: Maya, Inca,
  17. Chapter 17 (1300-1600) - Renaissance & Reformation
  18. Chapter 18 - not available
  19. Chapter 19 (1400-1800) - China (Ming); Japan
  20. Chapter 20 - not available
  21. Chapter 21 (1500-1800) - Monarchs in Europe; absolutism, Spain, France, Central Europe, Russia, England
  22. Chapter 22 (1550-1789) - Enlightment, Scientific revolution
  23. Chapter 23 (1789-1815) - French revolution, Napoleon (Nappy)
  24. Chapter 24 (1789-1900) - Nationalist revolutions: Latin America, Europe,
  25. Chapter 25 - not available
  26. Chapter 26 - not available
  27. Chapter 27 - not available
  28. Chapter 28 (1800-1914) - Imperialism: China, Japan, Latin America, MX Revolution
  29. Chapter 29 (1914-1918) - WWI
  30. Chapter 30 (1900-1939) - Revolution & Nationalism
  31. Chapter 31 (1919-1939) - Years of Crisis - uncertainty of in-between-the-war years
  32. Chapter 32 (1939-1945) - WWII

Yeah, that's it. Cold war, Vietnam, Korea, Modernity - uh... they don't exist. So there!

By the way, I always miss studying 1950+ on my APs: world history, European history, US history, heck - even Art History.

Recommendations

  1. http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html <-- Excellent TIMELINE - really puts things in perspective
  2. I used the Barron's Review - but that was because back in the days when the first World History test came out (man, I feel old) - the Barron's review was the only one I found on the bookshelf.