AP World History explores world history from c. 1200 CE to present through the lens of concepts like humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions and economic systems. Click through our free AP World History study guides and flashcards below:
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What is the AP World History: Modern exam format?
The exam format includes 55 multiple-choice questions, three short answer questions, and two free-response questions. Students are allotted 55 minutes to complete the multiple-choice section, 40 minutes for the short answer section, and 1 hour and 40 minutes to compose their responses to the free response questions. To make sure you’re prepared enough to finish in time, take a look through our free AP World History study guide that covers the most important material you should know.
How do I study for AP World History: Modern?
You’ve likely covered a lot of material during your course this year, but to get a 5 on the AP exam, it’s important you understand how often each topic shows up. Once you take a look through the breakdown below, make sure to read through the AP World History study guide above with all the key points you should know for each unit.
What units are on AP World History: Modern?
Unit 1: The Global Tapestry (1200-1450)
You'll explore how states formed, expanded, and declined in areas of the world during the period c. 1200–c. 1450 and the related political, social, and cultural developments of that time. You’ll also learn about states in Africa, Afro-Eurasia, East Asia, Europe, South and Southeast Asia and the Americas, as well as Global and regional religions and belief systems.
Unit 2 : Networks of Exchange
In this unit, you’ll learn how areas of the world were linked through trade and how these connections affected people, cultures, and environments. This will cover the Silk Roads, the Mongol Empire, the Indian Ocean trading network, the trans Saharan trade routes and the effects of cross cultural interactions.
Unit 3 : Land Based Empires
You'll begin your study of the period c. 1450–c. 1750 with an exploration of the empires that held power over large contiguous areas of land. This will include the development of the Manchu, Mughal, Ottoman, and Safavid empires, as well as how the rulers of each empire maintained their powder and religious developments in each of the empires.
Unit 4: Transoceanic Interconnections
In this unit, you’ll learn about advances in ocean exploration, the development of new maritime empires, and the effects of new cross-cultural encounters. This will cover the influence of scientific learning and technological innovation, The Columbian Exchange, the development and expansion of maritime empires, internal and external challenges to state power and changes to social hierarchies linked to the spread of empires.
Unit 5 : Revolutions
You’ll start your study of the period c. 1750–c. 1900 by exploring the new political ideas and developments in technology that led to large-scale changes in governments, society, and economies. This covers the Enlightenment, revolutions against existing governments and the birth of new nation-states, the Industrial Revolution, trade policies and the development of industrial economies.
Unit 6 : Consequences of Industrialization
You'll continue to investigate the period c. 1750–c. 1900 and learn how the different states acquired and expanded control over colonies and territories. This will also cover state expansion in the 18th and 19th centuries, resistance to imperialism, the growth of the global economy, economic imperialism, as well as the causes and effects of next migration patterns.
Unit 7 : Global Conflict
You'll begin your study of the period c. 1900–present by learning about the global conflicts that dominated this era. In this unit, you will study the changes in global political order after 1900, World War 1 (causes and how it was fought), the interwar period, world war 2 and mass atrocities after 1900.
Unit 8 : Cold War and Decolonization
As you continue exploring the period c. 1900–present, you’ll learn about colonies’ pursuits of independence and the global power struggle between capitalism and communism. This will cover the causes and effects of the Cold War, spread of communism, a look at how colonies in Asia and Africa achieved independence, the creation of new states after decolonization and the end of the Cold War.
Unit 9 : Globalization
You'll continue your study of the period c. 1900–present by investigating the causes and effects of the unprecedented connectivity of the modern world. In this unit, you will study advances in technology and their effects, disease, environment, economic change, movements for reform, how globalization changed culture and new international institutions.
What are the video resources?
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Where can I ask AP World History: Modern questions?
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What is AP World History: Modern?
AP World History explores world history in the context of humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation.. On this page, you’ll find AP World History resources to help you with your AP World History review.