Advanced Placement World History
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but do you think you have what it takes to learn it in one? This is a college-level course and will require extensive reading by the student. We begin with the study of ancient Egypt and continue past the fall of the Berlin Wall into the Global War on Terror. Or is that the War on Global Terrorists? The focus of this course is the intensification of international contacts, and it is truly global in scope. It thus embraces ancient empires and city states in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Mesoamerica; the expansion of Islam; the Dark Ages and the Crusades; empires in China and India; Mongol dominance; the Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution; European exploration, Spanish conquest of the Americas, and the Atlantic Slave Trade; Absolutism, the Enlightenment, and the American and French Revolutions; the spread of nationalism and industrialization; European dominance and global colonization; both World Wars, the Cold War and world-wide independence movements; and finally the new international system being created in the 21st Century. As a survey course it will focus on themes throughout history that serve as unifying threads, helping students to put what is particular about each period or society into a larger framework, and providing ways to make comparisons over time. These themes include the impact of interaction in and among societies; the relationship of change and continuity across the world; the impact of technology and demography on people and the environment; the importance of social and gender structures; the triumph and failures of cultural and intellectual developments; and changes in the functions and structures of political systems at home and abroad.